Monday, July 24, 2017

August Birthstone: Peridot!

THIS is a tough color - it's really difficult to find any sort of accessories in this lime-y shade of green. But I think that it's a unique accent color that's well worth considering. If you're not comfortable wearing it close to your face, don't discount the beauty and the impact of a ring and/or bracelet...

As the weather remains really warm here in Chicago, I continued to build these little vignettes around dresses, although a couple of the dresses are decidedly more autumnal in feel - some for now, some for later!

I mentioned on Friday that I feel like the best balance for a wardrobe to lean much toward accessories, in a ratio to garments. On Friday when I got dressed to go out, I put on ONE dress (more than one would be eccentric...) and SIX accessories - two bracelets, a watch, a pair of earrings, sandals and my crossbody bag. This is probably the highest number of accessories you can wear with a single garment on a regular basis. Except... I have a dear friend who wear a TON of silver jewelry every day. Maybe a dozen pieces? 3 or 4 layered necklaces? 3 bracelets on each wrist? a handful, literally, of rings? And she always looks marvelous...

For these images, I'm not suggesting that you'd wear all of the accessories at the same time. Unless you want to. I always think that what you want is MOST IMPORTANT...

beige dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Saranarat; necklace – Kendra Scott; ring - Ippolita; sandals - L’Amour; dress – Uniqlo; scarf - Domenico Tagliente; tote – The North Face

For the grey dress, I opted for silver sandals and a grey bag - it was becoming difficult to find sandals in the right color, and the handbags that I found were... unusual. You will want to be patient if you choose to collect this color!

grey dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Lafonn; necklace – Yuniati; bracelet – Alex and Ani; sandals – Halogen; dress – Uniqlo; scarf – Salvatore Ferragamo; cell phone bag – South Moon Under

If you struggle when searching online for a particular birthstone, rather than searching for that particular stone, search for the term "birthstone." It's often more productive!

rust dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Kendra Scott; necklace – Satya; ring – Bhavesh; sandals – Splendid; dress – Uniqlo; scarf – P.A.R.O.S.H.; tote – Madewell

Don't be dissuaded if you don't like the first peridots that you see - they come in all sorts of shades of green. You might find some that are perfect...

And yes, the grouping with the (very inexpensive) teal dress is a little bit over the top, but I really love this dress and thought that it deserved the FULL peridot green treatment!

teal dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Kenari; bracelet – Iosselliani; ring - Olivia Grace Jewellery; boots - Aquazzura; dress – Uniqlo; scarf – Image Diary; bag - Mehry Mu

I really liked this mix of green shades with the focus on a bright bracelet - maybe a really deep manicure in the darkest red shades?

olive dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Alok Jain; bracelet – Nareerat; ring – Alok Jain; dress – Uniqlo; scarf – Gap; bag - Loewe

Don't forget the possibility of finding accents of peridot green in printed garments, or in jewelry with an assortment of stones...

black dress with peridot accessories

earrings – Melissa Joy Manning; ring - Tresor Collection; ballet flats – Andrea Morando; dress – Uniqlo; scarf– Roberto Cavalli; bracelet – Bloomingdale’s; bag – Issey Miyake

There's a lot to be said for making the effort to find a unique accent color - you certainly won't see yourself coming and going on the streets! Yes, it might take you months to assemble a solid "accessory family," but then you'll have it for years and years...

love,
Janice

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18 comments:

  1. Not my birthstone - but I love this color and have built up a small set of accessories over the years. So this was fun to see and now I have my eyes on those sandals in the first capsule.

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  2. Lovely, especially with the olive. And I've just seen this... so tempting... https://www.marksandspencerlondon.com/au/pure-silk-floral-print-scarf/p/P60107320.html?dwvar_P60107320_color=KA

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    1. Oh that's LOVELY, and a really good deal. When I'm tempted by a scarf I usually give in...
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Such a lovely scarf, thanks for bringing it to our attention.
      Janice, would you consider creating a wardrobe for us starting with this scarf?

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  3. For some reason my parents (over the years) gave me two sets of earrings, a necklace, and a gorgeous ring (a huge stone) all of Peridots, even though my birthstone is Sapphire and I don't wear much green! I wear the ring but haven't worn any of the other pieces in ages and I've been wondering what to do with them. Then, last week I was at the theatre with a bunch of friends and noticed that one of them was wearing Peridot earrings. She has light red hair and favours those soft bright colours of lemon and lime etc. - I am thinking of offering the necklace and earrings to her as I'm sure she will wear them and it seems such a shame to have them just lying around in my jewellery box for years on end. She also has a pale lime green bag that she loves (that French co, I can't remember the name of at the moment) so I really think she will appreciate them.

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    1. I love this idea - especially since they're from you, and they were from your parents and thus have a lot of history. Generosity is always the most joyous of impulses...
      hugs,
      Janice

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  4. Each of these dresses is very appealing as a wardrobe basic. With silhouettes so easy to dress up or down I'd consider purchasing one of each style and living in dresses all summer long (and just toss on a topper when the weather gets cooler).

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  5. Oooohhhhhh I have ONE peridot earring as the other disappeared; I love wearing in one of the holes in my head er ears. The story of how it came to be is rather fun. Thanks for the 2 shoutouts, you sweetie ;-)

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    2. Scottie, I once lost one piece of lovely sapphire earring set so I had the remaining one made into a pendant for a necklace and it is beautiful on a simple gold chain. I wear it often. Janice Collins, Washington DC

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  6. "You will want to be patient if you choose to collect this color!" Yes. I love this color, and it took me three years to find the right shoes, but only two years to find the right scarf. :)

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  7. What about December? It isn't on your list at the bottom.

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    1. The last 4 months are yet to be written - hold on tight and I'll do you proud!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  8. Thank you for this nice read, I've just recently got into Peridot as it was the color that kept coming to me during meditation, now I have beautiful Peridot earrings and several bracelets I wear daily.

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  9. Especially gorgeous with the deep teal, wowza! It may become easier to find peridot accessories with Golden Lime as a Pantone color for F/W...

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  10. Peridot is my birthstone but it looks horrible on me. The only peridot earrings I wear are gold mixed with garnet, citrine and amethyst. My favorite outfits posted are the dark teal and olive ones.

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  11. Oh, yes please! Peridot is my birthstone & I love that sharp, clear, citrusy green & wear it well -- often pairing it with the copper you show it with (or black), as they suit me to a tee even as I get older. About 20 years ago I indulged in a lime green leather jacket that looks like a million bucks on me; it was insanely expensive but I still wear it almost weekly so it's down to about fifty cents/wearing by now! One of the best buys I've ever made. I have one pair of delicate peridot earrings I never wear. They're set in gold (which I've never worn) & I just do not do "delicate" when it comes to jewelry: like your friend, I wear armloads of silver bracelets & multiple rings/hand & either big, bold earrings or numerous smaller hoops & studs at a time. But you've motivated me now to see if I can find a pair I like, along with a ring! Thanks for another great post.

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