February 23, 2017
From now on, I’m going to try to write the “birthstone” post a few days before the beginning of the corresponding month – in case you have a gift to find. (and yes, gifts to yourself are legitimate gifts!)
This turned out to be a much more difficult blog post than I expected. Normally, the first thing I would do is Google the word “aquamarine” and see how the color is “defined,” i.e. how you arrange your RGB settings to get that color. (RGB is Red Green Blue – numerical settings that you can combine to get any color of the rainbow…) Then I’d change the word “Aquamarine” on each page to that shade of blue, as well as change the wee diamonds in the page dividers to that hue.
Well, THAT was interesting. It turns out that there are a wide range of opinions around the color, from light jade, through to a pretty true green, and then turquoise, fading into something that looks just about like a light water-blue topaz-ish color…
So, that makes blogging a little bit more challenging, but it gives the person who wants to wear aquamarines a delightful variety of options! When you bear in mind that clear stones can be faceted, while milky or opaque stones can be polished, you have even more ways to wear your March birthstone!
Sweatshirt – Uniqlo; earrings – Nancy Nelson; skort – L.L.Bean; bracelet – Gorjana; Sweatshirt– Lands’ End; earrings – Jude Frances; bracelet – QVC; shoes – UGG; skort – L.L.Bean
Here we have some of the really green-ish stones, then moving into some that are distinctly blue.And I felt like looking at sweatshirts, because I’m discovering (in my mid 50’s…) that a comfy sweatshirt can be a hard-working part of a casual wardrobe. And there’s no reason that your casual wardrobe can’t be color-coordinated and beautifully accessorized, right?
Sweatshirt – Uniqlo; earrings – Pippa Small; ring – Boho Gypsy; shorts – L.L.Bean; Sweatshirt – Lands’ End; earrings – Hagit Gorali; ring – Thomas Sabo; shorts – L.L.Bean; sandals – Naturalizer
I love my short-sleeved sweatshirt…
Sweatshirt – Uniqlo; earrings – Kohl’s; ring – By Emily; sweatpants – Uniqlo; sandals – Børn; Sweatshirt – Uniqlo; earrings – QVC; ring – HSN; shoes – Naturalizer; skort – L.L.Bean
I switched out the dresses, but kept to the general idea of a beautiful piece of jewelry and a lovely scarf. Add a pair of comfortable, pretty shoes, and you’re dressed!
The most interesting part of writing this post, for me, was to see that there were aquamarines that appear to be pink! (And this is NOT an expensive piece of jewelry, by any stretch of the imagination!)The 2nd necklace here uses the aquamarines as an accent with other materials – yet another possibility when you’re looking at your birthstone. Maybe you’ll find a piece that combines your birthstone with that of one of your favorite people…
dress – Uniqlo; scarf – Le Kasha; necklace – Cowgirl Chile Co. Jewelry; scarf – Gucci; necklace – Cowgirl Chile Co. Jewelry; dress – Uniqlo
This beige dress looks so comfortable… sigh….
You can see here on this page the variety of shades of light blue possible when we talk of aquamarine. All of these things just scream SPRING to me; it might be a bit too soon, but it’s wise to be prepared!
Ring – Lafonn; hat – Emporio Armani; floral scarf – Nordstrom; sunglasses – Prism; solid scarf – Hinge; necklace – Talbots; handbag – Kate Spade New York; backpack – Braccialini; ballet flats – Tod’s; athletic shoes – Keds; loafers – Talbots
More from the Birthstone Series:
I love all the shades of the aquamarine jewellery you have chosen, and wear most of these shades. Wear mainly casual clothes, but like to have 1 or 2 dresses. A pity I live in the southern hemisphere.
And my birthday is in March
This is yet another demonstration of the way that accessories can enhance one's wardrobe. I have much to learn!!!!
These combinations are gorgeous – especially loved the camel/beige combo. The dress with those aquamarines, swoon.
What a gorgeous accent color — in all of its interpretations !
My favourite shade of Aquamarine is the glacial blue which you have shown in the kohl earrings and Emily ring on slide 3. However, rather than styling them with yellow gold and brown clothing, I would choose white gold or silver and off-white/sky blue/denim clothes as I'm fair in colouring and prefer the cooler shades. I'm also loving the little backpacks that you show, especially the sky blue one.
Janice Riggs says
I'm carrying a Hershel backpack that I got for Christmas, and I'm absolutely loving it, so backpacks are really "top of mind" for me lately!
Love this color in all its variations! I wasn't born in March, but that isn't going to stop me! It is interesting to see how so many basics can be personalized with the use of a favorite color in the accessories. Mary
I'm new and haven't even scratched the surface of your posts, much less the comments, but I hope you get TONS of praise! You have an amazing eye and your thoroughness and variety of sources for clothing and accessories makes your posts beautiful and VERY helpful! I especially love your artist/works inspiration posts. Thanks for being you! <3 Hollyce
Beautiful combinations! I think the more turquoise version is my favorite.
Kathy S. says
Love, love, love, the accessories!! I think I like the "traditional" aquamarine color. I have that Kate Spade bag in the mountbatten color. Very spring-like.
Genuine aquas have a blue with green tinge, like sea glass. The saturation is from very light to medium, but not dark, and the gemstone should have some translucency. The Talbot's piece is not aquamarine, the material is not identified so I will guess synthetic. It is described as "sky blue". "Sky" is pretty too, but it will not read as aquamarine. An option if aquas are too pricey is blue topaz- not the super neon irradiated ones, but the paler blues- look just like aquas, and much less costly.
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