I always love these months when we have a choice of stones – although November is a little bit strange because the average observer won’t know the different between topaz and citrine… Which is a good thing; gold topaz aren’t all that common, while citrine is pretty easy to find!
As usual, I’m starting with 6 really basic outfits in 6 neutral colors – 3 cool and 3 warm. Sweaters and corduroy pants are a good uniform this time of year in Chicago!
This first bracelet makes me swoon, just a little bit…
If you want to wear a “warm” stone with “cool” clothes, don’t forget to look for stones set in silver, rather than gold – that balances the impression of the stones quite a bit.
And while we’re remembering things, don’t forget to look in the men’s department when you’re looking for scarves – especially if you want a classic pattern in timeless colors. They’re also less expensive, sometimes… Can’t figure that out…
This is a color combination made in heaven, or on the color wheel…
I found this the hardest to really coordinate, but I think that looking for lighter (less orange) stones helps a lot. And a Missoni scarf can always tie together the most unexpected color combinations – they’re geniuses at that sort of thing!
A classic topaz stone would blend into these clothes perfectly, but just to make a bit of a statement, I looked for darker stones…
I would do embarrassing things for this bracelet… I could easily see basing an entire wardrobe on black with the accent colors from these stones. Some designers are just plain brilliant…
While I never EVER think of topaz as a stone or a color that would flatter me, I might figure out a way to make it work if I owned that bracelet…
More from the Birthstone Series:
- January: Garnets
- February: Amethyst
- March: Aquamarines
- April: Diamonds
- May: Emeralds
- June: Pearls
- July: Carnelian
- August: Peridot
- September: Sapphires
- October: Opals
- November: Topaz or Citrine
- December: Turquoise or Tanzanite