I am out in Northern California, my native stomping grounds, and taking some time to reboot, let’s say. I get to hang with my parents, be reminded of all the great things here I miss after moving to New England. With this newfound time on my hands, I began thinking about a topic for my March blog and was certainly inspired by the recent deluge of rains and flooding that this area received in the last month. I am an enduring fan of the blooming mustard that engulfs the vineyards, the sweet spring smell floating in the air, the tight buds of California poppies about to shoot forth near my mom’s place. And how does this relate to our jewelry line or you, you may be thinking?
Well, did you know New York Fashion Week just happened? Well good for you. It is hard to stay up on these things and I enjoy bringing some fashion news to your inbox. But I too need to research and discover what are the big trends, so let’s chat about what is out there.
The past season has been dominated by the choker, but the “sautoir" – or long necklace – has made a bold comeback.
Long chains with pendants, energizing stones or mineral slices were all over the runways.
And, I am pleased to say for those of us young in the 90s, that chokers haven’t gone completely away yet. Also not gone away (remember my earlier blog about Fall Trends), statement earrings just like rings, were seen all over the runway in various forms, materials and shapes- the bigger the better.
But here is what I find really interesting, and ties in neatly to the inspirational green Sonoma hills I am a witness to, is the color appropriately called “Greenery,” which is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. (also known as Pantone 15-0343)
We could ruminate as to how they figure out the color of the year (sometimes taking 9 months I’ve read), but instead let’s happily accept this joyful color and reminisce about what the message that color brings, and how we may wear it in jewelry to evoke this message.
As you can see from GH Inspired Designs, we love leaves, trees and other nature- inspired pieces. We want to wear and design pieces that remind us of the beauty and inspiration of Mother Nature. This color green is truly Nature at its best. When we wear it, it connects us back to the messages which Spring joyfully calls out….renew, regenerate, refresh- grow! Every spring we get to begin anew, echoed by the shoots from the ground, the sprouts on the trees, the tight petite buds of new blooms.
In Japan there is something called "shinrin yoku," which translates to "forest bathing.” It is considered preventative health care because you are walking as a moving meditation of sorts, breathing a different kind of clean air, and you feel more in touch with Nature, Mother Earth, Spirit Connection. So similar to Crystal Therapy and other ways to cleanse yourself, it is a wonderful way to reconnect to your personal “Spring.” But if you can’t do that, what can you do? Bring green into your environment. Put in on your body, wear the color. It should make you feel good.
So this spring remember the color called Greenery and let it be a reminder for all that is new, fresh, and hopeful.
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Click here to see this beautiful green and other nature-inspired looks in our jewelry.
Ever since I can remember I have worn and loved jewelry. I have pictures of myself at four dripping in my mother’s long beads and clip on earrings. Then while making jewelry as an adult, I began to wonder about the beautiful beads I was using… stones and crystals found in the earth- the colors, the swirls- the weight, characteristics. For years I have remained curious and open to this concept and do believe in potential in wearing and using certain stones and crystals for added health benefits. But just like astrology, I take it as another tool in my toolbox, not someone to depend on entirely for major decision making, but to enhance my sense of well-being and with the world and nature which surround me. I hope my blogs may educate you and peak your interest, and if nothing else, inspire you, to pick stones which call to you. and to wear more of the jewelry you love.