Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but colored stones are her confidantes. Though diamonds will always convey elegance, it’s the bright, reflective purples, ambers, reds and greens that reveal a wearer’s true colors. With large colored stones popping up everywhere from runways to red carpets, there has never been a better time to choose multi-hued pieces to match mood and personality. We’ve got quite a collection of unusual colored stone designs at our jewelry store and pawn shop in Loudoun, VA.
Showcasing large gems is hardly new. Ancient Greeks and Romans favored big stones, especially as design centerpieces. During the Depression, bold bright jewels were paired with the yellow gold that replaced banned platinum; later, Art Deco fashions used diamonds to complement the vivid hues. When Hollywood stars began sporting the look, it really took off. Now, these retro designs comprise the vintage jewelry that is in such hot demand. Our items at Loudoun Jewelry on Maple Avenue are ever-changing so it’s worth a visit.
Over-sized purple amethysts, yellow citrines, blue topaz, red garnets and green emeralds are popular preferences. As the central focus of pendants, rings, bangles and earrings, these rich shades enliven any outfit with eye-catching brilliance. Dazzling designs result when two or more of these colors are combined. This works especially well with brooches; with antique looks in vogue, brooches are accents as current as they are colorful.
In the wake of colored stones’ resurgence, beads have made a noteworthy comeback. In single- or mixed-colored strands, beads present a casual design that can be customized through color, shape, size and added accents. What’s more, with no metal settings to add to the cost, beads provide a stunning visual bang for the buck.
In fact, all colored stones are as versatile in price point as they are in design, as you’ll see when you shop for jewelry in Loudoun, VA. While large rubies or emeralds in their natural state can command more per carat than a diamond of comparable size and grade, high-quality synthetic versions will fool all but highly trained professionals. Such affordability allows everyone to indulge in the feel-good opulence of large, colored-stone jewelry.