Thirty Word Thursday: Radiant Orchid

purple and white blooming orchid

Pantone decrees

Radiant Orchid

For the New Year.

And everyone obeys.

Wall paint.  Evening gowns.

Advertising.  And jewelry.

I laugh.

I’ve had Radiant Orchid

On my window sill

For years.


The premise of 30 Words Thursday is simple…

Choose an image and write 30 words about it. No more. No less.  30 Word Thursday is the brainchild of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.  To find links to other 30 Word Thursday posts,  head over to Erin’s blog.

Autumn Colors

It’s getting dark a little earlier now.   Children (and teachers!) are heading back to school.  Time to pull your autumn wardrobe out of the closet; giving some thought to how you might update your look.  Most of us can’t afford to purchase a whole new wardrobe every fall, but jewelry can be a great way to breathe new life into last year’s outfits.

The Pantone Color Institute is the arbitrator of fashion color.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Mindful of consumers’ need for practicality, plus their desire for newness, designers offer many options for women to extend and embellish their wardrobes this fall”.  Jewelry is a perfect way to extend and embellish the outfits you already have hanging in your closet, as well as the new pieces you add.  Below are the colors picked by Pantone for fall.

(from upper left) endive, golden glow, living coral, lipstick red, purple orchid, chocolate truffle, lagoon, woodbine, oyster gray, rose dust

All of the colors of this palette blend beautifully together and whether you follow all the fashion trends or not, this color chart can encourage you to use or add color combinations that you might not have thought of otherwise.

Buri seed, wood and jasper necklace

This casual necklace from my Pura Vida Casuals line, beautifully combines some of the hottest colors for fall.  The fun, wavy shaped Buri seeds are woodbine green on top and black on the bottom.  They are combined with ovals of wood in chocolate truffle with a faint hint of purple orchid.  The purple orchid color is picked up again in the jasper rounds and small glass rounds.  The necklace is finished with a pretty gold floral button clasp.

carved chalk turquoise, faceted agate, freshwater pearls

This piece, from my Gemstone Necklace Collection, is one of my personal favorites.  It is a rich combination of shining chocolate truffle and lagoon finished with an especially lovely sterling silver spiral hook and eye clasp.

lampworked pendant, faceted freshwater pearls, golden rutilated quartz

This subtle beauty must be seen to be appreciated.  The handmade glass pendant incorporates several tones of chocolate truffle with oyster gray and cream.  The quartz has rutiles (needle-like inclusions) in gorgeous golden glow.

So, let the fun begin!  How are you updating your fall wardrobe?  New clothes, jewelry, scarves?  Share your updates in the comments section  below!