Professional Jeweler Archive: The Greening of America

August 2002

Professional Insider/Trend Spotting


The Greening of America

Peridot green resurfaces, mostly as an accent color


Peridot green is showing up again in blouses, shoes, handbags, watches and jewelry. A few years back, the shade was a big deal in fashion, thanks to Prada and other fashion houses. This time around you’re less likely to see it in a dress or suit, but it makes for a great accent.

Peridot also blends well with, surprise, all the neutrals American women continue to rely on for office and everyday wear.

Oprah donned peridot beads for a recent cover of her eponymous magazine, using them as an accent for the season’s popular white shirt. Against her dark skin, the color looks terrific.

Prada paired a silk shantung blouse in the color, which it calls “fern,” with a neutral jacket. The touch of color added dash to a subdued look.

Vogue featured a Bruno Frisoni peridot green shoe with a black front accent in one of its recent issues.

But it’s the use of peridot in watches and jewelry that jewelers can really celebrate. Now that the ladies who lunch have their pink and blue watches, AquaMarin, the Swiss watch maker, decided to launch a peridot green strap, sometimes harmonized with peridot green stones and aquamarine colored faces. It’s one way to encourage your customers to don the fashionable shade.

Of course, the best way is through jewelry featuring the gem itself. Peridot rings are a natural this time of year as the birthstone for August. The gold ring above from the Haggai Collection features a 6.10.ct cushion-cut peridot surrounded by diamonds and complemented by green transparent enamel.

Tamara Comolli highlights her 18k gold Sloppy Rainforest collection bracelet and earrings with peridot and green tourmalines.

Bracelet and earrings by Tamara Comolli, KWM Exclusives, New York City; (877) KWM-GEMS or (212) 570-6065

Ring by Haggai Collection, New York City; (212) 730-7299.

Watches by Aquamarin, Los Angeles, CA; (866) 271-0888 or (213) 623-2140.

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