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 youre 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 seasons 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 its 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. Its 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.