Professional Jeweler Archive: Colors of Spring

February 2002

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products


Colors of Spring

Green and yellow, separately or combined, chase away your customers' winter blues


What better way for jewelry fans to welcome spring than with green and yellow gemstone jewelry? Green looks alluringly fresh and new, while yellow brings to mind the sunshine that will bring spring flowers.

Stone choice is a matter of economics. Yellow diamonds and emeralds are the luxury choice. Citrine and peridot offer the same idea at the other end of the price spectrum. “And you want to reach a wider level of consumers during these economically challenging times,” says Louise Rutman of Alfieri & St. John, East Northport, NY. Other less-expensive options include green quartz, lime citrine, green tourmaline, tsavorite, pistachio-hued cultured pearls, green or yellow sapphires, topazes, zircons, golden cultured pearls and moissanites.

For fashion-conscious customers, advise them to wear green and yellow gems with cream, beige, brown or black apparel.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.


At left, the women’s 18k yellow and white gold Signature Fit self-sizing ring is pavé-set with 0.83 carat of round diamonds accenting a 27.79-ct. oval yellow sapphire (suggested retail, $75,000). The other Signature Fit ring features a 13.8-ct. oval tsavorite garnet and 1.27 carats of channel-set baguette diamonds in 18k gold and platinum ($116,000).

JFA Designs, Irvine, CA; (949) 263-9909, fax (949) 263-9910, jfadesigns.com.

18k gold ring combines an oval peridot, Carre-cut citrine and 0.38 carat of round diamonds. Suggested retail, $4,150.

Alfieri & St. John, Valenza, Italy. In the U.S., (888) 768-4953, fax (631) 261-6379.

18k gold rings are set with peridot. The faceted peridot bead and 18k gold bracelet includes two akoya pearls. Suggested retail, $330-$1,350.
Denise Wood Designs Inc.,

Darien, CT; (203) 655-0523, fax (203) 656-1053.

18k or platinum bands are circled with color-treated diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,000-$10,000.

Etienne Perret, Camden, ME; (207) 236-9696, fax (207) 236-9698.

Glenn Lehrer cut the 4.72-ct. citrine and 5.53-ct. seafoam tourmaline in these 18k gold rings with full-cut diamond accents. The citrine ring is $2,400 suggested retail; the tourmaline ring is $5,400.

Gordon Aatlo for Norma Jewelers, San Carlos, CA; (650) 593-7528, fax (650) 593-5239.

20k gold ring features a 4.43-ct. green tourmaline and 0.70 carat of yellow sapphires.

Zurik Collection LLC, Rockwall, TX; (972) 772-6928,
fax (972) 771-0217, maryta@mindspring.com.

Round brilliant green moissanite is set in a four-prong pendant on an 18-in. 14k gold wheat chain. Suggested retail, $749.

Charles & Colvard Created Moissanite, Morrisville, NC; (919) 468-0399, fax (919) 468-0486.

18k gold Tendril pendant is set with a 2.85-ct. green tourmaline surrounded by 22k gold granulation.

Zaffiro, Portland, OR; (503) 236-6735, zaffiro@earthlink.net.

Bracelets from the Torcellato collection are crafted in a flat cable style with checkerboard-cut green quartz or lime citrine.

Alisa, Manalapan, NJ; (888) 253-6600 or (732) 723-1830, fax (732) 723-1812.

Sterling silver suite features bezel-set peridot. Suggested retail, $50 for the ring, $150 for the bracelet.

Boma, Renton, WA; (425) 226-1166, fax (425) 271-1315.

14k gold ring with a 14mm-by-10mm citrine is $550 suggested retail.

Nancy B. & Co., Culver City, CA; (800) 421-0464 or(310) 836-8842, fax (310) 836-2409.

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