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t o U r m a L i n e : F a s h i o n ’ st o U r d e F o r C eBy Lorraine DePasque, Contributing EditorFrom pretty in pink to gorgeous in green, suddenly everyone’s “talkin’tourmaline”! This awesome gem—which, along with opal, happens to be one ofOctober’s birthstones—comes in a spectrum of hues, but its tourmaline’s pinksand greens that are in the fashion spotlight, particularly the pastels.As for the pastel pinks, some call them blush, while a few describe their color ascake-frost. With the greens, mint or seafoam is what your jeweler will probably callthem. Either way, they are soothing, calming shades of tourmaline, which, perhapsnot ironically, speak to tourmaline’s many legends that refer to it as a gemstone thatoften reduces stress, anxiety, and confusion. Repeatedly in folklore, both pink andgreen tourmalines are also referred to as gems associated with the joy of life.That said, it isn’t surprising that, going forward, pink and green tourmaline jewelryis definitely an accessory favorite. (Translation: one of your wardrobe must-haves).Spring/summer 2011 colors are all about joy and escapism, says Leatrice Eiseman,Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. In the Pantone top colors forwomen’s collections for spring and summer, “Honeysuckle” pink takes the top spotwhile “Peapod” green is number five. We’re all looking for colors that give us a lift,says Eiseman, the feel-good colors that are flirtatious and have a playful attitude.Ditto, according to New York-based trend analyst Meredith Smith, who says,“Next year’s spring and summer colors are about fantasy, romance, and dreams—amovement toward mirth.”All that joy—can it get any better? Well, when it comes to tourmaline, yes. There ismuch more to smile about because some of America’s best jewelry designers are soexcited about the beautiful colors and cuts available in pink and green tourmalinethat many are featuring them in their newest collections. That means there willbe many different styles to choose from. Also many different price ranges--partof the beauty of tourmaline is that it is a gem that’s available from affordable tomore expensive. So, whatever your taste and pocketbook, there’s likely a selectionin tourmaline. Also, it’s one of those gemstones that can either be faceted orcabochoned (curved on top, giving the stone a more translucent look)—so, again, itoffers a variety of style and price options.Add to all of this, with a hardness of 7-to-7.5 (on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 beingthe hardest), you can buy tourmaline rings and bracelets and not be overly concernedabout them sometimes hitting a surface.So what’s the take-away? Quite simply: It’s tourmaline time—be happy!To see the hautest looks, visit Top to BottomJane Taylor Twinkle Twinkle® pink tourmaline earrings and rubellite and sapphire ring; Basser& Bigio watermelon tourmaline cufflinks and Katie Diamond green tourmaline ring.AGTA PRISM|FALL 2010 14

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