Earthly Autumn

Heat it up!

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There is a scientific explanation for the prototypical colors of fall in most northern climates. Shorter days and cooler temperatures cause a shift in the pigments of the leaves on the trees and shrubs that surround us.
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The changes may begin with an explosion of bright oranges and yellows and pinkish reds, but as the season progresses, those colors settle into deeper and richer tones: brick, amber, burnished gold, ocher, crimson. 

These are the hues I consider part of the “Earthly” color world in my book Ode to Color. (add link) They are dramatic and natural and ubiquitous.



Our predilection for this particular palette in autumn – whether in clothing, accessories, or décor – stems from more than a reflexive desire to mirror nature; it so happens that these are the colors that provide the very thing we crave as the days cool and darken: heat!


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These lovely baked hues not only are warm and inviting, they conjure warmth as well. They evoke spices like cayenne, nutmeg and curry, mulled wine, baked apples, burning logs and their glowing embers, pumpkin pie. These are the flavors, scents and colors of cold weather holidays and traditions and, often, the memories we have of them.


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The Earthly color family has always been well represented in my work, and my earth tone jewelry designs are no exception.



In truth, beautiful jewelry is season-less. But the deep vibrant reds of our Kali earrings and the rich golds of the Brigantia and Penelope bracelets, the copper of the Ceres cuff, and the amber of our Clio earrings have a warmth and drama that calls to us this time of year.

Answer the call. I know I will.