Pure and sim­ple this Mother’s Day

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‘Keep things sim­ple’ is a good phrase to keep in mind when choos­ing a piece of jew­ellery to cel- ebrate Mother’s Day on May 10.

In fash­ion, as in life, it’s of­ten the un­com­pli­cated things that make all the dif­fer­ence. And for mum’s spe­cial day this year it’s ev­i­dent jew­ellery man­u­fac­tur­ers are show­ing a pref­er­ence for del­i­cate pas­tels in their de­signs; the kind you would find on a baby’s blan­ket – pow­der blue, blush pink, soft turquoise, mint green and pale lemon.

In­ter­preted into gems this means aqua­ma­rine (blue to slightly green­ish blue), blue and yel­low sap­phires, turquoise, rose quartz, kun­zite (pas­tel pink to vi­o­let), topaz, moon­stone (bil­lowy blue) and cit­rine. Cu­bic zir­co­nia comes in all the colours of the rain­bow and don’t for­get the del­i­cate pearl. Es­pe­cially those with a peachy cham­pagne twist.

Favoured mo­tifs in­clude hearts, cir­cles and ovals and re­peat­ing pat­terns of geo­met­ric links.

In pen­dants and ear­rings look for de­signs within de­signs, such as a se­ries of con­cen­tric cir­cles or hearts within hearts. Rings have soft shapes, with smooth, domed cabo­chons in oval and round con­tours.

Se­ri­ously cool chain is al­ways a win­ner. This sea­son will fea­ture longer chains and mul­ti­ple pen­dants on one chain And as longer lay­ers take off, para­dox­i­cally a 1970’s trend is resur­fac­ing, closer to the throat. Chok­ers are cer­tainly up-and-com­ing. But re­mem­ber to think of the end wearer, older women of­ten pre­fer a longer chain to take away the em­pha­sis to the neck.

Mis­matched ear­rings are con­tin­u­ing to gain pop­u­lar­ity. They got the sign of ap­proval from actress Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, who walked the red car­pet at the 2015 Os­cars wear­ing an emer­ald green Swarovski crys­tal em­broi­dered col­lar, paired with a gold and emer­ald ear­ring vis­i­ble be­low the ear lobe and an ear cuff.

De­sign of­ten merges with na­ture, so ex­pect col­lec­tions to fea­ture a botan­i­cal or zoo­log­i­cal ref­er­ence of some kind, for ex­am­ple, the lat­est ad­di­tions to Karen Walker’s The Rock Gar­den col­lec­tion or Najo’s sil­ver ci­cada neck­lace.

Love/hate ring from Karen Walker.

The Con­nect­ing Cir­cle Set from Homage Jew­ellery.

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