IT CROSSED MY MIND, during the recent jewelry shows in Las Vegas, that the somewhat sudden profusion of peach gemstones could be this “throwback-to-the-Seventies” thing. After all, when talking color, some think of that decade as much ado about earth tones and, with orange particularly, its various toned-down versions.
Even Pantone’s Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, when naming Cadmium Orange (a pale peach, in non-fashion speak) within its Top Ten Fall Color List for Men and Women, referred to it as “a shade with a Sixties/Seventies vibe, without any hard edges.”
Certainly, I did get that easy-on-the-eyes feeling when seeing all the pastel peach gems in Vegas collection launches. Dare I say, they were oranges, which were nearly neutral?
Actually, having seen the many new peach gems in jewelry—I will say “neutral.” From peach morganite and moonstone to pale orange pearls and agates laced with hues of pumpkin, carrot, and apricot, when these stones were set in rich-toned metals like rose and yellow gold especially, there was a sort of groundedness to the designs. Without question, such neutrality immediately gives peach gem jewelry collections more staying power, too—beyond any au courant Seventies fashion moment.
Also going forward, I expect we’ll see more designer types working in their proprietary versions of peach gold. Goldsmiths like Reinstein/Ross, for example, have been showing its discriminating New York customers delectable designs in their 20K peach gold for years, of course. Nonetheless, I’ve begun to see an increase of other artisanal brands mixing up their own peach metal potions. Look, it makes sense, especially given that gold’s price has come down. Remember when some of the industry’s best (amid the Great Recession) were “forced” to work in silver? Truly, the silver blends and finishes they invented, out of necessity, were among the best I’d ever seen. Ever.