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The Right Way to Match Jewelry and Hair Color

Hair color and jewelry are unlikely allies. Although it is often overlooked, hair color is a large part of a person’s overall appearance. As such, it is important to consider your hair color when choosing outfits, hats and especially jewelry. Because hair and jewelry share the same space on the face, it is critical that they co-exist in harmony. Even beyond that, it’s important that they complement one another. There are countless guides for matching skin color with jewelry and outfits with accessories, but very few address the importance of hair color. To enhance your overall ensemble and create a cohesive look that flatters, follow the simple guide below.

1)      Blonde

For blonde-haired beauties, the possibilities are endless. Most colors look great with fair hair because it is versatile and not too imposing. However, there are some colors that especially stun. Blue hued gemstones like sapphire and blue topaz look breathtaking with blonde hair because they serve as a subtle contrast against the lightness of the locks. Greens look great as well. If you’re feeling bold, opt for orange gemstones that will create a healthy glow when contrasted with fair skin and hair.

2)      Red

For fiery redheads, the jewelry colors that look best are neutrals. To contrast the intense heat from red hair, it’s useful to opt for colors that are muted and earth-toned. By choosing neutral colors, both the hair color and gemstone color will truly be able to shine. Dark greens, deep blues and yellows will look stunning with red headed vixens. Be sure to stay away from colors with gray undertones, as they will fail to pop.

3)      Brunette

Stunning brunettes have an array of choices when it comes to gemstone colors. Like blondes and red heads, blue is a wonderful color. However, unlike the other hair colors, deep reds and stunning purples are also highly recommended for brunettes. These colors highlight the natural undertones in brown hair and ultimately create a look that works together to shine.

4)      Black

When it comes to jewelry, women with black hair to seem to have all the fun. The best jewelry color for black hair is anything bold and bright. The list includes deep pinks, dark reds, light blue and green. Be sure to stay away from softer earthy tones; they can get lost in black hair.

A New Way to Update Your Jewelry Collection

Life is often about letting go. Whether you’re letting go of the dream you had of being an ice-cream truck driver when you were five, or you’re letting go of your childhood blanket that is now a rag, sometimes letting go is the best. However, it can be harder to let go of items you bought as an adult. Jewelry is no exception.

It’s important to realize that by holding on to jewelry pieces that you no longer wear, you’re actually detracting from your happiness because you’re preventing yourself from moving on and finding pieces that are useful to you now. Letting go is a process; however, there are simple ways to jumpstart it.

Start by determining the last time you wore a piece of jewelry. Although there are some exceptions, most jewelry should be worn at least once a year. Exceptions include heirloom pieces and those with sentimental value. If you are wearing a piece of jewelry less than once a year, then it is time to reevaluate how you feel about the piece.

Perhaps you no longer enjoy it or maybe it reminds you of a specific period of your life that you would rather forget. Regardless of the reason, chances are the piece is no longer working for you. Once you have established that you no longer wear the piece semi-regularly, it’s time to set it aside or place it in storage. By de-cluttering your primary jewelry box, you are able to access and enjoy the pieces that you do wear regularly, and thus make room for increased happiness.

Once you have established the pieces that you no longer wear regularly, it’s time to replace them with updated accessories. The best way to inform your new purchases is by paying attention to what you just put in storage. For example, if you no longer wear a ring that you once adored because it is outdated, then begin by shopping for a new ring. Start by exploring your options. Perhaps gemstone rings, like the Pink Sapphire Brilliance Ring are the perfect fit for your style.

After finding the perfect replacement pieces, it’s time to utilize the new additions to your jewelry collection and enjoy stress-free accessorizing. Luckily, if the day ever comes that you want to revisit a piece of jewelry that you put in storage, you’ll know exactly where to find it. That’s the beauty of organization.

The JAR Light in the Darkness is very bright

There are a number of things Joel Arthur Rosenthal, the reclusive Bronx-born, Paris-based “Fabergé of our times” more commonly known as JAR, who is also the only living jeweler to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will not do.

He will not, for example, advertise his wares. He will not wholesale them. He will not allow people to walk in off the street and see them. He will not sell them to anyone he has not personally approved. He will not negotiate price. He sells what he wants, when he wants, to whom he wants. He hates publicity, public appearances and public statements, especially if they reveal anything personal.

But this particular historical epoch can inspire even the most reticent of us into unexpected activities and make even the most purely emotional acts resonate with political implication.

Or so it seemed this week when Mr. Rosenthal appeared in Rome at the opening of the first joint exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Vatican. Titled “Menorah: Worship, History, Legend,” it includes 130 objects from the first century through … well, Mr. Rosenthal, who created his first piece of Judaica as well as the only piece of commissioned original art for the exhibition. Not to mention the first object he has made that was not meant to end up in the hands of an individual (collectors like Lily Safra, Madonna and Lisa Airan) but, as he said, “to be seen out there.”

“It was unexpected,” he said of being a part of the exhibition. “I have done all I could to shield myself from what’s going on in the world” — and this show, with its message of unity, was a clear (if gentle) statement about what is going on the world. “But I was confident because of what it is and where it was going.”

When Mr. Rosenthal first heard of the exhibition, organized in part by a friend, Alessandra di Castro, the director of the Jewish Museum in Rome, he had been impressed by the idea, he said — by the surprise of these two institutions transforming a growing dialogue into action during a period of global isolationism — and had wanted to help out. His first idea was to make a few small items for the gift shop: a mezuza and a Star of David pendant. Because of time pressure, however, he couldn’t, so Ms. di Castro suggested he make a piece for the show itself instead.

“I thought he would never do it,” she said. “But it inspired him for a mysterious reason I don’t know. He wouldn’t tell me what he was making.”

What he was making — as a gift for the Jewish museum and in five weeks, an uncharacteristically fast turnaround for Mr. Rosenthal, whose average piece takes three months to six years, according to the craftsman Laurent Bouissiere — turned out to be a three-dimensional living branch of a menorah. It was made in bronze and aluminum (with a touch of gold), and shaped like the limb of an almond tree in bloom with multitudinous pink enamel flowers and a central bud glowing with a pavé mix of white and gold diamonds, blue and violet sapphires, and pink rubies, one petal lit with stones like a flame. When she saw it, Ms. di Castro said, “I was very moved.”

Mr. Rosenthal recalled: “I grew up going to shul on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, and with the Hanukkah candles. I remember being terrified at my bar mitzvah because you had to sing, and my voice was cracking.”

High Jewelry Collections

The workmanship of couture encompasses the high jewelry houses, which have their own ateliers and trends, and whose presentations peppered the week. As to what those trends were (besides dazzling gems), look to nature.

At Christian Dior, Victoire de Castellane, the house’s creative director of fine jewelry, was inspired by the kaleidoscope of colors in the gardens at Versailles, and more explicitly by the interplay between architectural forms and the rambling botanical world. The garden paths found form in trellis shapes decked with garlands of multicolored sapphires or diamond-encrusted sprays, like the water jetting from the famous fountains of Versailles, all to accent ears, wrists and throats.

Le Secret, a collection from Van Cleef & Arpels, was more focused on what lies beneath. Marguerite d’Amour, a diamond daisy-shaped clip accented with pink and orange spinels, had yellow-gold petals that can be reversed to display amorous declarations, while the Baleine Poétique clip, a blinking whale of sapphires, black spinels and white mother-of-pearl, had a fin that, when touched, opened the creature’s mouth to reveal a lost sailing ship.

In its Sunlight Journey collection, inspired the Amalfi Coast of Italy, Piaget offered hammered gold bracelets glistening with rubies, reminiscent of sunsets, or in necklaces with shivering tassels of sapphires and white diamonds, designed to mirror waves crashing on a cliff.

The Milanese jeweler Giampiero Bodino also looked to the Italian coastline in his Mediterranea collection, including a dramatic evening necklace that combined the fiery hues of opals, amethysts, yellow beryls and pink diamonds with almost 170 carats of rubellite in seven hanging beads.

Boucheron headed to Russia, home to some of the maison’s earliest and most loyal clients, for its Hiver Impérial collection. The standout Flocon Impérial necklace, from the snowflake-inspired Lumière de Nuit theme, took 2,700 hours to make — there is an intricate diamond pavé on its rock crystal shards (a favorite material of the house’s creative director, Claire Choisne). And the necklace can be separated into seven wearable pieces. The Baikal collar of pearls, with a 78-carat aquamarine at its heart representing that famous Siberian lake, sparkled amid the mountains of fake snow piled in its presentation site during the height of the Parisian summer.

There also were houses where the sheer joie de vivre of man triumphed. Or woman. It was all on deck at Chanel, which found its inspiration in the Flying Cloud, a yacht owned by Hugh Grosvenor, the second Duke of Westminster, a onetime amour of Coco Chanel. This set sail in a 65-piece smorgasbord of ocean tropes: Think sailors’ tattoos, anchors and knotted ropes, waves and officer’s uniforms, glamorizing the most everyday elements of a life lived at sea.

Chaumet created 41 pieces celebrating parties — or more specifically four black-tie gatherings with classical music at their hearts. In honor of the Glyndebourne opera festival in Britain, where guests picnic on the lawns of the stately home before performances, the Pastorale Anglaise group included bow-shaped brooches and necklaces with sapphires, diamonds and Colombian emeralds combined in a quirky tartan pattern. Another, Aria Passionata, inspired by La Scala in Milan, used Burmese pigeon-blood rubies to evoke the Italian opera theater, with a ring and necklaces trimmed in gold that fanned out like the folds in a stage curtain.

On the subject of showmanship, there were houses that simply let the stones do the talking; Moussaieff, with its sorbet-hued designs in golf-ball-size rocks, and Nirav Modi, the Mumbai-based designer, who produced an Electric Green ring with a rare Tanzanian kornerupine at the heart of a dome-like silhouette, surrounded by clusters of white diamonds. It was hard not to reach out and touch.