For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, September marks the beginning of fall, when the leaves gently drop from the trees, the nights grow shorter and the winds get colder. These changing weather conditions can often render the light and loose items of a woman’s summer wardrobe somewhat obsolete, leading her to set aside time to purchase warmer and more appropriate clothing to keep her dry, cosy and protected from the elements. While giving their wardrobes a makeover, most women will focus on knitwear, comfortable jeans, gloves and a reliable jacket –it’s easy to forget to add in a few accessories as well. Nothing truly completes an outfit like a well-chosen piece of jewellery, and autumn is a great time to treat yourself to some stunning gemstone bracelets, earrings and necklaces. There are gemstones available for every style, colour scheme and budget, but if you need a little bit of inspiration, here are a few suggestions to help you get started!

Fall is most commonly associated with warm, deep colours, reminiscent of ripe orange pumpkins ready for harvest, crispy brown and green leaves piling up below bare trees, and captivating pink and purple skies as the sun sets on a dry autumn evening. Popular colour choices for a fall wardrobe include olive green, coffee brown, pumpkin orange, rust and dark reds, but dark greys, blues and purples are also an option. Look for colours that remind you of woodland in fall time! Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme for your new wardrobe, you can start to buy various pieces of jewellery that will compliment your style. A good idea is to mix and match different shades and colours – for example, a green necklace with a brown sweater or rust-coloured earrings with a purple dress. Another interesting choice is to pick jewellery that matches your eyes, helping to accentuate their natural beauty.

When it comes to gemstone jewellery, it can be difficult to decide exactly which stones to purchase. Naturally captivating, many stones come in a wide range of colours, and each one can bring its own spiritual benefits. However, some gems are more popular jewellery choices than others. Carnelian - a glass-like gem with an orangey-red translucent tone - is one of the most common stones to be used for fashion purposes, and its association with the deep, rich reds of a setting sun make it naturally perfect for autumn wear. As an added benefit, Carnelians are believed to contain passionate, ambitious and supportive energies, which certainly won’t go amiss when the earlier nights and cold winds set in, and going to work or making evening plans start to feel much less tempting than staying at home with a cosy blanket and a hot cup of cocoa.

Another great addition to your fall wardrobe could be the Amethyst, a beautiful purple gemstone commonly used for rings and necklaces. A dark purple stone will stand out against most autumn colour schemes, adding some charm and quickly grasping the attention of anyone who might look your way. A statement piece of Amethyst jewellery also makes a great conversation starter, and as a bonus, this gem is thought to promote peace and patience, which may come in handy as fall turns into winter and poor weather conditions start to cause some agonising traffic delays!

If you’re looking for something a bit more neutral when it comes to your accessories, moonstone could be the perfect solution. While most people are familiar with the idea of moonstones being white or blue , these pretty gems actually come in a range of colours, including brown, green and orange.A selection of earthier moonstone shades, such as the ones used in the moonstone jewellery sold by Mystic Self, would work well with an outfit that naturally grabs attention, such as a jumper with a slogan or a dress with a statement pattern.

On the other end of the scale, if you plan to invest in one statement piece of jewellery that you’ll be able to include in outfits all year long, no stone would be more ideal than an Emerald. One of the most well-known gemstones, as well as one of the most valuable, the natural beauty of this stone is clear for all to see, and when paired with the right ring setting or necklace design, the results can be breath-taking. This green stone (or even a suitable alternative, such as the green Garnet or Jade) will tie-in perfectly with the deep, warm shades of fall, but will also look gorgeous alongside the pastels of spring and bright, popping summer styles. As Emeralds can be expensive due to their rarity, it’s important to decide on a jewellery style that can be adapted all year round – a stunning brooch may look great pinned onto a warm autumn jacket or holding your winter scarf in place, but in the summer, when less layers are worn, you may struggle to find a way to add it to your outfit.

Fall is a great time to experiment with different colours, shades and ideas. As already mentioned, the most popular wardrobe schemes at this time of year tend to include warm, deep earth tones, but that’s completely open to interpretation and a matter of personal preference. Some women think that autumn is the perfect opportunity to showcase bright patterns and daring colour choices, while others feel that cream, beige and fawn are the way to go. No matter what your style may be, you are sure to find the perfect gemstone accessory to complete your look – take some time to research the range of gems available, and you may even find yourself picking jewellery based on spiritual meanings as well!

Image Source: By Christine Zenino – Happy October 1st, CC BY 2.0