As we lazily drift towards the end of the Summer, the light is subtly changing. The shadows stretch a little longer as the sun dips lower in the sky. Perhaps you are reading this from a point further South, where the change of season is not as noticeable – but here in Vancouver, Canada we enjoy long Summer evenings that remain light until late… often the sun is still tinting the sky at 10:30pm. As the Autumn approaches our sun disappears into the Pacific much earlier, and we are now lighting the lanterns in our gardens and on our patio tables as early as 8:00pm. Despite the languid heat of the days, the sun is just a little less blindingly clear and has taken on a hazy, golden hue that is unique to this season of transition. The gilding that this Autumnal light gives my surroundings made me think of the cognac, toffee and honey colours of amber!
The diversity in Trollbeads’ amber is always inspiring to me, so it never takes a lot of prompting for me play together fresh amber compositions. I find them to be the most adaptable and useful of all the Trollbeads categories. I place the buttery alabaster ones with whites, pastels and natural stone textures. The cherry ambers are the jewels of my pomegranate and copper bracelet, and the cognac and honey tones ones light up every kind of green and blue. Their glowing golden tones can offer the perfect complementary note to practically any colour, it’s just a matter of selecting the right one for the job.
In today’s bracelet I selected a range of mossy greens and slate blues that are inspired by the natural beauty of the woods and beaches in my part of the world. These are the colours of our ocean, our lakes, our mountain streams, our lush forests and our sky.
Just as the late Summer sun gilds our trees and mountaintops, these familiar colours come to life with the addition of warm, golden amber. What could have been a coolly blue and green bracelet now simply glows. I love the way that the greens now seem more brilliant, and the blues more intense. Note how rich the “Organic Bubbles” is… Always a beautiful and fascinating bead, the contrast with the neighbouring golden peach amber makes the blue undertones in the green come rushing out! I set the natural tone for the bracelet with a trio of faceted stones in the center position: “Labradorite”, “Golden Quartz” and “Sapphire” make a powerful starting point. I wanted the attention to be on the colour range in this composition, so I selected a series of silvers that all share a knotwork theme… “Three Siblings, “Lucky Knot”, “Trefoil Knot” and even “The Midgaard Serpent” have a simple and elegant aesthetic that allow the eye to focus on the palette.
Clockwise from clasp: “Freya Lock”, “Unique Amber”, “Magical Lamp”, “Three in One”, “Organic Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Aqua Edge Pumpkin”, “Three Siblings”, “Blue Desert”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Labradorite”, “Golden Quartz”, “Sapphire”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Blue Desert”, “The Midgaard Serpent”, “Aqua Edge Petals”, “Unique Amber”, “Organic Bubbles”, “Lucky Knot”, “Dewdrops”, “Golden Cave”.