The sun moving further into hiding, cooler afternoons, the crisp breeze and the gentle rains all harbingers of the impending harsh weather to come ahead as the season ages and shifts into winter months. Much beauty exists throughout autumn, most notably the warm colors of the changing leaves in the temperate climate. Autumn woodlands, falling leaves, harvest hues and seasonal spices are wonderful inspirations for fall design ideas. Simply being outdoors in the elements, or experimenting in the kitchen and exposing oneself to the sights and scents can align one with the spirit of the season and present nature as ultimate muse.
Some of my favorite materials for jewelry include bronzite, goldstone, antique brass and bronzen metals, skeleton leaves, moth wings, fossil amber, shell, vintage pearl and gems in woodsy browns, sienna, golden yellows, ochres, scarlet orange, crimson and garnet reds. Browsing through my past and present autumn pieces you will see these recurring colors and themes.
I still enjoy earthen gemstones and vintage relics stained with oxidation and imperfections but I have been dabbling just a bit with a small variety of earthy Picasso Czech glass lately. This has yielded some interesting themes of woodlands, lichen, creek and earth, the same themes I enjoy finding in natural gemstone. Occasionally I will mix the natural stones or pearls with the Czech glass and crystal.
The scarab beetle is an ancient symbol of good luck for the coming seasons, believed to contain inherent protective powers. The beetle was considered sacred in ancient Egypt due to its natural life cycle and was given a religious significance associated with heavenly cycles, symbolic of rebirth. Consider gifting a carved scarab representative of these qualities, on a wedding day or similar special occasion.
“At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne