I love to get honest, effective answers for just about everything. I’ve researched the best way to calm a fussy baby ( swaddle them), the best apple pie recipe ( cook apples first) and the right way to prevent skin aging ( wear a sunscreen even in winter). Sometimes the research was for an article or a client and sometimes it was just to answer my own questions– but I always dug, for not just the answer but the backstory behind the answer.
I love to find out how things work like why Retin A works for both acne and aging, or why smoking causes wrinkles. But my favorite backstories deal with fashion. I am endlessly fascinated not only by the clothes we wear, but how they came to live in our drawers and closets. For example, did you know that Chanel put a black toe on a beige shoe to make her big foot look smaller or that the first sunglasses were worn by judges in 13th Century China to hide their emotions. I used to have drawers of scarves that never looked right, bracelets that I took off before I left the house or shoes that never stepped outside. Once I began to understand how these accessories arrived on the fashion radar, I found it was easier to style them for everyday wear. No-Nonsense Fashion starts by getting up close and personal with a look at the December birthstone, turquoise.
According to Persian legends, turquoise protects the wearer against snakebites and the Devil’s Eye. Helpful– but more to the point as an accessory its lovely blue color adds a shot of bright light. The finest turquoise is the color of a blue sky on a perfect warm sun drenched day. Veins of discoloration or greenish-yellow tones will lessen the value of the stone. The best turquoise is found in Iran and iraq with varying grades mined in new Mexico and the American Southwest.
Turquoise is the favorite stone of Mexican, Arabic, and native American craftsmen. Perhaps because it comes from a sun soaked climates it looks wonderful with different warm weather styles. Think white tee shirt, jeans and a silver and turquoise belt or a thick silver and turquoise bracelet with a loose white linen dress. But I love turquise in winter when a pair of silver and turquoise earrings adds warming color to a black pants and turtleneck or under a short string of turquoise beads just pops under a white shirt and long red cardigan.
However it is worn, turquoise is deceptively fragile. It is easily scratched and can be discolored by contact with soap, grease and perspiration. Turquoise rings have the highest risk of damage while pins are the safest spot for a piece of fine turquoise. Do you like to wear turquoise? I would love to hear how you incorporate this beautiful blue stone into your own personal style.