Holiday Decorating Tips – The Personal Kind

“Silver and Gold, silver and gold…
everyone wishes for silver and gold.”

It’s that time of year. The soothing voice of Burl Ives begins to greet us everywhere, crooning softly, encouraging us to celebrate the festive colors of the holiday season.  As tinsel and garland begin to go up, remember to decorate yourself this year, too.  Look to the iconic décor of this magical season for fashion inspiration, adornment and of course, gifting!

SILVER

Clockwise from top left – Tahitian Pearl and Morganite Earrings, Dolce & Gabbana Couture, Assael Angel Skin Coral and Diamond Ring, Assael Double Strand Tahitian Pearl Necklace
Clockwise from top left – Tahitian Pearl and Morganite Earrings, Dolce & Gabbana Couture, Assael Angel Skin Coral and Diamond Ring, Assael Double Strand Tahitian Pearl Necklace

The reflective sheen of silver always feels festive and celebratory. As silver bells chime, tinsel decorates trees and menorahs and candelabras get a fresh coat of polish, it is only natural that we also trim ourselves with a hint of holiday shimmer. Assael has an exceptional cache of light silvery Tahitian pearls with magnificent luster. Stud and drop earrings or long elegant strands become a nice contrast to many of the sequined and rhinestone fabrics in your favorite holiday sweaters or gowns. For an exceptionally sophisticated look, combine the Assael light silver Tahitians with the pale pink hue of Angel Skin Coral.

GOLD

Clockwise from top left – Assael Golden South Sea Pearl Earrings with Carved Yellow Jadeite, Golden Keshi Pearl and Diamond Rope Necklace, Assael Abacus and XO Bangles, Elie Saab runway, Fiji Pearl and Golden Green Beryl Earrings
Clockwise from top left – Assael Golden South Sea Pearl Earrings with Carved Yellow Jadeite, Golden Keshi Pearl and Diamond Rope Necklace, Assael Abacus and XO Bangles, Elie Saab runway, Fiji Pearl and Golden Green Beryl Earrings

The truly universal quality of gold makes it a staple for special times, having similar meaning and use in almost every human culture since the beginning of civilization. It shines even more brightly during the holidays. Gold stars top Christmas trees; gold foil wraps packages; gold leaf floats in sparkling flutes of champagne. Never is there a more perfect time for bringing out the golden gems in your jewelry wardrobe.  Assael debuted an extraordinary new collection of golden keshi pearls this year. Keshi pearls have no nucleus inside, so their luster is exceptionally captivating. These remarkable rare golden keshis are paired with tiny diamonds in lengthy strands or with hand carved jade in statement earrings. Use them to dress up cream-colored, snowy sweaters or to help tone down busy, colorful prints.

HOLLY BERRIES

Clockwise from top left – Assael Pagoda Sardinian Gem Coral Earrings with Diamonds, Assael Double Strand Sardinian Gem Coral Necklace with Pagoda Earrings, Sardinian Gem Coral Gold Ring from the Bubble Collection by Sean Gilson for Assael
Clockwise from top left – Assael Pagoda Sardinian Gem Coral Earrings with Diamonds, Assael Double Strand Sardinian Gem Coral Necklace with Pagoda Earrings, Sardinian Gem Coral Gold Ring from the Bubble Collection by Sean Gilson for Assael

Holly berries and mistletoe always add a little romance to the “most wonderful time of the year.”  Crimson hued fabrics spruce up everything from tabletops and fireplace mantels to gift packages and turtlenecks. Avoid the obvious this year and opt for a splash of color in your accessories instead. Assael’s Sardinian Gem Coral attracts every eye in the room when paired with dark greens, navy blues or even basic blacks.  Set with yellow gold or sparkling diamonds, the solid deep red color adds an aura of sophistication and refinement to any fashion ensemble.

CHRISTMAS TREES

Clockwise from top left –Christian Dior Couture S/S 2019 Cruise Collection, Assael Green Pearl earrings with Green Garnet and Carved Green Jadeite, J. Hunter Fiji Pearl Necklace  Assael Fiji Pearl and Green Garnet Ring, 6 Pearl Tahitian Bubble Ring by Sean Gilson for Assael
Clockwise from top left –Christian Dior Couture S/S 2019 Cruise Collection, Assael Green Pearl earrings with Green Garnet and Carved Green Jadeite, J. Hunter Fiji Pearl Necklace  Assael Fiji Pearl and Green Garnet Ring, 6 Pearl Tahitian Bubble Ring by Sean Gilson for Assael

Green is everywhere as sparkling Christmas trees, wreaths and evergreen garlands begin to pop up in homes, at parties and on street corners.  It contrasts beautifully with the plethora of red dresses and sweaters that abound this time of year. Green also adds a refreshing touch of color to the ubiquitous little black dress.  Assael found some exceedingly rare Tahitian and Fijian green pearls and pairs them beautifully with the exotic beauty of carved green jade or sparkling green garnet.

Whatever you do to celebrate, enjoy! And give yourself permission to shine a little more brightly than you do the rest of the year. When you do, you give others permission to shine, too!