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Crisp Picks — Inspired by Fall

Posted by Ali on September 13 at 03:38 pm

I was out walking around town with Payton today.  What a perfect day to get into the fall mood.  Bright blue sky, temp in the 60’s, fresh air, light breeze – these things make me feel refreshed.  So refreshed that I started thinking about Fresh Picks. In the coming weeks, you can expect to see picks inspired by the following things in the Lima’s Picks section of Fresh Picks:

  • Trees
  • Bark
  • Wind Whistling
  • Sugar Maples
  • The leafy forest smell in Miller Park.
  • The excitement I felt at the football games on Saturdays in my college years.
  • Wearing a sweater

What do you think of this time of year? What inspires you?  If you create Fresh Picks inspired by the season – add comments about them here so we can all check them out!

I can tell that fall is on the minds of our customers from the picks that made it to the top 10 this past week.

  1. Willow Whisps
  2. Arizona Sky
  3. Apple Picking
  4. Harvest Wheat
  5. Chocolate Milk
  6. Rainy Days
  7. Yakima in September
  8. Fairy Tales
  9. Fall Is In the Air
  10. American Nightshade


Here’s my take on the top 3 this week:

Willow Whisps by Sandy S

Willow Whisps by Sandy S

Willow Whisps – The name makes this pick feel green, and whispy before even having looked at it.  Once I took a peek I wasn’t disappointed.  Beautiful natural faceted nuggets and chips combined with the sparkle in bronzite and rainbow aventurine.  I love the mix of greens that will surely give depth to any finished piece.  The wavy coin petals are a perfect addition to this pick, however I’ve had a difficult time using them in anything other than earrings.  Does anyone have ideas for those?

Arizona Sky by wlb

Arizona Sky by wlb


Arizona Sky – Turquoise and petrified wood — what could be better for fall?  I really like the added touch of teal pearls and fire agate to make the combination pop.  I don’t make a habit of mixing my metals but I think that the copper with Green Girl Pewter works – the copper will fill in nicely as the brown for a finished piece.  Did I mention that Aqua Nueva Agate is one of my favorite stones?  The color and pattern in each piece is amazing. We searched for this stone for over a year before we found a factory that could cut it for us. I refused to give up (just ask Kevin)… I love it!

Apple Picking by Cuban Queen

Apple Picking by Cuban Queen


Apple Picking - I love the bold reds, greens and yellows in this piece.  Normally, I expect to see deeper versions of these colors for fall, but I think that the coral (traditionally used in the summer) goes beautifully with the Canadian, olive, and yellow jades.  The use of orange in this piece rather than more red is a good choice especially with the faceted cuts.  This pick will make a very eye-catching piece!

What’s your take?

Thanks to everyone that creates Fresh Picks. I love looking at them. In my opinion, this is the most exciting time of year for us jewelry designers. The busy season is coming up and there is inspiration everywhere you look!

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I really like Arizona Sky. It definitely reminds me of being in Tucson. Everyone loves to break out their turquoise jewelry for Tucson!

  2. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    I added Apple Picking to my favorites the other day. It’s stunning!

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    Rita W says:

    Great find. Can’t wait to place my first order.

  4. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thank you Tab! I have lots of your picks in my favorites, too!

  5. LoriEllen
    LoriEllen says:

    Awww, thanks Cuban Queen! :)

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    wendy says:

    Thank you Kevin! :-)

  7. J Yee smart chick
    J Yee smart chick says:

    These three are all amazing, the themes and color combinations are fantastic. Regarding the wavy coin petal beads in “Willow Wisps”, these lovely adventurine beads look like they might also be great for either a bracelet or necklace, spaced out with some seed beads, copper beads, pearls to bring out their unusual shapes! Will be adding these to my favorites also :)



  8. beadaholchick
    beadaholchick says:

    Just saw “Mossy Hills of Ireland”
    Cuban Queen-you inspire me!!

  9. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Thank you! That is so kind!

  10. Kitty Chicky Cat
    Kitty Chicky Cat says:

    I want to see pieces made from these fresh picks!

  11. CAS
    CAS says:

    The wavy coin pieces make good backdrops for small charms if you connect both pieces into a single dangle with a jump ring.

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