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Every season the team at the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colors shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create The PANTONE Fashion Color Report where we highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season.  “There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the...

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Whether you believe crystals and gemstones are meant for display or adornment, for wearing or for wishing on, there’s no denying their powers of attraction. For proof, look no further than the 50,000 folks who flood the streets (and parking lots, and hotels, and convention halls) of Tucson, Arizona, every year for the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.

In addition to being a wonderland of raw and cut stones, just-unearthed minerals, and even dinosaur bones, the shows—all 40-plus of them—are also a prime environment for spotting jewelry and home styles for the year ahead. Here are eight gem and crystal trends that shone brighter than the rest on our recent scouting mission—and dozens of ideas to get the look. Which one catches your eye?

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Chokers

It doesn’t matter if you prefer a skinny silk scarf or a chunky choker—just make sure something is around your neck this fall to add a little extra oomph to everything from button-down blouses to cocktail dresses. And nope—it doesn’t make you basic.

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Strings of pearls

The pearl has been emerging from the cocoon of its rather staid and traditional image for the past few seasons, revisited as ear cuffs and graphic chokers by a new generation of inspired young jewelry designers. But this winter sees a return to its Parisian roots, albeit with a vintage twist, as if it’s been borrowed and paired with denim patches, military jackets and the sports sweaters that are so very now.

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The girl with the pearl earrings.

With the knowledge that her private tour of the gallery would involve a viewing of Johannes Vermeer's famous 'Girl With A Pearl Earring,' Kate, who is an art history graduate, chose to accessorize her Catherine Walker suit with a pair of pearl earrings borrowed from the Queen, the Telegraph reports.

Kate was shown works by the Dutch masters and paintings from the Queen's Royal Collection by the museum's director, Emilie Gordenker, who also thought pearl earrings would be a sensible jewellery choice for the occasion.

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