The great thing about jewelry is that most items are not season-specific, meaning that if you select the right pieces, you will be right in line with various style trends year-round. But the key to getting that relaxed autumn-ready look is to accessorize with your more fall-colored jewelry. And if you are looking to add new pieces to your jewelry collection this autumn, knowing the latest seasonal trends beforehand can be of great assistance.

Whether you’re into fashion or like to wear something sparkly only on weekends, you’ll want to check out the following trends in autumn jewelry in Sterling Heights, MI. Here’s a short guide to 2017’s fashionable fall jewelry styles, materials and stones:

  • Opals: October is at the start of fall, and opals just happen to be the birthstone of October. This classically lovely stone has become a popular choice for engagement rings for the younger generation, but you can wear opals everyday. Earrings, a necklace, a bracelet—just wear it! To really fit into the season, look for opals in rustic settings, which pair well with the stone’s iridescent quality.
  • Pearls: While pearls may seem plain on their own, they always seem to make a statement as jewelry. This autumn, give pearls a chance! Single pearls make beautiful necklace pendants, or you can try out a delicate full-length precious metal ear cuff with a large round pearl on one end and a smaller round one on the other. Also trending this season is a single pearl placed in the center of a square ring setting.
  • Crystals: From sparkling rings to chandelier earrings, crystals are all the rage this fall. The best part of crystal jewelry? You can wear it with just about any outfit, be it casual or formal, which makes it a great choice to complement your fall layers. Crystals that best fit the season include amethyst, tourmaline, citrine and topaz—mix and match for extra boldness.
  • Statement rings: Making a comeback this fall are statement rings. Both women and men can accessorize with statement rings, as boldness knows no gender. Basically, these rings have oversized stones and thick metal bands. They are attention grabbers when worn alone, or can be layered with your delicate, thinner, gold or silver ring bands.
  • Anklets: You might think of anklets as a summer accessory, but there’s still time to wear them throughout the autumn months. Made of simple metal chains or with stones, wear these with slip-ons or strappy high heels.

Gift giving season is right around the corner!

The arrival of autumn is like a seasonal “save the date” for the upcoming holidays. So, why not browse the jewelry counter now for the best Christmas gifts for your loved ones? Start looking early to find that perfect jewelry gift, and don’t forget to take advantage of all those fall sales!

For the finest selection of jewelry in Sterling Heights, MI, look no further than Howard’s Fine Jewelry. Our team can help you pick out your new favorite piece of autumn jewelry, and we’re ready to guide you through some early Christmas shopping, too!

Each month brings with it a different beautiful birthstone, but October highlights two—opal and pink tourmaline. So, October babies, take your pick! These stones are lovely as individual pendants on necklaces, bracelets, a pair of earrings or hair clips. They can also be placed together with others of the same stone for uniformity, or chosen to add contrast to a piece. Opal and pink tourmaline are each in their own rights a standout jewelry enhancer, but it’s your choice how you wear them as jewelry.

After learning about opal and pink tourmaline, you might be curious to see what they look like and how they feel. Head on down to your local jewelry store in Sterling Heights, MI to find out!

Here are some interesting facts about the two birthstones.


  • The word opal comes from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in color.” This makes sense, since opals are an iridescent gemstone, meaning that they seem to change colors when you look at the stone from different angles.
  • Although there are dozens of opal varieties, opals are typically characterized by their background color, which is either black or white.
  • A top characteristic of opals is the “play of color.” Submerging the stone in water or oil is a way to enhance the play of color.
  • The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) states that play of color is one of the most important factors when opals are being valued. This characteristic includes a range of colors, patterns, color intensity and the percentage of colors when compared to the background shade of the opal.
  • Each of the gemstone’s colors is represented by mystical properties, and it’s said that the wearer is filled with whatever those properties may be.
  • Australia’s national gemstone is the opal. Interestingly enough, many of the world’s most precious opals are found in Australia.

Pink tourmaline

  • The word tourmaline hails from the Sinhalese word turamali—sometimes written as two words, tura mali—meaning “stone of mixed colors.” There are very few gemstones that come in as many colors as tourmaline. Because of the vast color options, pink tourmaline has been assigned to October as a birthstone.
  • Tourmaline gemstones are mostly classified by color—red, blue, green or pink.
  • There is a prized variety of red or pink tourmaline known as rubellite. A true rubellite will display the same vibrant red or pink shade whether in artificial light or natural daylight, while the average pink tourmaline can appear brown in artificial light.
  • Those who use gemstones in the spiritual sense say pink tourmaline reduces stress, anxiety and clumsiness in adults, and soothes and calms children.

Owning jewelry with your birthstone—like a watch, necklace, ring or another piece—adds a little something more to your identity, and it doesn’t even have to be a piece that you wear all the time. Visit the team at Howard’s Fine Jewelry to learn more about these October birthstones, or feel free to browse our jewelry cases. We hope to see you in our jewelry store in Sterling Heights, MI soon!