Flag Day is June 14th, and commemorates the adoption of the United States Flag, which happened on June 14, 1777. Interestingly, the U.S. Army celebrates its birthday each year on June 14th (not July 4th, as you might imagine). The only thing that might make the day a little more patriotic is an apple pie and a Chevrolet…and some red, white, and blue jewelry. I think I can help on that last bit.
All three colors of our flag can be found in the materials I like to use for jewelry. Everything from fossilized coral (which is usually dyed red), to white pearls to blue cinnabar, not to mention glass and some other gemstones and crystals. Let me break it down by color before putting it all back together.
Since it’s the word we usually say first in the flag colors, we’ll just start there:
Colored glass is most often the truest red. Millefiore, which stands for a thousand flowers, is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glass.
Or, there’s always some plain colored glass, often in shapes.
This Red Mountain Jade pendant is a spectactular example of how red is expressed in nature. The stone is a favorite of mine and so many of my customers.
As you might remember, I recently started creating chain maille jewelry, and I’ve discovered a way to add some color to the mix. These earrings feature silver chain maille and red rubber rings.
Sponge coral comes in many colors, mostly because it’d dyed. These red coral earrings fit the bill if you’re feeling patriotic.