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I have been amazed to see the season of Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday) extend to the rest of the country. I was looking at a major women’s fashion magazine recently and it featured suggestions on how to celebrate the Superbowl, Valentines Day, and Mardi Gras this year. It seems everyone wants a taste of that King Cake.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras include purple, green, and gold. The purple does NOT represent royalty like amethyst but is symbolic of justice. The other colors of the Mardi Gras season, are green which represents faith and gold, which is symbolic of power.

The accepted story behind the colors is that in 1872, when the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans, he was he was given the honor of selecting the official Mardi Gras colors by the Krewe of Rex. These colors influenced the color choices of two major Louisiana colleges. LSU choosing purple and gold and Tulane choosing green and white.

So, in honor of this Mardi Gras season, I chose these jewelry designs in those colors.

Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Purple glass, craft wire earrings


Purple glass, craft wire earrings

Green rice pearls, prayer box,

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Green glass and craft wire earrings

Rutilated quartz, pearls, gold-filled bracelet

Rutilated quartz, pearl, ribbon necklace

Rutilated quartz, gold pearls, and ribbon necklace



Although the nights have been much warmer lately, the sunsets have been even more beautiful. As I was viewing one of those colorful sunsets the other evening, I could not help but think about beads that reflect these same colors…blue, red, orange, yellow, purple, coral.







I have noted before in this blog about my love of nature and its inspiration for my jewelry designs. Of course, when I see colors in nature such as flowers, I think of gemstones, glass beads, and colored pearls. These lilies were such beautiful shades of purple and the blueberries are varying shades of blues, pinks, purples…similiar to the earrings, bracelet, and necklaces pictured here.

Amethyst is the birthstone for February. It is a gemstone associated with royalty since purple was the color most difficult and costly to produce anciently. It is named for the Greek mythological maiden, Amethyst.  Amethyst was said to been worn by Cleopatra and St. Valentine and is the gemstone of Catholic bishops.  Hues of amethyst range from deep, rich purple to lavender.  The world sources for amethyst are Brazil, Namibia, Uruguay, Zambia, Argentina, and Australia.

Pictured are some of my jewelry designs using a little touch of amethyst.

Ruby, amethyst, citrine, sterling earrings

Vintage monogramed pocketwatch case, leather, asst. stones

Vintage safety pin with assorted stone, pearls, sterling silver

Mardi Gras Bracelet

Fleur de lis and crown glass slide necklaces

Mardi Gras always falls on the Tuesday that is 46 days before Easter, is always the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent.  February 24 for 2009 but that actually marks the end of the Mardi Gras season.  Carnival officially begins on January 6, which is known as Twelfth Night or King’s Day, so named because it falls 12     days after Christmas on the day the Wise Men are said to have reached Bethlehem.

The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors are said to have been chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872. This doctrine was reaffirmed in 1892, when the Rex Parade theme “Symbolism of Colors” gave the colors their meanings.

The traditional King Cake is a coffee cake, and is oblong and braided. It is iced with a simple icing and covered with purple, green and gold sugar. Each cake contains a hidden bean or small plastic baby, and custom tells that whoever finds it must either buy the next King Cake or throw the next King Cake Party.

The fleurs-de-lis; pronounced /ˌfləː(r)dəˈliː/ translated from French as “lily flower”) is a stylized design of either an iris or a lily that is now used purely decoratively as well as symbolically, or it may be “at one and the same time political, dynastic, artistic, emblematic and symbolic”, especially in heraldry.

(information from Wikipedia).