Soft Autumn Jewelry

Begin all your purchase decisions by remembering the key words about your Season. The word feelings that should drift across the Soft Autumn screen are quiet, softly golden, warm but not hot, gentle lustre, natural (maybe even organic, very much of-the-Earth). It need not be a wood and shell necklace, it just should not be busy, bold, dazzling, and attention-seeking.

This is my sister-in-law, Holly. She is the perfect model of the Soft Autumn.


In 12 Season Personal Colour Analysis, this colouring group is primarily defined by Autumn colour characteristics, warm, muted, and dark. A trace of Summer lives in this blueprint, making them a Neutral Season (ie: a blend of 2 True Seasons). The result is that their skin tone perfection and body harmony colours are cooled and lightened a little bit. They remain muted or soft because both Autumn and Summer colours are soft, giving this group a double dose of softness.

Quietly sensual is the mantra. She looks far better in natural metals and stones than plastic, large hunks of metal, small, jingly pieces, or anything that appears artificially coloured. The entire sensation is of comfort and nurture. Complicated pieces look hectic and tiring. To the viewer, it feels against the grain.

Pink delight.

You may look a little like this young woman below. Is she a Soft Autumn? Without being draped, who knows? She is a good example of the Soft Autumn, with her squared jaw and warm Autumn look, modified by Summer grace and softness.


Are you beginning to notice that members of the same season often look similar, or share certain common features? Big round eyes in a doll face? Often Light Summer.

As a Neutral Season, silver is within the Soft Autumn realm, but may not match your all of your clothing items. Use pale golds rather than a very yellow tone. Choose a brushed finish on metals. Semi-precious stones and gems are gorgeous. Turquoise, coral, jade, amber, topaz, any stone that is mined from the Earth itself, and offers a soft and gentle glow, is lovely.

Treasure Trove 3.

True Autumn’s (see True Autumn Jewelry) heavier effect is replaced with a more delicate impression and less of a forceful colour impact. The colours are more tawny than hot, and the feeling is more flowing and lighter in weight. The glow is paler. The pearls are creamy, not white.

The natural radiance of these persons is a wonder of easy, easy colour to look at. Sometimes, a Soft Autumn finds their palette endlessly bland but it isn’t. It is so natural, so free of stress, worry, and challenge. This jewelry never imposes or aims to impress. Using Earth stones and gems in simple, unfussy designs adds the luminosity and touch of brightness that feels like warm apple pie, a vanilla and brown sugar scented candle, or a mid-afternoon glass of wine on the beach.



15 thoughts on “Soft Autumn Jewelry”

  1. Hey Christyne,
    I feel like you just read my palm. Do you do horoscopes? What you say is so true about jewelry, I only like very natural uncomplicated pieces. I see other women wearing bit artsy colourful necklaces and I like the look but it is a style that never feels right on me. I am always fighting with ‘why doesn’t this suit me?”
    I always wear a simple gold necklace, and have for years, however this year I have started wearing 2 other peices, one a simple square soft green pendant and secondly a dark wooden swirl pendent on a thin clear wire which I also love. I feel they are wildly different for me, yet I love their natural simple style.
    Love you writing.


  2. Great Post Christine, I was looking forward to read it.
    The Pink ear rings are really nice, very good explanation.


  3. I enjoyed reading your post. I loved when you said that Soft Autumns should think, “quiet, softly golden, warm but not hot…” This advice is spot-on and really helpful for jewelry, clothes, and cosmetics. I will repeat that mantra in my head when I go shopping.

  4. I never figured out why plain gold necklaces weren’t working for me until now. I always need a pattern or twisted pieces to soften the brightness. Shopping for new accessories takes me deeper into this journey.

    I’ve always loved this old earth and everything that grows from it–yet I’m not particularly an outdoorsey type.

  5. I love the idea of jewelry that harmonizes with my seasonal palette – not just in color, but in style. As a soft summer, I have a difficult time choosing jewelry for myself. I browse the earrings every time I go into a department store or Target, but nothing feels right. Silver is too harsh and cold; gold is often too yellow; plastics just look out of place. I end up wearing the same small gold hoops every day because I don’t know what else to wear. Do your observations about soft autumn’s jewelry also apply to soft summer?

  6. Hi, Jessica,

    GREAT question, for so many reasons. The colours don’t exist in isolation. They are very tightly tied to the lines, the style, the feeling that each piece conveys, whether the piece be earrings or a couch or shoes.
    Soft Summer and Soft Autumn have a lot in common, namely their most defining feature of low contrast in all things, not even a line of dark eyeliner. The jewelry would certainly be able to move back and forth. In my head, though, they’re still quite distinct. Sarah Jessica Parker feels different to look at than Lindsay Lohan.
    Women’s most powerful resource is our intuition, our sixth senses, or feelings about the rightness or wrongness of things. It’s just that we’ve been taught not to listen. Educational systems and society reward linear left-brain thinking because it’s more predictable and controllable. If your voice tells you that it feels different, then trust that it is.
    Such a deep answer when you thought you asked a simple question! True Summer Jewelry will publish in a day or 2, upon Searcy’s request so she can go shopping. I’ll get to work on Soft Summer, in honor of your question.

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  7. I have a question – SA’s can supposedly wear both gold and silver jewelry because they are a neutral season. I’ve found gold ‘blends’ better with my colouring, no surprise. However, I find it to be too gold and harsh against my skin since it’s very pale and very neutral even though it goes with my eyes and hair (which are mid-tone and more warm). I find silver looks too cold on me – especially against my warmer eyes and hair. So I’m finding it difficult to find jewelry. Is there anything that’s better for a SA? I saw rose gold jewelry in a few SA outfit sets and I wonder if this is better? Or pearls?

  8. Jenny,

    Cream-colored ( not white ) pearls look lovely on SAs. You might also try yellow gold with a matte finish rather than a shiny finish. It is less harsh looking.

  9. Jenny,

    Ditto on the matte gold and cream pearls, and oxidized silver looks good on SA’s (I don’t like matte silver–it looks cheap to me). Rose gold is good just not too shiny, I saw someone with large soft salmon colored beads recently and looked great.

  10. Ok, thank you very much. I am finding a simple pearl necklace and studs in cream and peach pink work very nicely as they are ‘mellow’ enough for my colouring.

  11. Copper also work well in my experience. I have always had a distaste for anything to dainty, but I am starting to notice that, small minimalistic jewellery works really well, and better than the true autumn wooden beaded things that I usually wear.

  12. Hi Christine,

    thanks for another lovely article. I went to a color typing session and got identified as soft-warm-light in this order. Does that mean I’m a soft autumn?

    Thanks so much!

  13. I am not able to answer, Diana. It would be great for consumers if there were terminology across colour systems that mean the same palette, but that’s not how it is. As much as different systems are a good thing in that they all have good ideas, I understand that it gets confusing. IDK what soft/warm/deep means. Best thing is to pick one system and stick with it. What you want is to buy good stuff in stores. Use the palette they gave you to do just that.

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