We've always been more partial to the earthier gemstones: smoky quartz, topaz, citrine. But lately our head's been turned by the color blue. Just as we've learned to embrace blue eye shadow again, we're loving these icy blue hues that remind us of the Caribbean. There's something cooling about blue as well, making these pieces the perfect accessory for summer.
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Texas jewelry designer Amanda Sterett offers an entire blue, ocean-inspired collection on her Web site. One of our favorites is the Gabriella earrings, hand-wrapped gold wire with oval faceted aquamarine nuggets. $190,
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From David Yurman's Renaissance collection come these dangling dazzlers. The 18-karat yellow gold quatrefoil design features pave diamonds and faceted blue topaz drops. $3,950,
Italian-born jewelry designer Ippolita combines delicate 18-karat gold with blue topaz in variations that are meant to mix and match. $2,500 for the nine-stone bangle and $1,000 for the two-stone version,