Beads pictured above: (left to right) NiNisBeads, Alisha White, TinasBeadMind
For the Zen Garden inspiration I picked a lotus focal from The Classic Bead that surprise - doesn't have any green. You can pair up stoneware influenced pieces in gray, browns and muted white-washed tones. And then add in some emerald green stones beads for a fresh pop of color. Totally modern and totally zen. I love it! I picked faceted emerald beads from FabulousRocks, but any emerald color stone would work.
Oh, I know what you are thinking looking at this inspiration photo - brass filigree! Yes! It's such a great combination with emerald green. In fact Vintaj did a whole series on emerald green and you can see a few of those designs here. So add in rustic elements with brass, amber colors and dark browns to temper the bright green. Lampwork flowers from Susan Sheehan, emerald green lampwork spacers from Lampwork by Amy.
I love this architectural inspiration. Take your cues and go with monochromatic shades and dip into the lighter shades of emerald paired with the brighter. Find beads with graphic shapes and outlines and pair them up with faceted beads. Use clasps and findings that echo the graphic design elements. I love these lampwork beads from Heather Behrendt that remind me of these windows paired up with semi-translucent faceted stones like these emeralds from CherishedFew.
Okay, this is more my comfort zone. Add emerald green to those warmer, earthy hues of olive and forest inspired finds. Sneak in some yellow or yellow-green to brighten up your palette. Pair them up with rustic brass wire and woodsy findings like metal branch connectors to give your emerald greens a rich and rustic feel. A fern ceramic pendant from Kylie Parry would be so cute matched up with a mix of green Czech leaves from YashmaCreations, it doesn't take much emerald to grab hold of this trend.
So if you haven't been feeling Emerald green I hope I inspired you to give it a second look, because you'll be seeing it all year round!
The inspiration photos are from the Art Bead Scene's 2013 Spring Trends Pinterest Board, unfortunately the photos can not be credited back to their original source. Sorry!