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Deep cool tones are in common for September’s birthstone and flower. Deep blue Sapphires and purple Asters are like the earlier evenings we’re starting to see. The constellation for most of this month is Virgo, which is associated with Persephone, a perfect beginning to autumn.
Sapphires are really just blue rubies, which is wild! Well, they’re not all blue, but that’s the colour they’re most commonly associated with. Actually, if they’re pink but not pink enough to be a ruby, then they’re pink sapphires, which are another favourite shade of this stone.
But! Did you know what common flower is also part of the Asteraceae family? The dandelion. It’s true, I’ll wait while you look it up.
Virgo, the constellation until the last week of September, is a little tricky to depict in sock form. Sure, it’s associated with Persephone, but I already looked at pomegranates in January! Hmm. The coming of autumn and cold, the word “virgin” . . . ah-ha! Virgin wool. Perfect for those cool days that are creeping in. B.Ella has a lot of beautiful styles that use virgin wool, but here are three that speak to the season.
I know a lot of folks are looking forward to the season change. Just two scant weeks until the Equinox when it is officially fall!
Step into my sock-powered time machine as we travel back back, BACK to August 2011 when I pointed out our new Solid option for choosing uniform-code appropriate socks for back to school. How old fashioned was that?! Nowadays, our new-fangled technology can zoom you right to solid socks in any height you want (like the popular knee highs, OTKs and midcalves!).
By clicking “Solid” in the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search, all you’ve got to do, really, is pick your uniform or school colours and sock coverage style! Just be sure you choose “ANY” while you’re picking your school colours, though. It’s very rare that we’d classify a solid sock as both Blue and Yellow (I guess that would be straight up Green?)
Though, if you do need multiple school colours representing at once, that’s easy enough to do. Just keep the colours restricted by “ALL” and choose “Striped” instead of “Solid” from the Pattern/Texture area of Advanced Search for a shortcut to school pride!
We even have a great present for teacher, so you can start the year on the right foot.
So, whether you’re school shopping for yourself or someone else have fun and drop us a line if you have any questions!
August is our last summer month and with peridot, onyx, poppies and lions, the season gives us a regal goodbye.
One of the few gemstones happen in only one colour, the olive green of peridot ranges from a yellower shade to deep brown olive. Olive is a popular shade of green when it comes to socks and our house brands use olive shades for our medium green.
Onyx is the other gemstone for August and though your first thought may be of solid black, it more commonly occurs in coloured bands, like the reds and browns of sardonyx (which is such a great band name).
The constellation for most of August is Leo, the lion. Strangely, there aren’t many lion socks out there, but the Stained Glass Printed Leggings do the regal beasts justice, framing them around beautiful traditional motifs.
In looking for something to more figuratively represent lions I realised the Faux Fur Cuff Knee Highs are essentially little lion costumes for your legs, with fuzzy ruffs and everything!
Wow, next month fall begins! Soak up those last bits of summer while you can, Northern Hemisphere folks!
As we zoom through summer we hit some pretty fun symbols. July’s birthstone is the Ruby (gorgeous!), the Water Lily (another lily?!) and the kind of crabby Cancer. It’s like they’re all saying “take a dip in the water and cool off from this blazing sun.”
Rubies are one of the four “precious gems”, along with sapphires, emeralds and diamonds. They’re a pink to deep red version of corundum (the same stuff sapphires are made of), but the deepest and darkest reds are the most sought after. Which is probably why only our most scrumptious reds are called “ruby.”
The trickiest symbol to represent in socks this month is the Cancer constellation. There were some sad faces when we realised we don’t have any socks with crabs on them. Or lobsters! Then Niq pointed out that tabi socks always sort of reminded her of crab claws. Of course, we had to test this. Scientifically.
(and there’s always the Water Crews too, to represent aquatic signs!)
Warm colours and cool water, that’s July!
I cannot even believe we’re at the halfway point of the year. Time passes quickly when your socks are fun! June’s flower and birthstone are a great team—roses and pearls! The constellation for most of the month is Gemini, a perfect pairing for socks!
June’s actually got three birthstones associated with it, Alexandrite, Moonstone and Pearls. Both Alexandrite and Moonstone possess shifting colours that are impossible to capture in sock form, so I’ve made little gradients for you.
Alexandrite shifts from reddish to greenish.
Moonstones are pearlescent, glowing rainbows of green and blue, with purple and yellow on the edges. I actually super can’t convey the deepness of their colours and beauty, not even in socks.
Pearls are a little easier, with their beautiful, soft shades of white. Our O Lovelies in Pearl are a gimme as far as that gemstone is concerned! For the rest of your strand of socks, we’ve got lots of solid white with subtle shimmer and satin texture to dress up your look.
Clockwise from top: Micromesh Lace Ruffle Tanga Short, Opaque Stockings with Ruffle and Bow, Microfiber Chenille Arm Warmers, Simply Adjustable Sock Garters, Furry Lurex Leg Warmers, Alpaca Beehive Knit Long Arm Warmers.
But have you seen black pearls? They’re probably my favourite and they’ve got hints of blue and purple in them.
The lovely companion flower to pearls is the rose and we’ve got socks with that distinctive bloom emblazoned,
And there are shades of red and pink called “rose” that range the spectrum.
Now Gemini, the twins, is almost too easy to symbolise with socks. So let’s pair these pairs with two packs. Each of these styles come in sets of two, for you to mix and match or have a spare.
Pretty pearls, romantic roses and double your money with Gemini. We’re halfway through the year with Summer Solstice to prove it on the 21st!