With Flying Colors

With Flying Colors

Audrey Hepburn once said, “There is a shade of red for every woman.”  My mother used to say, “Everyone can wear every color; they just need to find the right shade.”  Through my study and teaching of makeup for the stage, I found those statements to be true.  Instinctively, I know which colors in clothing and jewelry look best on me and those that are not particularly good choices. 

If a person loves yellow (hue), for example, it is important to know the brightness or dullness (intensity) and the lightness or darkness (value) of the particular yellow that looks best on them.  For example, I would never wear neon yellow in a blouse or dress. I might wear it in shoes or pants because the color wouldn’t be near my face.  Or I might wear an outfit or bracelet with bright yellow detail elements.  However, I know that butter yellow is the best yellow for me.  I feel great in butter yellow.  Butter yellow has a light value and a slightly dull intensity.  Butter yellow is my yellow.  What’s yours?  We can help you make that determination and find your own complimentary and authentic shades that suit your skin tone and coloring.  Give us a call or send us a text at (954)805-BEAD and we will happy to help you discover the best color palette for you!

Once an artist or designer understands the nature and theory of color, it is easier to mix paints or to choose beads and crystals for jewelry design.  At The Jewelry Pad, we use all the colors!  And we find it to be exhilarating to discover new color combinations.  The great master painter, Pablo Picasso said, “Colors, like features, follow the changes of emotion.”  A simple change of jewelry can alter your mood immensely.  We love to experiment with diverse styles and an endless array of colors when creating the jewelry in our six collections because at times we may want to feel romantic or funky or serene or earthy or regal or sensuous.  Our jewelry can enhance and allow those feelings to emerge.  Let’s explore the colors in each of our jewelry collections as they relate to human emotions:

  •  The Miranda Collection features serene greens, calming aquas, vibrant turquoises, fresh whites, and warm tans. These colors can evoke feelings of bliss as you envision walking on a sandy shore looking out at the gorgeous, ever-changing waters and peaceful skies.
  • The Demetrius Collection includes vivid jewel tones and decorative metals which reflect the cultures of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The collection is classic, timeless, and has regal distinction. These rich, saturated hues emit radiance and give an aura of power and confidence.
  • The Titania Collection is nature-inspired with soft pinks, honey yellows, maple browns, sky blues, dreamy violets and lush greens. Inspired by early morning dewdrops shining in the sun and moonlit starry nights, the jewelry pieces often feature surprise elements of luminous crystals and multifaceted Czech glass.  Explore your femininity and romantic soul just like Titania, the fairy queen who lives in a magical forest among velvety roses, delicate peonies, buzzing honeybees, feathery ferns, blankets of fallen leaves, babbling brooks, and hideaway bowers.
  • The Touchstone Collection bursts with bright primary colors and unique black & white color schemes. Touchstone, the jester is a whimsical and witty clown with cunning intelligence and bold, provocative manners.  Touchstone jewelry allows the playful, colorful, fanciful, and mischievous side of you to shine.
  • The Tamora Collection is mysterious, dark, and sensual with sharp, piercing shapes and deep purple, blood red, dark green, warm orange, and charcoal gray colors. Tamora, Queen of the Goths is a robust warrior filled with ambition and strong sensuality.  Bring out your inner passions, find tenacity and take control of any situation with jewelry from The Tamora Collection.
  • The Caliban Collection ignites a feeling of primal earthiness mixed with the colors of intense fire. Caliban is a wild, free and indigenous inhabitant defending the right to rule his island. The jewelry in his collection uses natural elements in woody browns, stone grays, sandy beiges, and clay reds with occasional sparks of color inspired by the hues in tribal war paint.  Be authentic, feel justifiably righteous, and grounded like Caliban, while wearing his exotic jewelry. 

Upon further research and study, I found it fascinating to discover the manner in which colors are actually classified.  Let’s look at the color wheel:

  • The 3 primary colors are red, yellow, and blue.
  • The 3 secondary colors are created by mixing any two of the primary colors: blue & yellow = green; yellow & red = orange; red & blue = violet.
  • The 6 tertiary colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color – visible on the color wheel below: Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Blue-Violet, Red-Violet.

Notice that there is a neutral gray color in the center of the color wheel. This is because when you mix two colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel, you will get a neutral gray color.

Colors are classified by their relative lightness and darkness (value) and by their relative brightness and dullness (intensity).

The color wheel is located in the center of this double cone rendering.

Notice that the color white is located at the top of this double cone

illustration, and the color black is located at the bottom. As colors move upward in this diagram, their value becomes lighter. Conversely, as colors move downward, they become darker.

Let’s take the hue red. True red is located on the edge of the color wheel. As it moves toward the center of the color wheel it loses intensity and becomes duller. As it moves upward it gets lighter and darker as it moves downward. Burgundy would be a dark, dull red and be located lower and toward the center of the double cone.  Baby pink, however, would be located high and closer to the edge because it is light and bright.

As the fabulous RuPaul said, “The whole point is to live life and be – to use all the crayons in the crayon box.”