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 shades of every hue 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 our jewelry because at times our customers may want to feel romantic, funky, serene, earthy, regal or sensuous.  Our jewelry can enhance and allow those feelings to emerge.  Let’s explore colors as they relate to human emotions:

  •  Serene greens, calming aquas, vibrant turquoises, azure blue, fresh whites, and warm tans are 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.
  • Vivid jewel tones and decorative metals can reflect the cultures of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome which are classic, timeless, and have regal distinction. These rich, saturated hues emit radiance and give an aura of power and confidence.
  • Nature-inspired colors like rosy pinks, honey yellows, maple browns, sky blues, dreamy violets and lush greens are inspired by trees, flowers, early morning dewdrops shining in the sun, and moonlit starry nights. Explore your romantic soul wandering in a forest among velvety roses, delicate peonies, buzzing honeybees, feathery ferns, blankets of fallen leaves, babbling brooks, and hideaway bowers.
  • Bright primary colors allow the bold, playful, colorful, fanciful, and perhaps even mischievous side of you to shine. 
  • Deep purple, blood red, dark evergreen, burnt orange, and dark charcoal colors can evoke a sense of mystery, allure and sensuality which may bring out your inner passion and help you to manage any situation by virtue of the power of these deeply, strong colors.
  • Woody browns, stone grays, earthy tans, and clay reds with occasional sparks of color inspired by the hues in tribal war paint can ignite a feeling of primal earthiness mixed with touches of intense fire. These colors may ignite the wild and free you which allows authenticity and groundedness. 

I find 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. These two opposing colors on the wheel are called complementary colors.

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 a hue, such as red, moves upward in this diagram, its value becomes lighter, more pink. Conversely, as the hue red, moves downward, its value become darker, like burgundy.

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. This is true of every hue.

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

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