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How Do You Begin To Add Color In Your Jewelry?

editIMG_8400-1-703626-edited.jpgIf this is a self-purchase, embrace your independence starting with or coordinating with your jewelry collection. If you are shopping for colored gemstone jewelry for a loved one, have them read this article.  This will be very helpful giving you the tools you will need to get it right.

Colored gemstone jewelry is not only beautiful; it is fun, has personal meaning and is affordable.  So, how do you choose from all the options out there? Well first, think about what your favorite color is.  Do not overthink this question.

You may want to know how your favorite color translates to a gemstone and its visual appeal. Ask yourself, “What will best compliment the clothes I wear?” If you wear a lot of black, navy and gray, you may want to jazz up your outfits with a color that is bold like a ruby, garnet, blue topaz, emerald, peridot, turquoise or even a pink sapphire. 

If your wardrobe palette mostly consists of earth tones, a little punch of color say from citrine, peridot, garnet, emerald, ruby or maybe smokey quartz may be something comfortable with your style.

If you don’t like to draw too much attention to yourself, and seeking something that is still reflective of your personality, then you may feel more comfortable with a stone like sapphire, moonstone, labradorite, pearl, or even the colorless diamond.

Maybe your birthstone is something you have a connection with. If so, that could be your starting point in looking for a colored stone for yourself. You can also experiment and create excitement using colored gemstones that contrast or coordinate with your birthstone’s hue. Explore all colors and consider the significance and meaning that your selection can have.  There are so many options!  Your gem choice is as unique and individual as you are.

What to do next.  

Go to the jewelry store that you feel has the best options, quality, and customer service. This is very important because the jeweler will always have either matching or coordinating styles to help you build on your choice. Explain how you are exploring colored stone jewelry for yourself. The store associate should be welcoming, knowledgeable, and helpful. This is a very important part of the process, and it should be fun. 

Take note:  The dress always looks different on the hanger.  For this reason, you should be cautious before buying jewelry online.  So many people select pieces thought to be desired, only to find later that the style in real life looks nothing like what they thought.  

In the jewelry store, you will be able to identify what type of jewelry is going to be worn with most frequency. Maybe it is a pendant, ring, earrings, bracelet or a combination of these. Next, having identified your favorite color and piece, ask to try on a couple options.  This will help tremendously with identifying your vision. 

Don’t tune in yet to the metal color, that will come later. You may be trying on something set in yellow gold but you don’t wear yellow gold. This is ok and let the store associate know you are a white metal person whether sterling silver, white gold or platinum. This will definitely help you with this process and the jeweler will be able to accommodate your metal preference. The more information you communicate with them, the easier it is for him/her to help you find the perfect piece. Sometimes it takes a few visits to a jewelry store to fully wrap your head around the colored gemstone piece you are thinking of.  If you are feeling pushed into anything, you are in the wrong place. 

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