How to use a Color Wheel
Selecting colored gemstone jewellery accurately to complement your outfit can be quite a task. However, the use of a colour wheel makes this process faster and more accurate.
Primary, secondary and tertiary colours
Red, blue and yellow are primary colours, while violet, orange and green are secondary colours. The mixture of two primary colours makes a secondary colour.
– red and yellow = orange
– yellow and blue = green
– blue and red = purple
Tertiary colors are a combination of any primary and any secondary color.
On a colour wheel, complimentary colours are those opposite each other. For example, the complimentary colour for red is green. Any arts and crafts store has a complete colour wheel for around $5. It will show the complimentary colour combination for the primary colours and many secondary and tertiary colours.
Pairing complimentary colours can be visually striking. The key to such pairing is to make sure that one complimentary colour dominates. For example, a red dress paired with an emerald or green jade necklace is very attractive and striking. Colour wheels also match up other colour relationships and help to easily select gemstone jewellery to dress up your outfit. Use diad colours to create more striking colour combinations. Diad colours are those that are two colours apart on the colour wheel. Black, white and brown are neutral colours and are not included on the colour wheel. This is because these three colours can be combined with any of the colours on the colour wheel.
Consider investing in a colour wheel. It will not only save time, but also costly mistakes when looking for the accurately colour gemstone jewellery to create that dashing look.