From ancient times, jewelry and the various color designations of gemstones have been used to communicate a variety of messages. Originally, the primary uses for jewelry included currency and symbolism. In many societies, jewelry pieces were designed also for functionality, to hold clothing in place. Occasionally the pieces even served as body protection.
But in every society, and even more so today, colored jewelry has been a way to display personal taste and attractiveness. When elegant models parade the newest fashions down runways from Paris to New York City, their complimentary jewelry pieces are painstakingly selected to enhance their overall appearance and showcase the newest designs. The necklaces, bracelets and earrings chosen complete a look, and color plays an important role in that process because of its emotional impact.
Diamonds, first mined in India, have long held premier standing as the jewelry that makes any outfit look more expensive. Without adding significant color, they bring a touch of class and exclusivity, practically oozing luxury. When it comes to diamonds, almost always, "bigger is better," especially in the art of dressing to impress. The blood-red ruby has traditionally been known as the "King of Precious Stones." Its powerful color evokes feelings of passion, love, fire and heat. It is definitely an attention-getting colored gemstone and romance is its message. Rose quartz, a gentler, pinker stone also reflects a softer kind of love. It is light, relaxing and unpretentious.
The most popular jewelry color around the world is blue. From the days of Egyptian royalty lapis lazuli was designated as the official color of the pharaoh. It remains popular today, in part because blue evokes feelings of loyalty, dependability, commitment and relaxation. It is also less gender specific and looks great on men as well as women. The blue sapphire is currently the most popular and most affordable of the top gemstone choices in the United States. Lady Diana's engagement ring from Prince Charles, which their son William will give to his bride Kate Middleton is a breath-taking blue sapphire.
The second most popular choice in traditional gemstones is the cool, clean look of the emerald. Valued as far back as 3500 BC by the Egyptians, this peaceful, refreshing color looks good on everyone. It is always a safe choice when one is uncertain what will be the best compliment to an outfit. Malachite and turquoise may be two of the earliest green gemstones mined for jewelry purposes. Valued by the Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, Aztecs and Native Americans, they remain popular choices today. Green also speaks to eco-friendly themes, especially in the United States
The purple amethyst is a more recent representation of royalty. Varying from light lavender to deep violet, it can convey wealth and sophistication or creativity, spirituality, imagination and free spiritedness. With more recent economic stress, many people are cutting back on extravagant lifestyles and appearances.
Chocolate diamonds and tiger's eyes represent the natural earth tones that suggest stability and reliability. In a subtle understated manner, they also speak wealth and authority. Pearls, traditionally valued for their rarity continue to be a classic jewelry favorite. However, new trends indicate that they will have a much bolder presentation. Both faux and real pearls evoke feelings of hope and simplicity and can add punch to any outfit. For those who want the most mileage from their jewelry, pearls can compliment just about any outfit.
Colorful jewelry will continue to be an impacting emotional and fashion-enhancing statement for both men and women. Even though we don't always consciously know why we choose certain pieces over others, something within us responds to that perfect piece that seem to make us feel a little more sure of ourselves or a little more complete.
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