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Beaded Jewelry Trends, Issue #001 -- Color Trends 2010
December 15, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I hope you're enjoying Spring and Mother Nature's renewal of color to the outdoors!

This issue highlights color trends for 2010 and relates them to beaded jewelry designs.

One of the first things that attracts people to jewelry is color.

Fortunately, with so many colorful beads to choose from, we have many ways to incorporate color into our beaded jewelry designs to give them more meaning to the wearer.

I'll show you resources to use for incorporating color into your beaded jewelry designs.

You'll be able to keep your jewelry current with fashion trends and make jewelry that has more meaning to you and/or your customers, and therefore, a treasure forever.

Here's what we'll talk about in this issue of Beaded Jewelry Trends:

  • The Color Authority

  • Color of the Year 2010

  • Fall Colors for 2010

  • How to Sell More Jewelry Tips

Ring in Spring with a little more color in our jewelry!


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The Color Authority

Pantone LLC; (Pantone), is the world-renowned authority on color. It's owned by X-Rite, Incorporated (the makers of color dyes).

Pantone sets color schemes that are used in designs for most everything: home decor, electronics, comestics, fashion and fashion accessories.

When top fashion designers design their fall and spring clothing lines, they look to Pantone's color systems first for what's hot.

As a jewelry maker or designer, this translates to an awesome tool that we can use to design jewelry.

There is a lot of information available at . And, a lot of it is free!

Color of the Year 2010

Each year Pantone names a color of the year and for 2010, it has named turquoise as color of the year.

That's great news for us because we have a ready made gemstone for this color choice: Turquoise.

For centuries the stone turquoise has been used in jewelry making. On I've profiled turquoise in a Gemstone Chart along with many other gemstones.

Become familiar with the information there and, if you sell jewelry, you can refer your clients directly to the Gemstone Chart with this link:

Two other gemstones that have turquoise hues are amazonite and aquamarine. Try adding these stones to your designs, especially for those customers who only associate turquoise with Southwestern jewelry.

Fall 2010 Beaded Jewelry Color Trends

Pantone's Fall 2010 Color Report names ten wonderful colors. The chart below also gives you a gemstone and Swarovski® crystal that I feel represents the Pantone color.

Pantone Color Gemstone Swarovski Crystal Color

Endive Serpentine Jonquil
Golden Glow Citrine Topaz, Crystal Copper
Living Coral Pink Coral Padparadscha, Padparadscha Champagne
Lipstick Red Dyed Red Jade Hyacinth, Red Topaz
Purple Orchid Amethyst Lilac
Chocolate Truffle Almandine Garnet Amethyst, Cyclamen Opal Satin
Lagoon Turquoise Turquoise, Aquamarine
Woodbine Dyed New Jade Khaki, Olivine
Oyster Gray Natural Rock Agate Silver Shade, Black Diamond, Sand Opal
Rose Dust Pale Rose Quartz Light Amethyst Champagne

How to Sell More Jewelry Tip:

Use Color to Give Jewelry More Meaning

Birthstone Colors

Birth Month Color
January Red Garnet
February Amethyst
March Aquamarine
April White Diamond
May Emerald
June White Pearl or Purplish/Blue Alexandrite
July Ruby
August Peridot
September Sapphire
October Tourmaline or Opal
November Citrine or Topaz
December Tanzanite, Turquoise or Zircon


Pantone has partnered with author Michele Bernhardt to bring us Pantone Colorstrology, a system of small fanlike cards that explains our personal world of color for each day of the year.

Michelle writes about color and birth signs and offers insights into our personality based on that combination. Her Colorstrology system explains how our "birth color is designed to honor the real you".

Five Most Popular Gemstone Colors

Watching shopping networks can give us great insights into what people are buying. I watch a lot of QVC and HSN, the two largest home shopping networks.

From watching a ton of jewelry shows over the past few years and based on some of the host's comments, here are the five most popular colors, ever.

  • Amethyst

  • Blue Topaz

  • Citrine

  • Red Garnet

  • Peridot

Classic Color Schemes and Neutral Colors

Classic Color Schemes

There are a few color schemes that have stood the test of time. When in doubt use one of these color combos for putting together beads for a jewelry design.

  • Black and White

  • Brown and Red

  • Yellow and White

  • Gray and Pink

  • Blue and Yellow

Neutral Colors

These colors act as neutrals: green, black, brown, gray and white.

Color Scheme Help

Try these two resources for help developing your color scheme for designing your jewelry:

These sites help webmasters develop color schemes, but you can use them for many other things like your designing jewelry color schemes. You get a sense of what color beads will complement another before you buy the beads.

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Every link helps...Thank you!

Thanks for reading this issue of
Beaded Jewelry Trends!

Have fun making beaded jewelry!

As always, just contact me with any questions.

Happy Holidays! - Enjoy...Be Safe!


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