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When designing jewelry (OR ANY OTHER CREATIVE PIECE), it is important to have reasons that back up your design decisions.  The color wheel is a great source to turn to find reasons to backup your design choices.  The image above depicts the common color schemes that are found within the color wheel.

The black dots and lines depict the different “color schemes” found on the wheel itself.  Some examples that are depicted above are complementary (orange and blue), analogous (green, blue-green, and blue), and triadic (yellow-green, red-orange, and blue-violet).  If you rotate these black dots clockwise or counterclockwise, you will have a new color scheme that you can utilize.  For example, if you wanted a new triadic color scheme you could rotate the black dots one color clockwise to produce the color combination.  In the example above, the new triadic color combination would be red, blue, yellow.

Using the color wheel to coordinate your raw jewelry making materials such as beads, fabrics, and stones can provide you with a solid reason for your color choices within your jewelry.  It can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin when designing jewelry but the color wheel is an excellent place to start.

Image source: http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/eckela/506/Lesson3.html