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I have been making jewelry for about 10 years and during the beginning of my career as a jewelry maker I found it very hard to experiment with color combination, but let's not forget I came from a very technical backgroud: Finance. It was nearly impossible for me to get inspired so I always went for the norm and chose unexciting colors like pink and white or black and gray. Then as I started learning more about this industry I found out that the selection of color for any jewelry piece is indispensable as it gives originality and makes your piece very marketable. Buyers would pay top dollar for something that is original and beautiful. But for some reason I couldn’t get rid of my “color block”.

One day I was buying flowers for my mom for Mother’s Day and I saw this beautiful bouquet with the most amazing mix of colors and I thought to myself: “I am going to use these colors for a bracelet”. After finding the beads that had similar colors to that bouquet I created the bracelet, and in no time I was receiving orders upon orders for that piece; soon after my “Color Block” was over…

Nowadays technology has made it even easier to get color inspiration:

  • I always have a camera handy to take pictures of things that inspire me throughout the day. This may be flowers, cloths patterns, etc. But, I also Google nature and painting pictures on the web to get the color inspiration I need. Side Note: You can always search for other picture categories.
  • Finally, I go to this fabulous website (kuler.adobe.com/#create/fromanimage)and upload the image I took. This free service allows me to create color combinations from an image as well as to select color extraction moods like Colorful, Bright, Muted, Deep, Dark and Custom (by moving the markers)

To be honest, learning the color theory was optional for me. I thought that learning all that information was just going to make me more confused and too technical and, trust me, you don't want to be technical when you are an artist. What I really wanted was to let my imagination run free - the problem was that I did not know where to "find it". But when I finally did I came to the conclusion that the only way I was able to let my inspiration flow and run wild was to simply admire our own mother nature as it provides the perfect color harmony between interesting mixtures of color. And with a little help of technology you can make the impossible. Check out my website to learn more: jewelry-making-resource.com

Give this a try and let me know what you think. Who knows you might become "addicted" to this free service as I did ;o)