For me, resources are just about everywhere with a few websites, books and magazines as my closely guarded secrets. A colors palette from which many things inspired and created is often a result of nature and the way those creations are described is to arouse some sense or memory within us. Some of the strongest choices in the fashion and jewelry industry are dominated by a solid natural color that is then split up into various emerging tones. For example, take the stable color black which is often split up and recreated as metallic, midnight, charcoal, or described as urban metal. Blue is often refracted as cool, crisp and described as lofty winds and fluffy clouds or spa like hues; while red is portrayed as fiery fiesta, spicy, sizzling, and hot.
As consumers, we identify with these words and colors because of a memory, feeling or sense. To take it a step further, look at how most designers describe their creations; ‘Calming cool blue hues of the Caribbean Seas’, ‘Pale shades of rich soft orchids’, ‘A lazy summer lemonade mixture in yellow, orange and cream’, or ‘Exploding fusion of black and fiery red’. All of these phrases suggest some sort of memory of holidays and vacations, childhood and family, overwhelming feelings, or even present day living.
It’s all how the colors and materials are brought together in a combination of complementary or outspoken bold pieces that are eye-catching to the consumer. It’s the make-up of these combinations that makes a color palette feel modern, memorable and unique. As a jewelry designer, a combination is a good way to think about how you go about choosing jewelry materials that will spark your own imagination, bringing out a uniquely individual flare to a design.
What nature gives us to work with is a start to some grand creations, leaving endless possibilities in ones imagination. Start your arsenal of creativity by taking the time to really study, research and understand your designer colors and materials.