How to Design with the Color Wheel in Mind

Color plays an essential role in jewelry making. It is what appeals to people and draws them in. Many times, we buy jewelry not because we need it but because the color was so cute or bold that we could not pass up on it.

As a designer, selecting the right color scheme can help create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility.
Color can be your most powerful design element if you learn to use it effectively. With colors you can convey an image, set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement, using it to energize, or to cool down an outfit.

The color wheel or color circle is the basic tool for combining colors. The first circular color diagram was designed by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.


Over the years, many variations of the basic design have been made, but the most common version is a wheel of 12 colors based on the RYB (or artistic) color model.

Traditionally, there are a number of color combinations that are considered especially pleasing. These are called color harmonies or color chords and they consist of two or more colors with a fixed relation in the color wheel.

– Primary colors are red, yellow and blue.

– Secondary colors (green, orange and purple) are created by mixing two primary colors.

– Tertiary colors are created by mixing primary and secondary colors.

Next page: Basic techniques for designing with a color scheme


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