Matching Your Jewelries With Your Outfits And The Color Wheel

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To choose the right jewelry colors that will match your dress, outfit or attire, you will need to have some idea about the color wheel. There are twelve colors on the color wheel, every other color, hue, tint and shade derived their colors from the color wheel.

Having some basic understanding about the color wheel will help you to easily coordinate and match your jewelries with virtually all types of dresses or outfits, the color wheel is a very simple tool that you will most likely return to again and again.

Once you have acquired some knowledge on how to use the color wheel, you can then use it together with some of the additional tips that are provided below on the right type of jewelry colors for men and women in a casual, business, formal and social setting. Each jewelry user can typically choose to select a matching or contrasting jewelry color to match the outfits or accessories they wear.


Using The Color Wheel

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The color wheel is made up of some primary, secondary and intermediate colors. The primary colors are red, yellow and blue and cannot be derived by mixing other colors. The secondary colors are green, orange and violet, each of these are made by mixing two primary colors. Intermediate colors are the colors between the primary and secondary colors on the wheel.

The colors that match each other on the wheel are generally classified as complimentary, triad and analogous colors.

Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite each other on the wheel. Yellow and violet are complementary colors, red and green, blue and orange etc are also complementary too. Triad colors are colors that are equidistant from each other, green, orange and violet are triad colors. Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the wheel, blue-green and blue-violet are analogous colors.

Complementary colors will generally draw more attention than the other matching color schemes or combinations. Triad colors can be used to match several items and analogous colors can create a minimal contrast and restrained look and may also provide a consistent look too.

The different tints and shades for each of the color on the wheel can be used or applied in the same manner too. In addition to these, there is the monochromatic color scheme too where different shades of the same color can also be used in dressing up.

What this generally means to you as a jewelry user is that, to use a complementary color, if you have a yellow outfit for instance you can use a violet gemstone jewelry to match it. And for triad colors, you can use a green gemstone or metal jewelry too that may match any of your outfits or accessories that should typically comprise of some orange and violet colors etc.

You can therefore select a color on the wheel and then determine the other type of color that would appropriately match your selected or chosen color by using any of the matching color schemes or combinations.

In addition to using the color wheel, the following are some additional tips on how to effectively match your jewelry colors with your outfits either as a man or a woman.


For All Occasions, Settings And Outfits

White or yellow metal color jewelries (without any gemstone) will generally work for all types of casual, business, formal and social settings or occasions and outfits for both men and women.

White metal color jewelries will include titanium, silver, silver-plated jewelries and other types of white metal or white-metal-plated jewelries. Yellow metal color jewelries will include gold and gold plated jewelries, you can learn more about jewelry metal colors at Selecting Your Jewelry Metal Colors .


Jewelries That Match All Outfits

In addition to the white or yellow metals (with no gemstone) that would match all outfits, some colorless,white, yellow and blackgemstone jewelries will also work with or match all outfits for both men and women too.

Some combination of metals and gemstones that would fall into this group are

(a).  White Metals And Colorless Or White Gemstones

Some examples of these are jewelries that are made with silver, titanium, stainless steel and colorless diamonds, colorless quartzes,white pearls etc.

(b).  Yellow Metals And Yellow Gemstones

Some examples of these are jewelries that are made with gold, gold-plated metals and yellow ambers,yellow citrines,yellow topazesetc.

(c).  White Metals And Black Gemstones

Some examples of these are jewelries that are made with silver, titanium, stainless steel and black coral, onyx,black opaletc.

(d).  Yellow Metals And Black Gemstones

Some examples of these are jewelries that are made with gold, gold plated metals and black coral, onyx, black opal etc.

Jewelries that are made with some white or yellow metal and with some gemstones of the same color as an outfit will also match the outfit too. You can learn more about gemstones, jewelry metals and their colors at Gemstone Colors In Shades And Hues and Selecting Your Jewelry Metal Colors .


Women Jewelry Colors

Women can typically wear all types of jewelry colors with their dresses, attires or outfits and in all types of settings too except in a business setting where wearing some too brightly colored jewelry may not be ideal.


A Woman's Jewelry

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Men Jewelry And Colors

Men Jewelries are generally understated and are usually used as accents for their outfits or attires. The type of jewelry colors that a man may wear will depend on the setting and the type of jewelry piece he may have elected or chosen to wear.

A Man's Jewelry

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Some of the different types of jewelries that a man may wear include bracelets, rings, neck chains,watches, cufflinks, lapel pins, studs, tie pins, tie clips and pendants.

In a casual setting a man may wear a bracelet, ring, neck chain, watch or pendant.

In a business or formal setting men may wear some rings, cufflinks,lapel pins, studs, watches,tie pins or tie clips.

A social setting can be casual, business-oriented or formal or a mix or combination of these, each man can therefore wear whatever type of jewelry that is appropriate for each occasion.

Very little to minimal colors are generally needed or used in a business or formal setting for men, hence the jewelry colors used in these settings are usually minimal too.

Men can or will usually use more colors or brighter colors in a casual setting than in a formal or business setting, this will also apply to their jewelries too.

For men, a wedding ringband can be worn in any type of setting, this is generally acceptable or allowed. Other jewelries apart from a wedding ring band should generally either imitate or contrast the color of the bigger or larger outfit, that is, the suit, shirt etc that a man may be wearing.

In a business or formal setting, the metal colors of each type of jewelry that a man may wear should ideally be the same, that is, they should either be a white, yellow etc metal colors or tones all through and not mixed, a wedding band can be an exception to this.


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