Tips on colour
Refer to a colour wheel - if you draw a diagonal line from the left of the yellow to the right of purple you have divided the wheel into warm and cool colours.
The effects of colours
Warm colours: Red, Orange, Yellow and bold exciting colours which appear larger and closer
Cool colours: Blue, Purple, Green are calming and appear smaller
This type of colour combination produces an harmomonious effect. Use colours that are next to each other on the chart so that they share the same common colour.
Complementary ColourIf you need contrast: Use colours opposite each other on the colour wheel. For a dramatic and vibrant look - Yellow/Purple, Orange/Blue, Red/Green
Using complementary colours next to each other brings out the colours of the beads, this will make each colour appear richer and brighert, but you need to get the mixture of colour right so that the balance is pleasing on the eye. To do this use a smaller amount of the complementary bead colour this will accentuate the main bead colour.
Since the colours are opposites - one will be warm; the other cool. Use the warmer colour in smaller amounts and you will find that this also will give a more pleasing look.
Offset Complementary ColourIf you find the complementary colours are too bold, you can calm this down by using a colour that is next to the complementary colour on the wheel. This will give a less dramatic effect and be more restful. So instead of using blue and orange, you would use a turquoise and orange. Again using the warmer colour in small amounts.
Black and White Colours
These colours do not appear on the colour wheel, but by using them together you can create stunning jewellery. They are classic colours never going out of fasion!
By introducing Black to warm colours, such as red, makes the warm colour appear even more vibrant. By using White with warm colours you get the opposite effect and the warm colour loses it vibrance.
To make the White really effective, use it with the cool colours on the wheel. For example Blue and White look great together.