Welcome to part two of our rainbow of gems tour. The Warm Color Palette includes yellows, oranges, reds, and pinks. Qualities associated with each color are noted below. Warm colors call to mind images of blooming flowers, days at the beach, and barbecues in the backyard. Let’s find gems to inspire us.
Color: Yellow – cheerful, warm, motivational
You may not have heard of the gemstone called beryl, but I am sure you are familiar with two of its relatives, emerald and aquamarine. Although it comes in a few colors, yellow is the rarest.
Amber & Amber with an Insect Trapped Inside
Even when the sky is gray, cheerful gold and yellow amber beads will brighten your day. Amber is often found with very interesting inclusions like the famous mosquito in the movie, “Jurassic Park.”
Want more light and positivity in your life? Citrine captures rays of sunshine you can wear day or night.
Yellow quartz quenches your thirst for beautiful gemstones like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day.
Color: Orange – joyful, playful, independent
Coral has been used for centuries in jewelry. Because it is susceptible to damage from direct sunlight and excessive heat, care should be taken when wearing or storing your coral pieces.
Carnelian has a blend of color from light to dark within the same stone.
Available in several colors, chalcedony may also have bands of color. I must be hungry because these beads remind me of an orange creamsicle.
Known for their iridescent luster, pearls have been a worldwide favorite for every type of jewelry, from single pearl earrings to priceless crown jewels.
Color: Orange Red – energizing, attention-getting, self-assured
Named for a city in Portugal, Madeira citrine has a deep, reddish orange or brownish orange color.
Color: Red – bold, romantic, sexy, powerful
In ancient Egypt, carnelian was worn as jewelry for its beauty, carried daily to energize the body, and buried with the dead as protection in the afterlife.
Red coral is typically harvested in the deep waters of the Western Mediterranean.
Garnets have a long history as symbols of love, power, and protection. Many rulers have worn garnet studded crowns as sign of their power and authority.
Rubies, the birthstone for July, are one of four “precious” gemstones, which includes Sapphires, Emeralds, and Diamonds.
Jasper can be spotted, striped or solid color. Warriors often adorned their weapons and armor with jasper to ensure success in battle.
Color: Pink – soft, feminine, sweet
This beautiful pink gem is honored by Native Americans. With frequently occurring “floral” patterns within the stones, rhodochrosite is a popular gift of love.
Transparent rose quartz is very rare, and the most prized comes from Madagascar.
This completes the warm color palette and the traditional colors of the rainbow, but there is still a treasure trove of gems waiting for their turn in the spotlight. Please share your thoughts about your favorite gemstones in the comments section and stay tuned for part three. To read part one, please click here.
Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting!