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By Bethany Waldrop Keiper
"Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions." -- Pablo Picasso
February is here, and it is time for the big color three, at least during the first half of the month -- red, pink, and white. The Valentine's colors. Which one is your favorite to design jewelry with? To wear? And what does that say about you?
Many people argue that there is no particular meaning behind color choice, or beyond that, what your favorite means about you. But others contend that more and more research shows correlations between colors and feelings and personalities.
I just think it's fun. And fun especially around Valentine's Day, when feelings are on display anyway. So, I've been checking things out, color-wise, and here is a playful amalgamation of what I found about this still changing science applied to love, jewelry design and the big three colors of Valentines.
Let's start out with red, which seems to be one of the most popular colors for Valentines. Likely because almost all cards for men are going to be red. I can't imagine handing a man a pink or white Valentine. But back to red. Red is commanding and confident. People who like red are said to be energetic, aggressive, impulsive, sensual and confident. People who like red might not have these qualities, but the color red is their way of striving toward these qualities.
If you like red, you may also have a desire for warmth in your life, others may find you exciting, and you may be noticed often. Your enthusiasm is often catching and you aren't afraid to be bold.
If red is a bold statement, then a really big red heart is a really big, bold red statement. And this extra-large red heart is design-ready. It looks ready to eat, too -- like it was taken from the top of a Valentine lollipop. To keep it company, add two light-red, marbled butterfly beads and two red flower beads. This pretty center is now ready for its ends -- hard silver wire attached to each loop will make this design into an adjustable bracelet.
The color red itself is said to raise your heartbeat, and has long been known as the color of passion. It is also said to raise your blood pressure, although I believe that the idea of red equaling passion has been thought of for so long that it naturally causes a spike in heartbeat and blood pressure!
Now let's throw a little cold water on all this red and passion, and talk about pink. Pink is much sweeter and softer. People who like pink are often delicate and fragile, but tend to slight themselves because they are generously helping others in need. Loving, charming, sensitive and gentle, people who like pink are often very attuned to their feminine qualities.
Pink has some of the more temperate qualities of red. There is affection there, and love, but passion is absent, making it a more romantic color.
Pale pink itself is said to be a soothing, calming, color. Besides being a Valentine's color, it's also the color that symbolizes baby girls, and a lovely pastel for spring and summer.
Even softer than pink is white. White is pure and fresh. People who love this color are thought to be spiritually enlightened, orderly, and healthy. You may desire more simplicity in your life or a sense of perfection in your ideals if white is your favorite color. People who like white are said to be good at keeping secrets.
White is given a golden glow in this bracelet. Using a gold chain as a base, alternate intricate small gold hearts with large white hearts, hand painted with lavish gold diagonal stripes. Gold is said to symbolize attraction, so what better way to warm up the purity of white hearts for Valentine's designs? Swarovski 2X aurum gold bicones are the perfect accents for the large heart focal beads.
It is always best to add another shade to designs made with white for Valentine's Day, for solid white brings on thoughts of weddings for some (too serious!), and hospitals for others (too scary!).
16 mm heart-shaped, hand-painted gold striped white beads (also available in pink, red, and black) courtesy of the Bead Peddler®.
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