One of things I learned In elementary school art class was the color wheel. I figured that if it worked for art, it should work with my clothes, right? Early on, I put some things together that REALLY didn’t work (and no, you can’t see any pictures of the early mistakes since I burned my childhood pictures years ago.) Eventually, I got the hang of it. I know that most people are totally bent on buying a yellow dress and then trying to find the exact perfect shade of some yellow stone that doesn’t exist to wear with said yellow dress, for example. I, however, like it when things are easy. My head has far too much useless information about gemology and jewelry history in it to have to think about things like how to put an outfit together. I simply don’t have the brain space. So instead of shopping for the next year to find the EXACT perfect shade of some mysterious yellow stone for the yellow dress, I will go to the opposite side of the color wheel and buy an amethyst necklace to wear with my yellow dress that’s been hanging in my closet unworn. Then, the yellow and the amethyst will totally POP when I wear them together and my brain is saved from having to fill it with actually useful things. Plus, I get to go shopping for an amethyst necklace! It’s a win/win.
The same is true of other colors. Let's say you love peridot, but you get tired of having to search for the perfect shade of green shirts so you can wear your favorite perdiot necklace. Now you don't have to worry about it. Just wear pink! This little trick also comes in handy if, like so many people out there, peridot is your birthstone and you simply hate it! Imagine all the fabulous Victorian jewelry you can now wear with this trick. The Victorians loved peridot and put it in so many pieces of jewelry. You can go on a jewelry shopping spree and plan on wearing pink with all of it. What did I tell you- win/win, right!?
If you’re not familiar with this stroke of color genius, let me show you. This is a color wheel.
So look at another picture of me wearing peridot with the hot pink shirt.
But back to Hot Pink and Peridot…. I’m not the only one doing it. This is a Seaman Schepps ring with a Peridot in the center and two Pink Tourmalines on the sides. If Seaman Schepps can do it and make a fortune, do you want to try it?
*Photos of me wearing peridot taken by Jennifer Yanuzzi. Picture of Seaman Schepps ring from 1stDibs