Long Live the Color Palette!

If you, like me, are captivated by particular colors or items, it’s easy to combine ideas.

Last summer my niece and I shopped Urban Mining, a resale event in Kansas City. She gravitated to the retro items related to cooking. I, on the other hand, discovered a fabulous bead offering: a bronze bracelet mark-down with more than 13 charms and oodles of bronzy beads, bead caps and bead spacers for just $6.00.

For months the bracelet hung from a toolbox on my worktable. Each time my peripheral vision caught it, I’d think of my fun shopping excursion. While I liked looking at the bracelet, it was doing nothing for my personal jewelry stash or my public offerings. I decided to remake it.

Recently, I married the bracelet to a fetching strand of chocolate bronzed pearls. Suddenly, this piece became my favorite necklace to wear with anything. Then, I imagined the bronze star in multi-strand presentations. As soon as I conceived of the idea, I found myself modeling my creation it in conjunction with two other necklaces.

As Mae West once said, “Too much of a good thing is wonderful!”

Without discipline, my stash of beads would almost always consist of deep bronzes with reddish highlights, copper, brass and rich browns.

The beauty of a love such as this is everything meshes. Predictable color palettes work well for impulse shopping, for bead hoarding, for collections, and well… for everything!

Do you gravitate to a particular color palette?