The Bright Lights Palette ®

Bright Lights
Bright Lights Palette

Gems: Tanzanite, Red Spinel, Yellow Sapphire, Amethyst; Pink, Red, Green, Chrome & Paraiba Tourmaline; Rich Blue & Hot Pink Sapphire; Emerald; Ruby; Tsavorite ; Deep Golden Topaz; Intense Citrine

Bright Lights Color Palette® gems are vivid, clear, intense, and regal. They scream “Jewel.” Colors of this palette are blue-based, radiant gold or sparking red. They are the crisp, versus muted: the red satin sheen of Red Spinel, not the earthy merlot of Rhodolite Garnet….. the royal Blue Sapphire rather than Iolite’s gray tinge. Of the five Color Palettes in our system, Bright Lights include the gemstones that are most familiar—like Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and Amethyst—and the jewel-tone colors known by those names, whether describing jewels or any other item.

The Bright Lights hues equal the intensity of those in the Tropic Color Palette®. Since these two palettes are equally balanced in intensity, they often merge with ease. (The major difference is the gems of the Tropic Palette are more yellow-based, like the golden Tropic sun. Think of Bright Lights as peacock feathers, while Tropic colors are parrots or macaws.)

Since the colors of this palette are all strong individualists, they’re not as easily mixed as the softer or more mutable gems of the Serengeti®, Vineyard® and Icy Pastel® Color Palettes. When carefully designed, however (like the “fruit salad” designs of Art Deco jewelry), they make a stunning mix.

Bright Lights hues most easily pair with bright neutrals like pearl, platinum and diamond jewels and solid clothing, especially cool neutrals.

You can also use Bright Lights in simple primary color contrasting. Play a red dress with Tanzanite or blue sapphire jewelry. Or, contrast complementary intensities such as a bright yellow dress with amethyst jewelry. The adventurous can “color block” using three colors of balanced intensities: Purple dress, rubellite earrings, tsavorite ring. In this strong palette, if you want to go over three color blocks, it takes a lot of practice not to end up with an unruly orchestra of colors all playing different tunes.