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Color Crush: Palettes with Power
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Purple isn't everyone's color. Pantone's Ultra Violet is a *strong* purple and it can be hard to see past the intensity to the possibility.

Our super amazing photographer/designer/videographer is taking over this week's blog with her Pantone-swatch-inspired stone pairings.

Mixing Matte Silver Crazy Lace Agate and Purple Crazy Lace Agate with Fancy and Polychrome Jasper offers the perfect balance between soft spring colors and summer brights.



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The dark, rich tones of Red/Black Moonstone and Pyrite counter the ultra-pale blue of Larimar. At the same time, a combo of both matte and regular-finish Purple Crazy Lace Agate creates a seamless transition from muted to bold.



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Want to mix and match your purples without creating clashy conflicts? Add some neutrals like Plated Hematite and White African Opal, and just one stone in a totally different color. Playing with unique shapes in a design does more than create visual interest - it also helps to differentiate each stone type. (Also pictured, Matte Amethyst Star Cut, Peruvian Opal Nuggets.)



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My personal favorite of these palettes is this one. I can't get over how the pink and purple make the Garnet the star of the show. I never realized how beautifully Red Garnet can simultaneously amplify and subdue. A little bit of Plated Hematite also helps create cohesion and gives it a bump of sophistication. (Also pictured, Pink & Purple Crazy Lace Agate.)



If you struggle with color or are stuck in a color rut, checking out swatch palettes on the internet can be a great tool. Since stone often incorporates so many natural color variations and visual qualities, you'll be amazed at the depth and richness that can spring from a few colored squares.


Erin, Dakota Stones
 
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