“Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways”- Oscar Wilde
Aren’t we all aware how powerful of a force are colors in our lives? What can explain it better than the nature? A wise man quoted- “There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another”. Look at the sky shining in crimson hues during sunrise and sunset, the color that gives us hope that sun sets only to rise again. Have you ever looked at a horizon? Although it’s illusionary, the vivid colors of sea meeting the sky leave a lasting impact on soul.
Considered as a catalyst for mood changes, color can be integral to our feelings. It helps us express who we are depending on what we choose to wear and surround ourselves with.
Chromotherapy, or Color Therapy is the method of using colors to enhance body’s natural ability to heal itself. When light enters our eyes, the energy is carried to the center of the brain. It is believed to impact the Chakras ('Spinning Wheels of Energy') and stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands, which causes the glands to secrete hormones; which in turn relaxes and reduces our physical activity, emotional and mental stress.
Origin and Relevance of Color Therapy
Color Therapy is a holistic and non-invasive therapy that dates back to thousands of years. Evidence of this practice can be found in ancient texts from India, China and Egypt. Ancient practitioners of chromotherapy are believed to build separate halls for color healing where people entered and were bathed in light that was filtered through various colored glass panels or windows to provide healing.
Colors have the ability to stimulate, tranquilize and create an eternal feeling of bliss for the human beings. And, each of us has our own unique response towards different colors. Additionally, for thousands of years, gemstones of various colors have also been incorporated in healing practices and color therapy.
For jewelry artists world-wide, color is one of the most significant design tools and lot of modern pieces are curated after considering the healing properties and relevance of each color. By understanding the symbolic meaning of color (or the psychology), one can make the right decision to emphasize quality of living and well-being. Well researched and thoughtful options about colored jewelry can infuse one's life with heightened meaning.
Significance of each color of the spectrum, their properties and some gemstones associated with it
White : White bundles in the totality of life. It is the color for truth, honesty, peace and stillness. Gems- White Sapphire, Diamond, White tourmaline, Moonstone
Violet : It represents the power of forgiveness and gives conviction of thought. Amethyst, Tanzanite, Iolite
Blue : is the color of serenity and passivity. It also represents power to nurture and communicate. Blue Sapphire, Blue topaz, Lapis Lazuli
Green : Represents serenity, love, intelligence and communication skills. Emerald, Peridot, Green Tourmaline
Yellow : The color of good luck, fortune, freedom, relaxation, freedom from anxiety. This color activates the energy centers and fosters optimism and hope. Yellow Sapphire, Heliodor, Golden Topaz, Citrine
Orange : This is the color of initiative, hope, planning and looking positively at the future. Spessartite, Orange Mandarin Garnet, Orange Sapphire
Red : Passion, initiative, courage and enthusiasm. This is also the color of energy and passion. Ruby, Red Coral, Carnellian
Black : Restraint, complexes, escapism. Black Agate, Black onyx, Mexican Black Opal
Add more colors to your life
This wonderful planet does not contain all the beautiful hues of the spectrum without reason. Nature and its colors are not simply here by chance, everything in this universe is here for a purpose. Color is no exception. We can make use of this beautiful element in improvising our lives. So what color are you opting for today?
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