Best Gemstone Combinations: Which Gemstones Can Be Worn Together?

Let’s face it, when it comes to gemstones, nothing beats diamonds. They are, and always will be, a girl’s best friend. But if we want some color and variety, there’s literally a whole world of stunning colored gemstones out there. Because the variety of colors is so extensive, a question we’re often asked is, “What colored gemstones go well together?” There are two main areas of thought about this: aesthetics (how the gems look) or spirituality (what the gems mean). In this article, we’ll concentrate on the first – what color combinations for jewelry go well together? We’ll address the spirituality of gemstones in our next post. So, stay tuned, all you believers.

What questions should you consider when putting your look together? What are the best gemstone combinations? Or maybe what color jewelry will go best with the outfit you’re wearing? In general, choose one color to be dominant, with other colors used as accents.  Most combinations will work if the colors aren’t competing for first place. And a second rule is “Go with your gut.” First and foremost, your jewelry should make YOU happy. So if you love how something looks, then go for it!

But if you want some guidance, then keep reading. Colors of gemstones can be combined in several ways, and it all goes back to Art 101 and the color wheel.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are exact opposite each other on the color wheel, so they balance each other out. If you draw a straight line across the wheel, what two colors connect? Some examples are red and green (ruby & emerald), blue and orange (turquoise and coral), and purple and yellow (amethyst and citrine). Since these are the most contrasting color combinations, complementary colors are a good choice if you want to make a bold statement.  

Do you like to wear multiple rings but wonder which ones go together? You’ll make a statement with these two natural stone beauties in turquoise and coral.

Try combining or layering two complementary necklaces, such as Hanna’s turquoise bead necklace with one of our coral pendants.

Do you like to wear multiple rings but wonder which ones go together? You’ll make a statement with these two natural stone beauties in turquoise and coral.

Analogous Colors

Analogous colors are colors that relate to each other. They’re next to each other on the color wheel. Choose a color on the wheel and go directly right or left of it. You’ll get colors that go well together without being as bold as complementary colors. Some examples are red and purple (ruby and amethyst), red and yellow (ruby and citrine), and green and blue (emerald and sapphire). Like with complementary colors, these work best when one color is the main stone and the other color is the accent.

See how red and yellow look brilliant together when you combine our ruby and citrine stack rings.

Or combine a bold bracelet with a more delicate one in an analogous color, such as a bold lapiz stone with a delicate green enamel hamsa bracelet.

Triadic Colors

“Triad” comes from the word triangle. So triadic (also called tertiary) colors are colors that make up a triangle on the color wheel. Examples are orange, purple, and green (orange topaz, amethyst, emerald) or yellow, pink, and blue (citrine, pink tourmaline, blue topaz). Allow one color to stand out while the others provide accents, and you’ll have some stunning color combinations.

Hanna’s stunning amethyst drop earrings are set with a gold endcap and accented with peridot and diamonds.

Monochromatic Colors

Monochromatic colors are shades of the same color. We can have many different shades of blues, reds, greens, etc., and pairing them can create some beautiful combinations. If you want all blues, you can choose from sapphire, tanzanite, blue topaz, aquamarine, and turquoise. Select all reds and you have ruby, garnet, carnelian, coral, and fire opal. And green gems include emerald, peridot, tourmaline, aventurine, chrysoprase, alexandrite, and apatite.  Any colors with similar shades can be paired well together. You can’t go wrong with a monochromatic combination of gemstones.

Hannah has done the pairing for you with our evil eye necklace in shades of blue, and accented with diamonds, of course. Or combine gorgeous pink hues of sapphire stack rings set in rose gold.

Pairing with Diamonds

And now we come to diamonds! White stones, including white sapphire, white topaz, and pearls, are the most versatile because we can combine them with any colors on the gemstone combination chart. Whether the diamond is the center stone, or a vibrant colored gemstone is surrounded by brilliant diamonds – you cannot go wrong.

Hanna’s stunning amethyst drop earrings are set with a gold endcap and accented with peridot and diamonds.

Let’s sum it up. When it comes to the best gemstone color combinations, they can be nice and simple or combined in many different ways. Whether you go bold or subtle, the most important thing is that you love the look.

Now that you’re an expert on pairing colors of gemstones, how can you use this information? Here are some suggestions we hope will help you.

Layer your bracelets or necklaces, or wear rings of different colors, choosing pieces of jewelry that go well together.

Select the right jewelry to accessorize, according to the color of your outfit. Depending on the main color that you’re wearing, find the complementary or triadic color to stand out. For a subtler look, go with analogous or monochromatic colors.

Or let Hanna Olenik design a custom piece of jewelry just for you!