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Purple Beads And How To Use Them

Updated on March 7, 2015

Are you looking for purple beads or ideas on how to use them in a special project?

There are many different types of purple beads you can buy, from manmade and manufactured purple glass beads and seed beads to natural gemstone beads. The colour purple is an inspiring, creative and calming colour that produces excellent results in beading.

Stunning colour combinations combined with simple beading techniques can produce jewellery which will entrance, mystify and excite viewers and wearers. Use simple beading techniques to string purple gemstone beads into a chunky beaded bracelet or use sunset colours as an inspirational palette for a necklace. This article discusses types of purple beads, good colour palettes for creating purple jewellery, the meaning behind the colour purple and using gemstones for effect.

The colour purple in nature is mysterious, enchanting and fantastical.
The colour purple in nature is mysterious, enchanting and fantastical.
The natural shades in this scarf are a perfect colour combination for making jewellery with purple beads.
The natural shades in this scarf are a perfect colour combination for making jewellery with purple beads.

The Meaning Of The Colour Purple

Purple is the colour of inspiration, fantasy, enchantment and mystery. It is used to spiritually fulfil and rebalance the life of the wearer as it is a combination of both the warmest colour (red) and the coolest colour (blue) – providing a stable equilibrium of mood. Purples containing more blue are more calming, whereas redder-type purples convey greater excitement, inspiration and creativity.

Traditionally, purple was worn by royalty, since Tyrian Purple (a kind of dark, reddish, purple, made from mollusc dye) was only affordable to wealthy, elite rulers. Tyrian purple (also known as Imperial purple) evolved into Royal purple (a bluer purple, like lavender) during medieval times.

Purple is used a lot on popular holidays, including Lent, Easter and Mardi Gras and has been worn as the colour of mourning for Thai widows. The US Military gave “purple hearts” to soldiers wounded in battle to uplift their spirits. More recently, the colour purple is associated with sophistication and passion – it was Cleopatra’s favourite colour.

Purple has also been used extensively in fantasy genres to represent magic and mystery. It inspires creativity and use of the imagination to its best potential. It’s a good meditational colour for balancing and uplifting. Calming to the mind and nerves, purple encourages creativity and spirituality. Violet purple is associated with the Crown chakra and links the individual with the universal as well as providing a sense of purpose. Use purple beads when you want to unlock your imagination, uplift and rebalance your life, calm an overactive mind or energise yourself from depression.

An elegant but simple colour combination: purple, white, black and silver.
An elegant but simple colour combination: purple, white, black and silver.
Gemstone beads suit natural colour combinations. Purple gemstone beads such as amethyst combine well in chunky styles.
Gemstone beads suit natural colour combinations. Purple gemstone beads such as amethyst combine well in chunky styles.

Purple Gemstone Beads

Lots of purple beads are made from genuine and manmade gemstones. Some are dyed purple, such as purple agates and lavender chalcedony. Often these beads come in strands of necklace lengths and a good way to use the strands is to take the beads off and combine them with other beads for better effects (see the section “Creating Purple Jewellery” below).

Some common purple gemstone beads include: amethyst, lavender chalcedony, dyed agate, dyed jasper, fluorite, iolite, lepidolite, charoite, purpurite, rhodolite, sapphire, sugilite, tanzanite and tourmaline. The great thing about purple beads is that they suit all skin types – there are many shades of purple that will complement you.

A vivid and rich purple sunset combination making good use of gradated purple, orange, red and green shades.
A vivid and rich purple sunset combination making good use of gradated purple, orange, red and green shades.
This colour combination is brighter than the natural palette and creates a striking purple bead necklace.
This colour combination is brighter than the natural palette and creates a striking purple bead necklace.
Purple beads used in a rainbow palette with other coloured beads stands out.
Purple beads used in a rainbow palette with other coloured beads stands out.

Creating Purple Jewellery

Purple beads can be used in great colour combinations, either as accents to other, stronger colours or as the main focal colour of the design. If you like using purple beads, try new, exciting colour combinations to improve the flexibility of wearing purple jewellery.

A natural palette always looks good. Since purple flowers in nature are so beautiful, it makes sense to combine purple beads with green foliage colours and other natural colours. Gradate shades of purple and green for a stunning, rich purple/red sunset-type effect. Great colours used in the natural palette with purple include sage, lime, pale green, pale pink, emerald, wheat, hay, hematite, coal, ash, sky blue, earth, red soil, river colours, white foam, ecru, red garnet, red radish, strawberry, silver and twilight blue.

Building on the natural palette, you can make purple beads even more exciting with very bright colours of orange, red, green, hot pink, cream, white, rich brown, yellow, peacock blue and turquoise blue. The idea with these colour combinations is to make a striking statement with purple as a main colour throughout the design.

For elegance and sophistication, try a simpler palette of purple gemstone beads mixed with silver, black, ash, coal, white or cream beads. Using different shades of purple is very subtle but adds to the depth of the palette. The elegant style is a great one for those who adore wearing lots of purple jewellery to spruce up an outfit.

Purple beads used in conjunction with a rainbow palette lessen the purple colour overall, but still work quite effectively in uplifting and whimsical styles. Rainbow palettes make good use of mixed bead collections and are a good way to dress up your purple beads if they’re looking a bit dull by themselves.

Types Of Purple Beads

Some of the more common types of purple beads include:

Purple Foil Murano & Plain Murano Beads
Purple Crystal & Czech Glass Beads
Purple Crackle Glass Beads
Purple Clay Beads
Purple Glass Beads
Purple Lampwork Beads
Faceted Purple Beads (Usually Crystals)
Purple Fuse Beads (Small, Tubular)
Wooden Purple Beads (Some Handpainted)
Purple Dyed Agate Beads
Purple Dyed Jasper Beads
Purple Amethyst Gemstone Beads
Purple Crystal Quartz Beads
Purple Swarovski Crystal Beads
Dyed Purple Pearls & Faux Purple Pearl Beads
Purple Seed Beads

A purple beaded pendant using pearls in natural looking colours.
A purple beaded pendant using pearls in natural looking colours.

I Love Purple!

Thank you for reading my article about purple beads. I adore using purple beads in jewellery making and beading projects and purple has been my favourite colour for years. It’s a very versatile colour that matches most outfits and uplifts the viewer as well as the wearer.

Surrounding yourself with purple and other hues is a great way to lift your mood and inspire creativity – especially when it is mixed with natural colours in room décor. I wish you the best of luck in creating purple beaded jewellery!

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© 2013 Suzanne Day

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      Jacobb9205 

      3 years ago

      Awesome!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Purple is such a lovely color and I have a winter velvety top in purple I feel so comfortable in that color. You sued purple in such a creative way.

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      Susan 

      4 years ago from India

      Purple is one of my favorite color. Very well written hub. Well explained too. Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Day 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks Dr Kristy! I'm a huge amethyst and fluorite fan, and my jewellery collection keeps growing bigger and bigger. There's just so many shades of purple out there and I want to collect them ALL!

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      Kristy Callan 

      5 years ago from Australia

      I love purple too! It's my favourite colour (followed closely by light green). It's so pretty. The fact it's also used by Cadbury probably doesn't hurt either... positive association and all that.

      Some of the pieces of jewelry in this article were absolutely beautiful. The tips were very helpful for those like me who are not particularly fashion savvy! Voted up and useful.

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