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Colors And Their Meanings

Updated on September 8, 2018
The world is made up of many colors.
The world is made up of many colors. | Source

The Psychology of Color.

Color is something you just can't escape. It's everywhere you look. Color is said to be related to the mind, body, emotions and the balance between them. Basically, color is said to affect the way you relate to the world around you.

Have you ever noticed that in a hospital the physicians and nurses tend to wear blue? There is a reason for this. Blue is a calming color. When orange is included in the décor of a restaurant it is because of the belief by some that it increases the craving for food.

Color is used everyday by those in the know to help increase sales, calm you down, and to help creativity.

Shades of red
Shades of red | Source


The color red is the warmest of all colors. It is the color of blood and associated with heat and warmth.  It is the color most picked by extroverts and a favorite of most males, which makes sense because its known as the color of passion and lust.  It also is the color that represents temper or anger.

Include more red in your life if you want:

  • more energy
  • protection from fears and anxieties
  • increased enthusiam and interest
  • action and confidence to go after you dreams

Red gemstones are known to help strengthen the body, overcome sexual dysfuntions, add vitality, and promote will power and courage.  Examples of red gemstones are:

  • bloodstone
  • garnet
  • ruby
  • red calcite
  • red coral

Shades of pink
Shades of pink | Source


Pink is a quite color and known as the color of universal love. Because pink is a combination of red and white the quality of the enegry in pink is determined by how much red there is in it. Pink combines the best qualities of the colors red and white. White represents the potential for fullness and red represents the ability to achieve that potential. Deeper shades of pink are thought to be effective in neutralizing violence and disruptive behavior. Pink is thought to provide the feelings of tenderness, self-woth, love, caring and acceptance.

Include more pink in your life if you want:

  • relaxation
  • acceptance, contentment
  • to neutralize disorder
  • calm feelings

Pink gemstones are known to promote love, order, protection from violence and aggression, and self-worth. Examples of pink gemstones are:

  • rose quartz
  • pink opal
  • pink sapphire
  • morganite
  • pink tourmaline

Shades of brown
Shades of brown | Source


Brown is the color of earth and is associated with the conventional and orderly type person. It can also represent the lazy person or repressed personality. It's a mixture of the colors red, blue and yellow and has many differing shades and tones. The red portion of brown gives it energy while the yellow and blue add mental focus energies. Some of the brown shades can create a warm comfortable feeling of dependability and naturalness.

Brown gemstones promote stability and clear thinking.  They also act as a grounding force, giving a felling of solidity, allowing a person to be unoticed, to stay in the background.  Add more brown to your life if you want:

  • orderliness and convention
  • to blend in with the background
  • a connection with natural earth and the stability it brings
  • a solid wholesome feeling

Examples of brown gemstones:

  • tiger eye
  • dravite (brown tourmaline)
  • argonite
  • stromatolite
  • petrified wood

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Yellow background | Source


Yellow represents joy and happiness, it also symbolizes wisdom. People who like the color yellow usually are of high intellect.   Pure yellow brings clarity and awareness while yellow green can mean deceit.  The clear light shade of yellow is said to clear the mind, making it active and alert.  Include more yellow in your life if you want:

  • protection from lethary and depression during dull weather
  • relief from burnout , panic, nervousness, and exhaustion
  • clarity for decision making
  • sharper memory and concentration skills

Yellow gemstones are said to help promote the ability to express yourself making them great stones for public speakers.  They also stimulate mental awareness and are used to enhance decision making skills.  Examples of yellow gemstones:

  • citrine
  • sulpher
  • imperial topaz
  • lemon quartz
  • amber

Orange background
Orange background | Source


Orange is a power colorand is one of the healing colors. It stimulates enthusium and crativity, along with vitality and endurance. Orange is the color of Lady Luck and the people who like this color are usually thoughtful and sincere. Include more orange in your life if you want:

  • to increase creativity
  • to spice things up when you feel time is dragging
  • relief from things getting too serious
  • to become more involved in something

Orange gemstones have all of the fire of red but is tempered with a more creative spirit. The orange gemstone helps to simulate creativity, mental quickness and the ability to adjust to chamge. Examples of orange gemstones:

  • fire opal
  • tangerine quartz
  • orange kyanite
  • sunstone
  • carnelian

The color green
The color green | Source


The color green is the color of nature, fertility and life.  It symbolizes self-respect, well-bing, learning, growth and harmony.  It is usually the color of choice for well balanced people.  Green represents the ability to sustain changes that are necessary for growth.Include more green into you life if you want:

  • freedom to pursue new ideas
  • a new state of balance
  • feel a need for change or growth
  • protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others

Green gemstones are used to attract money, prosperity and wealth.  Green is the color of money.  The gemstones promote growth and fertility and promote balance, change and growth.  Examples of green gemstones are:

  • jade
  • emerald
  • moss agate
  • peridotgreen tourmaline

Shades of blue
Shades of blue | Source


Blue is the color of the sky, the ocean, sleep and twilight. A pure clear blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity, and spirituality. Blue is the calming color and is usually the color of choice for conservative people. The color turquoise is a combination of blue and green and is the color of communication. It is said to represent protection, health, confidence, and strength. Bring more blue into your life if you want:

  • solitude and peace
  • to open the flow of communication
  • calm and relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation
  • to broaden your perspective in learning new information

Blue gemstones are used to calm ragged emotions and to promote peace. They have been said to offer relief to people who have trouble sleeping or have nightmares. This gemstone also enhances the quality of communication and offer inspiration. Examples of blue gemstones are:

  • turquoise
  • blue quartz
  • lapis lazuli
  • sapphire ( mine rough)
  • blue lace agate

Shades of gray
Shades of gray | Source


Gray is the color of sorrow.  It is also considered the color of friendship.  It is the symbol for responsibility, security, maturity, conservative practicality and dependability.  This is the color of choice for the lone wold or narrow minded type of person.  It is the true neutral color and imparts emptiness, lack of movement, emotion and warmth.  It has a stabilizing when paired with a more vibrant color.Include more gray in your life if you want:

  • to feel detached and isolated
  • to emphasize your willingness to comply
  • a neutral, non-invasive felling
  • to reduce the intense energy of another color

Gray gemstone are healing stones and can help improve relationships.Examples of gray gemstones:

  • hematite
  • galena


Indigo background
Indigo background | Source


Indigo is the color of the deep midnight sky and symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom and spiritual realization.  Indigo increases personal thought, profound instincts, and instant understandings. Add some indigo to your life if you want:

  • to develop intuition
  • solitude and inner communication
  • to focus on personal issues
  • to step outside of everyday life for a new and interesting way of viewing a problem

The indigo gemstone opens the door to the subconscious.  It symbolizes the bridge between finite and infinite.  The indigo gemstone is used a guide to cosmic knowledge.  Examples of indigo gemstones are:

  • iolite
  • azurite

Shades of violet
Shades of violet | Source


Purple or violet is the color of good judgement.  It is the color of choice for people seeking spiritual fulfillment.  Violet symbolizes magic, mystery and , of course, royalty.  Violet is a combination of red and blue and believed to be the ideal color by artists.  It takes from the red, dynamic and active enery and allow more creativity to emerge.  It is associated with imagination and inspiration.  Allow more violet into you life if you want:

  • to re-balance your life
  • to remove obstacles
  • to use your imagination to its fullest
  • to calm overactivity or to energize from depression

The violet gemstones are associated with mysticism and purification.  The purple gemstone is used for meditation and to help sharpen psychic awareness and to increase imagination and inspiration.  Examples of violet gemstones are:

  • amethyst
  • sugilite
  • charoite
  • purpurite
  • fluorite

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White background | Source


White is the color of purity, and kindness.  It has purification vibrations and used to clear blocks from your path.  White is not really a color but a conglomeration of all colors.  It stands for truth, openness, completion and wholesomeness.  Include more white in your life if you want:

  • to start a fresh beginning
  • to bring about mental clarity
  • to clear clutter and obstacles away
  • purification of thoughts or actions

White gemstones are associated with sleep and psychic energy.  The white gemstones are used for protection after dark and to bring good fortune.  Examples of white gemstones are:

  • white opal
  • crystal quartz
  • opalite
  • white topaz
  • howlite


Shades of black
Shades of black | Source


In some cultures black symbolizes death.  According to Native American's  black is good because it is the color of soil.  Black is not a color, it is the absence of all color.  Black is related to fearful or bad experiences, along with being linked to the unknown or the unseen.Include more black in your life if you want:

  • to open the door for mystery
  • a restful emptiness
  • to become more inconspicuous
  • to prepare for the unknown

Black gemstones symbolize resilience and self control.  They are also believed to be used to create invisibility.  Examples of black gemstones are:

  • jet
  • black tourmaline
  • onyx
  • black kyanite
  • obsidian

© 2010 Susan Hazelton


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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic, your favorite color can tell a lot about you.

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Very cool hub, very interesting!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, I'm not a big fan of brown either. Actually I switch between purple, red and green for my favorite color, depending on the mood.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      8 years ago

      Very interesting. I love lots of colors but kind of dislike brown. I guess I just don't like orderliness! LOL Rated up and useful. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, I don't have an absolute favorite color either. I like several. However when push comes to shove I'd have to say if I had to pick one it would probably be purple. I'm not quite sure why.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Interesting hub about the different meaning of colors. I have several favorites so can't be pigeon-holed into just one personality type. I like red, hot pink, blue and green as my favorites.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Amy, Thank you for the vote up. I'm on my way to your hub to read about the diffferent known healing properties. I find that kind of thing fascinating.

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      9 years ago

      Voted up!! I just loved this I have a hub on gemstones and there known healing properties. I did not know the meaning of all the colors, but a few I did. Thanks for sharing this, it's inspiring and lovely too. A.B.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you salt. Thanks for stopping by.

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      9 years ago from australia

      Wonderful thanks!!!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, Rhelena. It's nice to hear from you agin. I appreciate the comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, sugz. I appreciate the wonderful feedback. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Rhelena profile image


      9 years ago

      This is a lot of good information on colors!

    • sugz profile image


      9 years ago from Quakeville... Christchurch, New Zealand

      great hub, good layout too

      well done :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      jasonycc, thanks for stopping by. I find myself wavering between colors sometimes. Purple usually is my favorite, red sometimes and green sometimes.

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      9 years ago from South East Asia

      I think I will go for red as my favourite. Chilli red maybe. This is good information to know... may help in decision making when choosing a color. Thank you.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Starry, thanks for your comment. I love color, a favorite color can tell you so much about a person. Thanks for dropping by.

      Always, Green is an interesting color - it's the color of money. I'm with you I love jade. Thanks for visiting and thanks for your comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Green is my favorite color, and i,ll have jade please.

      Interesting hub. Thank you.

      Love and Peace

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      9 years ago from Rocky Hill, CT

      Wow, that's a great hub. It's very interesting to think about the meaning of colors. Something you never really think about too often. Thanks for sharing!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks CM. I have always found color fascinating. Thankfs for visiting and thanks for your comment.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, it's nice to hear from you again. Colors are very important in my world. I happen to firmly believe in the psychology of colr. Thanks for your comment.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Tony. I work a lot with colors and when I started looking at the meaning of each one I couldn't stop myself. And voila! a new hub was born.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      A good summary of the symbolism of colors. It has been a long time since college and having to study color as psychology,and as art. psychology was on how we perceive color. In art and photography it was how to use color.

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      9 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting Hub on the different meanings of colours KoffeeKlatch gals, and you have chosen a lovely selection of gemstones and jewelry

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for putting together all this very interesting information about colours and the effects of the different colours. Enjoyed reading it and thinking about which colour might suit me best or which I like best! Still not sure!

      Love and peace



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