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DID YOU KNOW THERE IS an easy way to brighten the look of the eyes without using a lot of eye makeup?  Try putting on gemstones – real or faux, they both work wonders!  Emeralds, for example, will bring out the brilliant beauty of green eyes, while amber or even citrine will give pizzazz to any brown-eyed damsel.  Tourmaline will add sparkle and intensity to blue eyes. 

     –Think we’re kidding?  Try it, with earrings or a necklace, and you’ll be amazed!


Color is always a fascinating subject and, when it comes to gemstones, what could be more intriguing?  Realize that most gemstones are pieces of attractive mineral, although some are rocks, like lapis lazuli (wow! try this with blue eyes!), or organic material like amber or jet.


                                               Ruby is Red


THE CLEARER AND MORE DEFINED a gemstone’s color is, the more valuable the stone.  In each case, the color we’re looking at is that part of the natural light spectrum that is not absorbed by the object.  So, a ruby is seen as red because it absorbs all the colors of natural light except red.


Many gemstones come in a variety of colors.  Sapphires, for example, run the gamut of many different hues, from blue to pink to yellow.  Diamonds are even more diverse, and are found in almost every color, from clear to black and in-between!


Beryl might well be called the chameleon of gemstones.  In its pure mineral state it is colorless.  With chromium impurities in its fissures, it becomes emerald.  With manganese, it is pink morganite.  And with iron, it is aquamarine!








  • Amethyst earrings that impart a light purple color will throw super-sophisticated

light rays on blue eyes.



                                Laboratory Stones Are Vivid


LABORATORY CREATED GEMSTONES often have more vivid and exciting color than natural gemstones because they are free of impurities that occur in nature.

   —But natural gemstones still cost more money, mainly because of their rarity!


Using gemstones to enhance eye color is a technique that dates back to ancient Egypt.   Of course, back then, there were only real stones…no laboratory foolers here.  So, only the very rich could afford such bejeweled cosmetic enhancement!  Now there are myriad laboratory stones to add light and intensity to anyone’s eyes!  Hollywood has long known about it.


The best way to match eyes and gemstones is to experiment, putting the stone close to the eyes and gauging the result.  But again, like all color sciences, this is not at all exact.  Not only do gems come in an infinite variety of colors, but eyes do, too!


In simple terms, eye color is made up of two genes, one from each parent.  Brown “swamps” or dominates over blue.  So if you get one brown and one blue gene, you’ll have brown eyes.  Two blue genes, you get blue eyes.  Ahhh…if it were just that simple!


                                        Light and Mystery


THERE IS SO MUCH WE DON’T KNOW about eye color, it is almost mind-boggling.  We don’t really know where green eyes come from, although we think they are blue eyes with an added overlay of yellow.  And hazel eyes….they can vary from brown to green with yellow included.  Wow! Grey eyes are really a total mystery, along with real lavender colored eyes, like Elizabeth Taylor’s.


What we do know, however, is that gemstones enhance eye color. Dramatically!  It’s not just the color of the gemstone at work here.  It is also (and perhaps mainly) the powerful light play that goes on at the same time.  Light to light.  Color to color.


Try showing off green eye with emerald-toned stones.  Or green tourmaline.  Jade will have a quieter but intense effect on green eyes, as well.


                                Black Eyes/Black Diamonds


AMBER OR NATURAL TOPAZ stones work wonders with brown eyes.  So do brown diamonds.  What about eyes so brown they look black?  Were there ever more beautiful eyes?  They need rare treatment, like black diamonds, real or man-made.  Spectacular! 


Blue eyes get us back into that whirlpool of complexity, because they can vary so greatly in color.  In most instances, lapis lazuli will work magic with blue eyes.  But those very special light, water blue eyes…they need a softer approach.  Try pale ocean colors of blue topaz or aquamarine for real color dynamics! 





  • Amber light rays radiate out from this contemporary long necklace set to compliment any eye color, especially brown.





  • Fashion jewelry in simulated quartz necklace – glass so well crafted only the wearer knows it isn’t the real thing!  And what this can do for lovely hazel eyes – just try it!  Add matching drop earrings for double duty brilliance!
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