The Color Grey
When designing with grey, it’s important to be aware that it’s often associated with melancholy and indifference. The color grey is commonly linked to dullness (grey day, grey mood) and uncertainty (grey area). Despite it’s distinctive subtle beauty, it’s a color that’s often said to be “colorless.”
Grey was worn by Franciscan monks and other religious orders to symbolize their vows of self-denial and renunciation. Warships are painted “battleship grey” because it makes them less visible from a distance. For the same reason it was often used for military uniforms.
Always grey (dark): Hematite, Marcasite
Sometimes grey: Agate*, Howlite*, Labradorite*, Moonstone*, Mother of Pearl*, Quartz, Spinel, Star Sapphire
Smoky Quartz is a blend of grey and brown, which sounds awful but is actually quite lovely. Some grey stones may be found among the darker shades of white gems, or dull hues of blue gems. Pearls may be dyed grey.
* may be variegated