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Use the colors of awareness in your jewelry designs to support a cause or issue that's important to you. Many groups have adopted colored ribbons as symbols of support, such as the popular pink ribbon for the fight against breast cancer. However, some colors, such as turquoise and orange, have less common meanings, and many other colors represent multiple causes.

Here's an easy guide to deciphering the meaning behind the colors of awareness ribbons with product suggestions for you to design your own awareness jewelry using SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS.


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Black represents:
  • Amish Support
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Gang Prevention
  • Gun Control
  • Melanoma
  • Mourning
  • Narcolepsy
  • POW/MIA (alternative color: Yellow)
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Students for Gun Control
  • Trauma
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Black.



Black and Blue represent:
  • Loss of a Brother
  • Loss of a Male Child
  • Anti-Terrorism
  • Mourning a Brother
  • Mourning a Son
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Black and Blue.



Black and Pink represent:
  • Loss of a Female Child
  • Loss of a Sister
  • Mourning a Daughter
  • Mourning a Sister
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Black and Pink.



Black and White represents:
  • Rare Disease
  • Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor
  • Ehler-Danlos Syndrome
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Black and White.



Blue represents:
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Alopecia
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crime Victim's Rights
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Drowning
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dystonia
  • Education
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Free Speech
  • Guillian Barre Syndrome
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hurricane
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Histiocytosis
  • Ichthyosis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Leukodystrophies
  • ME/CFIDS
  • Myositis
  • Police Lost in Duty
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Reye's Syndrome
  • Save the Music in Our Schools
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Steven Johnson Syndrome
  • Teens Against Smoking
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC)
  • Victim's Rights
  • Water Quality
  • Water Safety
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Blue.



Light Blue represents:
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Addison's Disease
  • Alopecia
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries
  • Behcets Disease
  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Illness
  • Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Crime Victim's Rights
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • DiGeorge Sequence
  • Drowning
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dystonia
  • Education
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Erb's Palsy
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Free Speech
  • Graves Disease
  • Guillian Barre Syndrome
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hurricane
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Hyperaldosteronism
  • Histiocytosis
  • Ichthyosis
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Klinefelter's Syndrome
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Leukodystrophies
  • Lymphedema
  • Men's Health
  • ME/CFIDS
  • Myositis
  • Police Lost in Duty
  • Pro Choice
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Reye's Syndrome
  • Save the Music in Our Schools
  • Scleroderma
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Shprintzen Syndrome
  • Spay / Neuter Pets
  • Steven Johnson Syndrome
  • Teens Against Smoking
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Trisomy 18
  • Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome
  • Victim's Rights
  • Water Quality
  • Water Safety
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Light Blue.



Blue and Green represents:
  • Children's Neurobiological Solutions (CNS)
  • CMV (Cytomegalovirus)
  • Intracranial Hypertension
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Blue and Green.



Blue and Yellow represents:
  • Designated Drivers
  • Down Syndrome
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Blue and Yellow.



Blue, Yellow and Pink represents:
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Awareness
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Blue, Yellow and Pink.



Burgundy represents:
  • Adhesions
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome
  • AV Malformation
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Cesareans
  • Cystic Hygroma
  • Disabled Adults
  • Factor V Leiden
  • Headaches
  • Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation
  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis
  • Hospice Care
  • Hughes Syndrome
  • Lymphatic Malformation
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • PHACE Syndrome
  • Post-Polio Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Thrombophilia
  • Williams Syndrome
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Burgundy.



Burgundy and Ivory represents:
  • Oral Cancer
  • Head Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Burgundy and Ivory.



Brown represents:
  • Anti-Tobacco
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Familial Polyposis
  • Tobacco Awareness
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Brown.



Gold represents:
  • Breast Feeding
  • Childhood Cancer (alternative colors are pink and light blue)
  • COPD
  • Embryonal Rhabdomysarcoma
  • Pediatric Cancer
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Gold.



Grey represents:
  • Allergies
  • Alpha-1
  • Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Aphasia
  • Asthma
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Illness
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Grey.



Green represents:
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bone Marrow Donation
  • Celiac Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Childhood Depression
  • Depression
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Eye Injury Prevention
  • Fanconi's Syndrome
  • Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva
  • Freedom
  • Glaucoma
  • Growth and Rebuilding
  • Homeopathy
  • Kidney Disease
  • Kidney Donation
  • Leukemia
  • Literacy
  • Living Organ Donation
  • Manic Depression
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Illness
  • Missing Children
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Open Records for Adoptees
  • Organ Donation
  • Organ Transplant
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Safety Driving
  • Save Darfur
  • Spinal Cord Injuury Research
  • Stem Cell Donor
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Tissue Donation
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Von Hippel Lindau
  • Worker Safety
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Green.



Lime Green represents:
  • Lymphoma
  • Lyme Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Ivemark Syndrome
  • Sandhoff Disease
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Lime Green.



Orange represents:
  • Agent Orange effects
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Cat Spaying and Neutering
  • Hunger
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus
  • Melanoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Racial Tolerance
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Self-Injury Awareness
  • Animal Protection
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Orange.



Orchid (Purple) and Orange represents:
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Orchid and Orange.



Peach represents:
  • Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma
  • Uterine Cancer
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Peach.



Pearl represents:
  • Lung Cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Mesothelioma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Pearl.



Periwinkle represents:
  • Eating Disorders
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Esophageal or Stomach Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Spastic Colon
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Periwinkle.



Pink represents:
  • Birth Parents
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cleft Palate
  • Nursing Mothers
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Pink.



Pink and Blue represent:
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy Loss
  • Loss of an Infant
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Male Breast Cancer
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Pink and Blue.



Pinstripe represents:
  • Amytrophic Lateral Scierosis
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Blue and White.



Purple represents:
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Animal Abuse
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Lupus
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer (purple/pink/teal)
  • Victims of 9/11 (Including Police and Firefighters)
  • Wildland Firefighters
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Purple.



Light Purple/Violet represents:
  • General Cancer Awareness
  • Epilepsy
  • Foster Care or Foster Parents
  • Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis
  • Rett Syndrome
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Light Purple.



Purple/Green/Teal represents:
  • Medullary Sponge Kidney
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Purple, Green and Teal.



Puzzle represents:
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism
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Rainbow represents:
  • Gay Pride
  • Same Sex Marriage


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Red represents:
  • AIDS and HIV
  • Alcohol Awareness
  • Blood Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Courage and Inspiration
  • DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
  • Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
  • DUI (Driving under the Influence)
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • Evans Syndrome
  • Factor XI Deficiency
  • Heart Disease
  • Hemophilia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Long QT Syndrome
  • T Sydrome
  • Love
  • Lymphoma (alternative color: lime green)
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers)
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Project Red Flag
  • Stroke
  • Substance Abuse
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Tuberculosis
  • Vasculitis Disease
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Red.



Red and Yellow represents:
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/HCV Co-Infection
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Red and Yellow.



Red, White and Blue represents:
  • Patriotism
  • 9/11 Heroes
  • Support of our Troops
  • Fireworks Safety
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Red, White and Blue.



Silver represents:
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Mental Illnesses such as
    • Severe Depression
    • Bipolar Disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Anxiety Disorders
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Cortical Visual Impairment
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Silver.



Teal represents:
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anti-Bullying Awareness
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Batten Disease
  • Cancers Types including:
    • Cervical
    • Ovarian
    • Uterine
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Ectodermal Dysphasia
  • Food Allergies
  • Fragile X
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Panic Disorder
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Rape
  • Sexual Assault
  • Substance Abuse
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Tsunami Victims
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Teal.



White represents:
  • Adoptee
  • Adoption
  • Anti-Child Pornography
  • Anti-Pornography
  • Anti-Stalking
  • Anti-War
  • Blindness
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disease
  • Child Exploitation
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Community Support
  • Congenital Cataracts
  • Elderly Affairs
  • Hernia
  • Holocaust Remembrance
  • Hope and Support
  • Innocence
  • Multiple Hereditary Exostoses (MHE)
  • Molestation Survivor
  • On-Line Sexual Predator Awareness
  • Opposition to the War
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peace
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Right to Life
  • Safe Motherhood
  • Salvation Army
  • Scoliosis
  • Student Sexual Assault
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Victims of Terrorism
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in White.



Yellow represents:
  • Adoptive Parents
  • Amber Alerts (Missing Children)
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • General Symbol for Hope
  • Deployed Military
  • POW/MIA (alternative color is black)
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hydrocephalus
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Yellow.



Yellow and Paws represents:
  • Pet Cancer Awareness
Design with Swarovski Crystal colors in Yellow.

Customer Comments

We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the Awareness Ribbons: Color and Cause Guide as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

Due to overwhelming feedback from our customers, we are currently adding information and updating the Awareness Ribbons: Color and Cause Guide. There are so many important causes that need to be recognized and we appreciate your feedback and additions. Please continue to let us know if you find any omissions or errors.

''The 'Awareness Ribbon - Color and Cause Guide' is simply the best! Now I have a one-stop reference guide to create awareness bracelets for myself and others. Thank you for this wonderful resource."
- Judith

"Great resource. I make and sell a lot of awareness jewelry and will use this."
- Marsha

"Hi! On the Awareness ribbons color and cause guide, a yellow ribbon also stands for deployed military. I am the wife of a United States Air Force member and we use the yellow ribbons when our spouses are deployed to war.

Thank you."
- Naomi

"Thank you so much for the Awareness Ribbons Color and Cause Guide. My son is recently diagnosed with Crohn's, and this chart will help with my search for the appropriate colors for beaded bracelets."
- Nancy

"Hi,

The awareness chart was great, thank you for having it. It would have been better in PDF form though so I could save it rather than print it out.

Thank you"
- Suzy

"Your info on the color of the ribbons is really great. Good for fund raising. Please add colors if you learn of any new ones.

Thanks,"
- Norma

"I opened today's e-mail excited about your new awareness ribbon beads and the link to meanings, excited to order some for the group that suffers from Vasculitis Disease. Sadly you have not listed Vasculitis (Wegener's Granulomatosis is what my sister suffers) under the red ribbon section. I hope that you will consider adding it as hundreds of thousands of people suffer this debilitating disease world-wide.

www.vasculitisfoundation.org

Thank you"
- Minda

"THANK YOU for pulling all the awareness ribbon color information together in one place!! I've often wanted to design a piece for a friend or family member dealing with a specific situation but wasn't sure what color was representative of the condition. I appreciate the way you always make jewelry making easier!!"
- Jyl

"Hey this was fabulous ... very inspiring indeed ..."
- Rashmiduttani

"You asked for feedback on the ribbon color guide. It's FANTASTIC!!!! It's because of handy guides like this and similar that I keep a folder of "Fire Mountain Reference." I'm the opposite of a packrat--I throw almost everything away. But not your stuff. I can't tell you how helpful this guide is, because I DO make cause bracelets, usually at the request of a customer. I never know what color to use (besides pink, of course) and usually the customer doesn't either. I just can't thank you enough for the time and effort it took to put this guide together--and for offering it free of charge. There are plenty of places that might OFFER it, but would do so for a price. You guys are the best!"
- Karen

"Those of us with Lyme disease have long been using the green ribbon to indicate Lyme. I wonder if you'll hear from others."
- Paula

"Thank you so much for the Color and Cause Guide. My granddaughter (who is the light of my life) was just diagnosed with AML and is already on her treatments. I wanted to make bracelets to raise some money but wasn't really sure what color besides orange. With your help now, I can start making my bracelets. Thank you so much."
- Regina

"Oh my goodness, there are a lot of ribbons and causes. We should all be wearing a chestful! Thank you for that comprehensive list; I've never seen one like it before. It's a great reference tool!"
- Lisa

"Thank you for the ribbon chart. I had no idea so many causes are represented by ribbons and that one color may stand for many causes. I love the puzzle one for autism--so fitting. I feel I need a multi-color ribbon to represent all my issues!

I love getting your newsletters and flyers, though I'm not always able to purchase. Thank you."
- Donna

"How wonderful that someone finally thought to put all those "colored ribbons" together and give us the insight about what each of them symbolizes ... just the greatest!!!

Mahalo!!! (Thank you from Hawaii!!!!!)"
- Jenny

"I want to express my appreciation for your "Ribbon Color Chart". I have seen several ribbon color charts, but this one was the most thorough and the most comprehensive, I have EVER seen. I do a lot of making and sending of angels to people in need of a little extra support. Those dealing with cancer, I have special angels holding a ribbon. Now, I know I can use the correct color! I can also add a beaded edge to it if I wish. So thank you so very much!"
- CharliAnn

"Love the Awareness Ribbon Color Guide! Printed it out for quick reference. Would you please, please put a FaceBook link for it so that I can share it? As a disabled adult with NFII, I know many ppl who would love to be able to know this information and are not yet familiar with you, but need to be. Thank you so much."
- Marilyn

"When will you have the actual "ribbon" design for mental illness" the upside down ribbon that looks like a tear drop?? it is beautiful and most significant to those over 300,000,000 million (represents only those being treated double that number to have close to the actual number that suffer without treatment). can you possibly look into this and make these available they are usually done in silver and blue."
- Lisa

"I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate the fact that you included Male Breast Cancer Awareness and the pink and blue ribbon! We have been working for 5-1/2 years to bring recognition to this rare disease and your company is one of the first to include MBC."
- Cathy

"What a fabulous idea to include the Awareness Ribbons guide! Kudos to you!! I'd like to add a cause to your list--orange ribbons also represent prevention of cruelty to animals. Thank you so very much!"
- Gary

"Thank you so much for the most comprehensive resource on awareness ribbons I have ever seen. You guys are the best and need to be congratulated on your outstanding customer service! Well Done!"
- Lorraine

"This is a great resource to make a loved one a bracelet, pendant, or pin. My sister is still morning the loss of her son 20 years ago. She has a multitude of health problems as well. I want to do something really nice for her. Thanks,"
- Nancy


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