2016 Pantone Color of the Year Awarded to 2 Hues

Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz 2016 Pantone Color of the YearEvery year, Pantone, a company that consults on color for a variety of industries, tracks worldwide trends – from films to fashions, Twitter to travel destinations – in order to crown a new shade the “Color of the Year.” For the first time in Pantone’s 50-yeat history, the “world’s leading color authority” has selected two colors for 2016: Rose Quartz, a pale shade of pink, and Serenity, a pastel blue.

Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity Swatches
Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

In her announcement of the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity as “a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.” When used together, the 2016 colors demonstrate “an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Think Pink and Blue Jewelry

What are the implications of Pantone’s color picks for the world of jewelry? Only time will tell. While the combination of pink and blue gemstones has long been a favorite of fine jewelry designers (think pink and blue diamonds or pink and blue sapphires mounted side by side), it is a more recent phenomenon in the fashion jewelry arena.

However, ready-to-wear designers at the Spring 2016 shows demonstrated a propensity for pinks and blues in tandem, and for both genders. Judging by the parade of pastels they sent down the runways, we should expect to see costume jewelry makers embracing Pantone’s new Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue duo by spring.

Pantone’s dual selection for 2016 Color of the Year reflects a broader agenda than in years past, one that promotes diversity and gender equality.

Past selections for Color of the Year include: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015) PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014) PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013) PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012) PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)

September 2015 Cover of Harpers Bazaar


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