Signs that spring has definitely sprung: The sun is setting later, flowers are blooming all over and color authority Pantone has announced the 10 shades that are on-trend this season.
Spring’s hot hues are influenced by nature and the art world, and reflect a cultural desire to disconnect from technology and unwind. “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Below, discover Pantone’s poetically named, beautifully seasonal color trends in the form of vibrant gemstone engagement rings and jewelry:
A tranquil sky blue, the Pantone hue Serenity resembles the aquamarine, which is also the March birthstone. This calming color can be seen in our collections of vintage aquamarine rings and aquamarine engagement rings such as the Aquamarine Waverly Ring, which features a halo of micro-pavé diamonds.
A light coral/orange combo that calls to mind the juicy flesh of a ripe peach, this color finds its gemstone equivalent in the peach imperial topaz at the center of the 1950s Tarian Ring. This optimistic hue can also be found in certain peach sapphires.
Like the burst of green that can sometimes be glimpsed as the sun sets over the ocean, Green Flash is a dazzling light green that exhibits nature’s brilliance and mystery. You can wear this striking hue in the form of Peridot Stud Earrings.
Reminiscent of the azure waters below the surface of a tropical bay, Snorkel Blue is the color of vibrant and sparkling sapphires, like the bezel set round beauties in the Quintessa Sapphire and Diamond Ring and our collection of sapphire engagement rings.
This clear, bright yellow captures the optimism of spring flowers blooming after a long winter, and the rich sunny hue of yellow sapphires or a golden beryl like the oval one at the center of the 1950s Song Ring.
A versatile neutral hue with pretty, feminine undertones, Lilac Gray appears in the lustrous beauty of black pearls, such as seen in the Tahitian Pearl Pendant.
Named for the brilliant blue found on the inner shells of tiny sea creatures, Limpet Shell finds its gemstone equivalent in bright turquoise. With its mix of turquoise and seed pearls set in rose gold, the Victorian Marilou Ring faintly resembles a natural treasure from the sea.
Rich brown shot through with silky cream, the color Pantone has dubbed Iced Coffee combines the strength of the dark caffeinated drink with a pretty softness. A fancy brown diamond like the marquise-shaped one at the center of the Fiera Ring captures the feel of this on-trend spring hue.
Pantone calls this vivid red with yellow undertones a “harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales.” While the other colors in the spring palette strike notes of sweetness and tranquility, fiery Fiesta (as seen in the vintage ruby Remedios Ring, above) offers an alternative for those who prefer bold hues.
One of two colors that Pantone has previously deemed “the” hues of 2016 (Serenity is the other), Rose Quartz is a quintessential spring shade. The pink tourmaline in the Edwardian-era Laurie Ring captures the hue that Pantone compares to “a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower.”