Pantone has announced their 2019 color of the year as Living Coral, described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” We’re always excited for the color of the year and Living Coral is a vibrant and fresh start to 2019!
According the official Pantone site, “Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind.”
The same could be said for many rare gemstones that represent this mellow pinkish-orange range including; padparadscha sapphire, spinel, tourmaline, imperial topaz and Malayan garnet. Rose gold is also a great compliment as it nearly matches the nurturing color of Living Coral. Read on for ideas on how you can express yourself or compliment your existing wardrobe with the color of the year!
Padparadscha sapphire has a uniquely soft orange-pink tone which sparkles like no other gemstone you’ve seen. This striking gem is a special member of the corundum family featuring a delicate, pastel color, which is best defined as a blend between pink and orange, very similar to Living Coral’s color. In fact its name translates from Sanskrit to “color of the lotus blossom”, another striking organism whose colors mesmerize like Living Coral.
Tourmaline is a gemstone that comes in a seemingly endless variety of shades and colors and in fact can occur in almost every hue. Many peach and pink tourmalines display a hue similar to Living Coral as seen in these beautiful rose gold rings.
Spinel is coveted by collectors and gemologists for its range of hues and spectacular optical properties. Recognized and prized for its hardness, brilliance, spinel comes in many hues and can be a great representation of the Color of the Year, particularly the bold hues of the pinkish Mahenge spinels found in Tanzania.
Imperial topaz and garnet are gemstones that also possess the vibrant and unique tone of Living Coral. Imperial Topaz was discovered in the early 18th century, topaz from Ouro Prêto in Brazil remains today’s largest and preeminent source for both precious and imperial topaz. Colors are said to range like those of the setting sun; found in yellows, pinks, reds, lavender-pinks and peach-pinks. Considered a true collector’s stone, large sized stones are incredibly rare.
Malaya garnet has been a hallmark gemstone for gem collectors due to its rarity. A hybrid of two gem groups, Malaya garnet group is classified as “pyrope-almandine.” Pyrope garnets are predominantly red, while spessartines are orange. Most Malayas exhibit an equal part of pyrope and spessartine in their chemical compositions, which is what contributes to its rare coral color.
Living Coral feels like a fresh and vibrant hue to kick off the New Year and escape the greys of winter and it will definitely energize your current wardrobe!