Believe it or not, there is actually a “color of the year”. If you’ve ever worked with color in a professional capacity, you’ve probably heard of Pantone. The company is known for its Pantone Matching System, which was originally a system for providing color consistency for the print/textile industries. Their standardized color system is now used in a variety of applications. As you are probably aware, not all manufacturers use it – which is why that “red” blouse you bought today to go with last year’s “red” print skirt doesn’t match. Clearly, not all reds are created equally. In addition, you will always find at least one manufacturer who wants to come up with their own unique color name (eg, Red Hot Mama Chili Pepper Pink), making it impossible to find a match with any other manufacturer. Grrr!
The Pantone Color Institute(TM), which is part of the company that is dedicated to all things color, makes a prediction every year about what color will be the most popular for the year. Apparently, there is a science behind it, as opposed to just throwing a dart at a board or pulling it out of thin air. Who knew? The Institute also actually studies the influence of color on human thoughts and behavior. For instance, most of us associate the color red with power and blue with tranquility. Speaking of tranquility, this year’s color is Classic Blue (19-4052). According to Pantone: “Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”
Classic Blue is a color that looks great on its own or paired with other complimentary or contrasting colors. The versatility of the color ensures it will look fantastic with almost any outfit in your wardrobe! When it comes to matching gemstones, sapphires and lapis lazuli are going to come the closest to Classic Blue. Various beads and other materials in “classic blue” can also be incorporated into jewelry to make the perfect accessory. Your jewelry can either use “classic blue” as the predominate color or as an accent, whichever suits your mood.
Check out our jewelry collections to find a variety of options to keep you stylin’ in blue this year!