We mentioned that Pantone made its much-anticipated announcement that Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone Color Institute described it as “hearty yet stylish tone,” and that it “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” The color is definitely a departure from emeralds and orchids but rest assured that even Marsala provides a wide array of color tones and palettes for this rich, wine color.
So we started to diligence and understand how this color will play out in the gemstone and glass bead world and gemstone connoisseurs can rejoice. There is a wealth of gemstones in the color of Marsala. Below are just a few.
Most people associate the word “garnet” with a red gemstone but you will be surprised to learn that garnet occurs and contains many other colors. While gemologists use families of garnets I will use the trade names that most of are used to to describe the different variations.
The best-known garnet is the almandine or deep ruby garnet. These are perfect for the fall and winter and can even carry over into the summer. With the new pantone color, we think you will see a lot of this gemstone this year. It is a stone of physical love and relationships and ranges in color from light to deep scarlet, dark red, and muted shades of brown.
Another popular type is the pyrope garnet known for its blood red characteristics. Finally we wanted to show you another awesome variation called rhodolite garnets. Rhodolite is a pinkish or purplish garnet and its warm tones will still be a popular hit this season. While there are many other variations (including a green color!), we think these will be the most popular.
Garnet is the lesser expensive version of a ruby. Rubies will be hot this year and are fabulous with white or yellow gold! The color of Ruby ranges from bright red to dark reddish-brown with the most preferred color being a deep blood red with a slightly bluish hue (perfect for the color of the year). These darker rubies are known as Burmese or Pigeon’s Blood Ruby.
If you are looking for an economical version of a ruby you can also try colored or dyed jade. Check out these dyed jade rondelles – can you tell the difference? These rondelles are beautiful and will pass the eye test anytime!
Other gemstones include Spinel, Sunstone and my favorite Tourmaline. Tourmalines are gems with an incomparable variety of colors. The reason, according to an old Egyptian legend, is that the tourmaline, on its long journey up from the centre of the Earth, passed over a rainbow. In doing so, it assumed all the colors of the rainbow. And that is why it is still referred to as the ‘gemstone of the rainbow’ today. Included in this rainbow is a reddish, pink stone – making it a candidate for the color of the year.
And don’t forget jasper. This stone comes in so many variations that you will be sure to find one that matches the color tones and palettes of Marsala. So buy your beads on-line and get beading. And don’t forget to show us your creations and enter our ABeadStore Beaders and Bloggers Challenge.