Gems for Pantone Colors Spring/Summer 2015

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When Pantone announces its colors for the year and season, the fashion world takes notice. So does the jewelry industry.

We looked for interesting gems that matched Pantone’s Color of the Year (Marsala) and the other gemstones in the Spring/Summer family. We also went a step further and followed Pantone’s lead by identifying gems that “pair well with” the primary colors of choice.

We’ve done the research. Now get ready to use our finds in your gemological work and jewelry creations.


Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, 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.” Gem connoisseur can rejoice. There is a wealth of gems that mirror Marsala.

Red Tourmaline

Scuba Blue

One of Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2015 colors is Scuba Blue – which “offers a feeling of escape that is reminiscent of a tropical ocean.” It is a soothing hue that conjures lazy days spent on secluded beaches. We dove into gemological waters to find matching gemstones.

Scuba Blue Tourmaline

Lucite Green

Fresh…cool….clarifying – that’s how Pantone describes Lucite Green. It’s a paler shade of green that’s soothing to the spirit. Chrysoprase, tourmaline, and tsavorite are some gemstones that capture this gentler hue.

Pantone Lucite Green Gallery

Classic Blue

Called the “anchor of the Spring/Summer 2015 palette,” Classic Blue is said by Pantone to create calmness and to evoke the sea. A number of gemstones mirror the colors of the ocean. Sapphire is a familiar one; benitoite and apatite are two less-familiar ones.

Kashmiri Sapphire


Pantone says Tangerine is “spontaneous,” “energizing” and “friendly.” The gem world is filled with beautiful options that fit the description. These stunning stones make for colorful center stones in statement pieces. 

Now that you know some of the gems that match up with the Pantone 2015 Spring and Summer colors, you can create and sell matching jewelry with greater confidence. As the days shorten, look for GIA to provide suggestions to Pantone’s Fall and Winter colors.