Ten standout colours that reflect hope and optimism during these trying times are dominating the fashion scene. In the gem and jewellery sector, dazzling coloured gems and fancy colour diamonds are likewise a source of light and positivity.
The Pantone Color Institute’s Fashion Colour Trend Report Spring/Summer 2021 edition for the London Fashion Week featured the top 10 outstanding colours in fashion during the season - Pirouette, Pickled Pepper, Purple Rose, Orange Ochre, Beach Glass, Marigold, Indigo Bunting, Lava Falls, Illuminating and Blue Atoll. The palette includes among others diaphanous pinks, brilliant blues and jovial yellows.
“A range of floral hues reflective of gardens in springtime awakens our spirit, reinvigorating our interest in colour that inspires feelings of much needed optimism. Colours that are flexible and can work year-round, colours that amalgamate our desire for comfort and relaxation with energy and determination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
In the gem and jewellery world, fancy sapphires are a constant wellspring of colourful inspiration for jewellery designers, with pinks, yellows and greens as the most sought-after hues. Rose quartz, exhibiting an enchanting pale pink to rosy red colour, meanwhile is gaining popularity for its symbolic association with love. The stone is mainly found in Brazil, Madagascar and China.
Reminiscent of mesmerising blue waters, aquamarine is another popular choice by designers and collectors. Some of the finest aquamarines are found in the legendary Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil.
Alluding to camaraderie and joy, yellow has always been viewed as an optimistic colour. Yellow gems likewise have a solid following in the trade. In August, Russian miner Alrosa uncovered a record-breaking 236-carat intense yellow-brown diamond in Russia while a heart-shaped necklace with a 27.02-carat brown-yellow diamond by Anna Hu sold for HK$2.25 million (US$291,773) at a Christie’s charity auction.