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A jeweller’s guide to 2016 Pantone spring trends

Described as transcending cultural and gender norms, Pantone’s spring colour forecast embraces man-made and natural beauty. So what does this mean for the jewellery industry?

Pantone spring 2016 colour report
Pantone spring 2016 colour report
Following the course of previous years, globally recognised colour specialist Pantone has again collaborated with fashion designers involved in New York Fashion Week and additional ‘influencers’ to select a colour spectrum that is expected to influence trends in the jewellery, fashion and other creative industries next season.

According to the colour authority, the spring 2016 palette draws on artistic inspiration from one’s need to escape to nature as well as the love for urban design. Aimed at representing the world inhabited by humans – both constructed and organic – designers have “sought to awaken a sense of reflection, followed by playful escapism”.

Commenting on the latest shades, Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said, “Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves…With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

Moving away from the retro, minimalistic 2015 spring palette, Pantone this year presents vibrant yet quiet and classic hues that are said to encompass all genders and walks of life. The palette celebrates all that is artistic and creative, drawing from artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Frank Stella, Esther Stewart and Sam Falls.

The top 10 colours for spring 2016

The soothing, calming nature of colours in the spring palette are led by Rose Quartz. Described as being akin to a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, this hue acts as a reminder to reflect on one’s surroundings during the busy but lighthearted warmer months.

Peach Echo emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

Weightless and airy, Serenity is said to comfort with a calming effect and provide people with a naturally connected sense of space.

A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue, falls within the navy family but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape.

Buttercup provides some warm vibrancy amongst the otherwise calm palette, while Limpet Shell is a shade of aqua that gives a sense of crisp clarity and freshness.

Lilac Gray offers neutral subtlety with its slight purple tint, adding a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.

Another neutral to join the league is Iced Coffee. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and refinement is said to create a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.

The strong and fiery, yellow-based red, Fiesta, provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.

Green Flash is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend that reportedly continues to inspire designers.

Pantone’s forecasts have provided insight into upcoming trends for more than 20 years. They can help jewellery retailers to predict the colours that will inspire designers and ultimately customers seeking on-trend jewellery pieces.

Check out Jeweller's inspiration boards below, which include Australian and New Zealand jewellery suppliers that are already embracing the spring colour palette. Click on the product to find out more information.


Rose Quartz

Nikki Lissoni
Nikki Lissoni
Pink Kimberley
Pink Kimberley

Source: Oracle Fox
Source: Oracle Fox
Photo: Irving Penn (1971)
Photo: Irving Penn (1971)
Source: rosieom.tumblr.com
Source: rosieom.tumblr.com

 


Serenity

Lola & Grace
Lola & Grace
Lola & Grace
Lola & Grace

Source: Bebe Bradley on flickr
Source: Bebe Bradley on flickr
Source: eBay
Source: eBay
Source: Tumblr
Source: Tumblr

 


Buttercup

Philip Stein
Philip Stein
Tresor Paris
Tresor Paris

Source: Mochafleur
Source: Mochafleur
Alexandre Vauthier Paris Fashion Week 2014
Alexandre Vauthier Paris Fashion Week 2014
Source: Mark Interrante (pinhole) on Flickr
Source: Mark Interrante (pinhole) on Flickr

 


Lilac Gray

Disney Couture
Disney Couture
Fabuleux Vous
Fabuleux Vous

Source: abundanceof.tumblr
Source: abundanceof.tumblr
Source: hairlavie.com
Source: hairlavie.com
Source: straightlinesquare.tumblr.com
Source: straightlinesquare.tumblr.com

 


Iced Coffee

Ice-Watch
Ice-Watch
Coeur de Lion
Coeur de Lion

Lookbook by Piece Apart
Lookbook by Piece Apart
Source: rowanmersh.com
Source: rowanmersh.com
Photo by Davi Sims, Vogue Paris Nov. 2006
Photo by Davi Sims, Vogue Paris Nov. 2006

 

 

Peach Echo

Ice-Watch
Ice-Watch
Gerrim
Gerrim

Source: JamieNelson
Source: JamieNelson
Source: Inspirationlane.tumblr.com
Source: Inspirationlane.tumblr.com
Source: Oracle Fox
Source: Oracle Fox

 


Snorkel Blue

Opals Australia
Opals Australia
Miglio Designer Jewellery
Miglio Designer Jewellery

Source: Harpers Bazaar
Source: Harpers Bazaar
Japanese indigo dyeing found on Facebook
Japanese indigo dyeing found on Facebook
Michel Widenius Photography
Michel Widenius Photography

 

 

Limpet Shell

Nikki Lissoni
Nikki Lissoni
Opals Australia
Opals Australia

Delpozo at New York Fashion Week 2015
Delpozo at New York Fashion Week 2015
Photo by Liv Friis Larsen
Photo by Liv Friis Larsen
Photo by Roy Macam
Photo by Roy Macam

 


Fiesta

Coeur de Lion
Coeur de Lion
Disney Couture
Disney Couture


'Marbelized' by Janet Little on flickr
Yolan Cris evening gown 2013-14
Yolan Cris evening gown 2013-14
Popsicles from thechicsite.com
Popsicles from thechicsite.com

 

 

Green Flash

Miglio Designer Jewellery
Miglio Designer Jewellery
Opals Australia
Opals Australia

Elle Greece February 2015
Elle Greece February 2015
Source: plascontrends.co.za
Source: plascontrends.co.za
Source: eyeshadowlipstick.com
Source: eyeshadowlipstick.com


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