Gemstones for Pantone's Fall 2013 Color Trends

19 Aug 2013

I love the release of Pantone's color palette for fashion each spring and fall. The fall 2013 Pantone fashion color report was recently published, and I was thrilled to see my Favorite Color of All Time in the list. I can only hope that means I'll start seeing more of it in clothes, accessories, and home décor--and therefore all around me this fall! It's not every day that your favorite color gets such fame, after all.

For those of you who make jewelry to sell or just like to be on trend, let's explore the gemstones that match up with each of Pantone's predicted hot colors for this fall. Remember that some stones, such as sapphire, garnet, tourmaline, agate, and jasper, come in so many colors, one of those stones is sure to come in just about any color you need. Here are some other specific ideas.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

  • Emerald: Well, this one goes without saying; emerald is Pantone's 2013 color of the year and I think most folks have a good idea of what emerald green looks like. But if emeralds aren't too your liking or your price range, there are other emerald-green gemstones to enjoy: tsavorite garnet, malachite, jadeite/jade, diopside, some fluorite, and apatite.
  • Mykonos blue is that rich blue color with just a hint of green--and that brings to mind a favorite gem of mine, indicolite. In the tourmaline family, indicolite is a dark blue stone with enough green to keep it from being blue or navy. That hint of green separates indicolite's pretty look from tanzanite and the common idea of a sapphire, though some sapphires do come in this color. Benitoite and hauyne are two pretty rare, fairly expensive stones that nearly match the Mykonos blue color. Kyanite, fluorite, and apatite are three good possibilities, while topaz and zircon come in ranges of this color, though they're rarely as intense. Lapis lazuli and sodalite are good, readily available blue options, but they don't have the hint of green in this color.
  • Linden green: There's just enough green in this color to make it green and not yellow or tan. Likewise, prasiolite has just enough green in it, as well. Peridot is another gem that could fulfill this shade in your fall jewelry.
  • Acai: The famous acai berry is getting its share of the news lately; no wonder it has turned up in color predictions now, too. Amethyst springs to mind for this color, of course--it's the most notorious of all purple gems--and some other readily available options include fluorite, scapolite, and spinel, as well as some iolite. You might find some sapphire in this color, too, but you might have to pay a good bit for it.
  • Samba is Pantone's name for my very favorite color of all time. It's red, but a blue red, not an orange red; it's the color of those small wild roses that grow on fences in the country, the color of juicy ripe raspberries, and the color of my toes when I get a pedi (thanks to OPI's Chick-flick Cherry polish). It has been my favorite color for years, so naturally the gemstones in this pretty red color come to mind easily: ruby, of course, this being a classic ruby-red color, but also red spinel and, most of all, beautiful rubellite, a raspberry-red tourmaline. If you like something even more uncommon, emerald's cousin in the beryl family, bixbite (red beryl), is also this lovely color. Garnets, such as almandine and sometimes pyrope garnets, can have this pretty light and bright red color, but most are darker and less blue-red than this hue.
  • Koi is, of course, orange, and the best-known orange gem is probably citrine--but only the richest citrines approach this color. For this shade of orange in a gemstone, you'll need to seek out hessonite or spessartite garnets, a fine orange sapphire, or an orange topaz, the shade sometimes referred to as Imperial topaz. Some orange coral, carnelian, and fire opal could fulfill this color as well.
  • Deep lichen green is barely green at all; it's a dark, mossy color that looks like gray with just a hint of green. Moldavite is just about exactly that color, but to find other gems that resemble this color, we're going to have to go opaque: jaspers and agates are so numerous and varied, they can fill almost any color requirement. Other opaque gems in this color include aventurine, nephrite, and maybe bloodstone.
  • Vivacious: I love that this pretty pink color has a name like Vivacious to describe it, because this color is just as much a feeling as it is a visual hue. Pantone calls this color "an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia." To be unruly and wild yourself, Vivacious gems you could use in your jewelry are different shades of the same ones in the Samba color range: spinel, rubellite, ruby, and bixbite, as well as some sapphires and tourmalines. Gem-quality rhodochrosite is a close match as well.
  • Turbulence is another color name that brings to mind real emotion and for which we're going to have to explore opaque gems like jasper and agate but also pyrite, hematite, and black coral. Dark freshwater or Tahitian pearls could be a match as well. This dark shade of gray is currently in favor with me; I just bought new dining room chairs this color and I find myself drawn to gray in fashion and home décor lately. It's not as harsh as black and not as hard to work with (in my opinion) as brown. In fact, rather than gemstones, you might fulfill this color in your jewelry-making designs with metals instead: darkened silver, steel, and gunmetal.
  • Carafe is the hardest for me to imagine in jewelry. I'm not a fan of brown or olive green--and this color is both of those to me. It's what I call a redhead's color--a color that I wouldn't dare wear but that looks stunning on a pale-skinned, green-eyed, vibrant red-haired person. So maybe for this one, you can considering using bright orange stones and use patinas to get your metals to this color. Smoky quartz is another option for including this color trend in your jewelry, as well as possibly kornerupine and maybe andalusite. There's bound to be some form of jasper and agate that would match, as well.

Here's Pantone's fall 2013 color palette for men--it's the same except for the beautiful Beaujolais.

Photo courtesy of Pantone.

There's no rule that says you have to use these gems or colors in your upcoming jewelry creations--but if you make jewelry to sell, you'll be a little ahead of the game when someone comes to your booth and says, "I need something to go with this shirt. . ."

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What do you think about Pantone's 2013 fall color palette? Will you consider it in your jewelry-making projects? Have I left out any stones to fulfill these colors? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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on 19 Aug 2013 7:23 AM

Love,love,love all the colors for fall especially turbulence!

Moi@5 wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 10:04 AM

These beautiful colours are in my stash and will be happily used.  Rich and vibrant!

LynneP@20 wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 11:30 AM

Thanks for this report--Well Done!  For the Carafe color--some of the creek jaspers come to mind--they have this color mixed with the deep reds or oranges in some cases--when I make a piece of jewelry with these jaspers it sells quickly right now :-)

LynneP@20 wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 11:30 AM

Thanks for this report--Well Done!  For the Carafe color--some of the creek jaspers come to mind--they have this color mixed with the deep reds or oranges in some cases--when I make a piece of jewelry with these jaspers it sells quickly right now :-)

ldriggs wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 1:10 PM

Great colors!  Is there a conversion chart for Pantone numbers to either Miyuki Delica or Toho beads?  

TammyJones wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 4:00 PM

Thank you for your comments! This was a fun piece to write. I'm always ready to look toward fall!

ldriggs, I'm not sure--I don't work with seed beads much but if there isn't such a thing, there should be! I bet the folks on our sister site,, would know.

Happy jewelry making!


Delane Cox wrote
on 19 Aug 2013 5:41 PM

Tammy,  Why are these colors differet to what Pantone has put out as the color forecast for Fall-Winter 2013-14?  Your colors are much more vivid and, actually, pretty.  Their list of colors are, well, like winter. Your colors LOOK like gems will go with them, even the Carafe and Turbulence, which show up in semi-precious stones like agates and jaspers. And, yes, I do usually pay attention to the fashion forecast colors, and try to slip in a few pieces of jewelry that will go with them. Thanks for passing along the colors for Fall-Winter.

TammyJones wrote
on 20 Aug 2013 12:03 PM

Hi Delane, thanks! Do you mean the colors in the photos look different? I'm not sure why--I got these photos directly from Pantone and haven't changed them in any way. If you click on each photo above, you'll be taken to the Pantone page that shows the same colors, and they look the same to me. Maybe I'm misunderstanding you?

on 21 Aug 2013 11:35 AM

Great info! This is one of those informative blogs that I'll file in my archives for future reference. Thanks!

KimberlyI@3 wrote
on 21 Aug 2013 12:07 PM

Prehnite is a great match for the Linden Green too ... If you sell jewelry online & have 'tags' for your items, you might consider using the Pantone color names for your tags. Thanks for the great article Tammy!

floozette wrote
on 22 Aug 2013 9:45 PM

Thank you for a fabulous exposition.  I know from nothing (almost) about gemstones and only use them  in embroidery, but I love your knowledge of stones, their colours in all their varieties, types and so on.  For example, who would have thought you can have an orange sapphire, she asks gazing down at her almost-black blue sapphire engagement ring?

For your next big outing, would it be too much to ask for a list of suppliers for all these goodies please?  Especially the ones who will ship outside the USA.

Thanks again.