With summer winding to a close, it’s time to start thinking about the 2019 holiday season. Yes, we said it: the holiday season is approaching quickly, and with it comes the holiday trends. Whether it’s the deep reds and oranges of fall, or the icy blues of winter, the upcoming seasons promise to bring an abundance of color and beauty, especially when it comes to the hottest gemstone trends.
The Color of the Year: Living Coral
According to the annual Pantone Color Institute’s Color of the Year announcement earlier this year, 2019’s hottest color was declared “Living Coral.” The who’s who of the color matching world is charged with announcing the biggest color trends each year and this year’s color was determined to be the deep coral hue.
Described as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge,” by Pantone.com, the beautifully soft orange has a mesmerizing gemstone match: the padparadscha sapphire. Known as the rarest form of sapphire, it’s no wonder this gem is so highly coveted.
Since these beauties can be a bit hard to come by, rest assured, there are plenty of other gemstones offering the same beautiful coral tones. Try pieces including orange sapphires, spessartite garnets, orange tourmaline, or orange zircon for a more budget-friendly and readily available option. No matter which option you choose, the vibrant coral hues will be sure to compliment the deep colors of the changing seasons.
The Color of All Colors: The Opal
It’s hard to match the spectacular color displays of fall, but if any gemstone could compare, it would be opals. With their rainbow of mesmerizing color, opals have actually been trending for the past two years and show little sign of slowing down. In fact, experts have listed them as one of the hottest gemstone trends again this holiday season.
The color spectrums present in opals are unlike any other gemstone available, making them the perfect choice this season. Opals are primarily marketed as the creamy white gems with iridescent rainbow swirls throughout, but they are actually available in other colors as well. In fact, if you’re hooked on the color of the year, living coral, there are pink opals available that are on par with the latest trend.
The Icy Hues of Winter: The Aquamarine
As the year winds down and fall gives way to cooler temperatures and the pristine glow of the first snowfalls of winter, what better way to embrace the season than with the icy blues of an aquamarine? The beautiful pale blue gemstones have long been a favorite (especially for those born in the month of March), but they’ve recently gained a boost in popularity thanks to a certain royal family member.
When actress Meghan Markle sported an aquamarine cocktail ring as her “something blue” item for her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, aquamarine sales went through the roof. Of course, it helped that the famed ring once belonged to the beloved Princess Diana, but aquamarine’s have been trending ever since and are one of the top three gemstone gift trends for the 2019 holiday season.