Jewellery Lovers: Explore Pantone’s 2020 Colour Of The YearApril 04, 2020
Source: Vogue Uk and Eva’s Gems & Jewels
Do you know the colour of this year?
In December last year, Pantone announced its colour of the year for 2020: Classic Blue.
No need to fear the word “classic” in that, it might bring a fresh wind blowing away our eternal obsession with staple colours, such as beige and grey, to become a new classic.
As Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute explained at the time: “Colour expresses how we feel, and this particular blue captures our desire for calm, dependability, stability and constancy, as we are nervous about entering the next decade.”
Or, given the current Corona-circumstances, the next few months.
But when it comes to precious jewels, what high-quality blue gemstones come to mind?
It’s probably the blue sapphire that comes to mind first.
Source- Eva Gems & Jewels (evagemsandjewels.com)
I came across this stunning blue sapphire during my last trip to Bangkok. It’s sporadic and hard to find natural blue sapphire in this size, quality and cut. I set it in a bespoke ring which you can see on the right.
The stone traditionally symbolizes nobility, sincerity, truth and faithfulness and its striking blue is the standard against which all other blue gemstones (such as blue topaz or tanzanite) are measured.
While the global production and visibility of diamonds prove that diamonds aren’t rare at all (having a vast readily available stock to draw from), the rate of return of beautiful quality sapphires, even with the heavy mining in gem producing countries – is far less.
Good pure blue, ‘gem-quality’ sapphires over 2ct are rare and difficult to produce consistently.
The most mythical blue sapphires are the ‘Kashmir blue sapphires’, found in the remote Great Himalayan mountains of north-western India in the 1800s.
The stones from this historic origin were mostly of exceptional quality with a superb sleepy ‘cornflower blue’ colour. And when you add to that the fact the mine is exhausted since 1887, you can imagine the desire for these exquisite stones (which today mostly show up at international auctions and sell for exorbitant prices).
The other “classic blue” stone you need to know concerns a more recent discovery but no less stunning; Tanzanite.
Its newer, fresher, and dazzling violet-blue hue combines perfectly with after-work styles.
Tiffany’s named this blue-violet variety of zoisite in honour of Tanzania, where it was first unearthed in 1967 by a Masai tribesman who is said to have stumbled across some beautiful blue-violet crystals that grew from the earth.
An interesting fact is that tanzanite is considered approximately 1000 times rarer than most diamonds. It is produced commercially in one small area of Tanzania: the hills of Merelani in northern Tanzania close to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Source: Vogue UK and Eva Gems & Jewels
The vivid violet-blue of tanzanite can rival beautiful blue sapphire, making it a desirable gemstone and a chic substitute for the often more expensive blue sapphire.
These two rare blue gemstones fit perfectly into the – as Pressman said – “buy less, buy better” mindset, in that classic blue stands for timelessness and longevity.
As our collective environmental conscience shifts, we are gravitating towards colours that won’t be out of fashion any time soon.
A lot of the big and small luxury fashion brands followed suit by incorporating Classic Blue in their latest 2020 spring/summer collections like Chanel, Givenchy and Gucci and Dina Udupa; exerting a calming influence.
So why not add some sparkling cool blue to your style as well?
Eva Meijer of Eva Gems & Jewels travels the world to source the world’s finest, rare gemstones in contemporary colours. As a certified gemologist, gem dealer and jewellery designer, she helps unconventional jewellery customers who want to elevate their jewellery with fewer, but high-quality, wearable pieces. Take her quiz ‘discover your gem’ and instantly discover the perfect gemstone for you.