Ring in the New Year with Marsala – Color of the Year

Pantone just made its much-anticipated announcement: Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, Pantone Color Institute described it as “hearty yet stylish tone,” and that it “embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

Gem connoisseurs can rejoice. There is a wealth of gems in the color of Marsala: garnet, spinel, sunstone, tourmaline, and jasper. We share some beautiful examples.

Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin Collection.

This 20.15 ct cushion cut tourmaline from Brazil seems to perfectly match Marsala. Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin Collection.

Red spinel and diamond ring

A 3.16 ct red spinel and diamond ring set in 18k white gold. Coutesy of K.K.G.I. Inc. Los Angeles

A 7.407 ct oval cut rubellite tourmaline from Madagascar has a beautiful purplish red color. Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin Collection.

A 7.407 ct oval cut rubellite tourmaline from Madagascar has a beautiful purplish red color. Courtesy of the Dr. Eduard J. Gübelin Collection.

The 20 ct faceted sunstone in this pendant comes from India, and has the rich hues of Marsala. Courtesy of Anil B. Dholakia Inc. Courtesy of Anil B. Dholakia Inc.

The 20 ct faceted sunstone in this pendant comes from India, and has the rich hues of Marsala. Courtesy of Anil B. Dholakia Inc. Courtesy of Anil B. Dholakia Inc.

A 3.38 ct oval cut natural spinel from Burma captures a livelier aspect of Marsala. Courtesy of Roland Schluessel.

A 3.38 ct oval cut natural spinel from Burma captures a livelier aspect of Marsala. Courtesy of Roland Schluessel.

Marsala is a rich color that gives an earthy elegance to the wearer. Just as attractive, many gemstones capture this trendy hue, so you’ll have lots of options.

Curious about the rest of the Pantone colors for spring? We’ve picked gemstones for them, too.

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