Duality in Color?


At the beginning of each year I take a good look at the colors selected by Pantone (a company noted for standardizing the use of color in printing) and ponder how it may affect my jewelry designs for the new season.

Pantone colors for 2016                 Kathleen Lynagh Designs

This year, two of the colors selected took me by surprise. Designing with soft subtle shades has never been my forte. But I found it interesting that they were selected to represent 2016 Color of the Year. With all the commotion we have in life do we need these soft subtle colors to help us find balance? Do these colors represent a hopeful mood for the up and coming election year? What does color really mean to us? Can color have a duality in meaning?

According to Pantone’s website colors do have meaning:

What is the Pantone color of the year? A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude. y above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”  For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky.


“Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.” 


Personally, in the past, I saw these colors as representing gender; blue for boys, pink for girls. But now I can see them in a new light, colors have meaning for me. I plan to use them in 2016.


Here are a few beautiful designs highlighting the new shades, found on the Jewelry Editor


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    1. Thank you. I think the artists that used these colors truly captured their meaning in their pieces. Writing about this has inspired me to change my view on these shades. I only thought of them as gender specific baby colors. I think I was wrong.

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