Colored Stones And Color Trends: Your 2021 Guide

Colored Stones And Color Trends: Your 2021 Guide

Colored Stones

Here are the stones and hues your customers will be craving this spring, summer, and fall.


If it seems like we tell you that emeralds are hot every year, well…we do. “Humans have been fascinated by emeralds dating back to ancient times, when they were used as adornment but also cures for eye ailments,” says Hannah Becker, a GIA graduate gemologist and jewelry influencer perhaps better known as @diamondoodles. “The pure green to bluish-green color of emerald captures the beauty of the most lush and verdant nature in a way that is hard to replicate in other gemstones.” Yes, that beauty comes at a price, but remember: We’re talking about a gem that never goes out of style…and jewelry guaranteed to make anyone green with envy.

Lauren K Emerald earrings
Abstract 5.27 cts. t.w. emerald slice Mischa earrings with 0.66 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $8,130; Lauren K Fine Jewelry
Retrouvai emerald
Striped bezel charm in 14k gold with oval-shape emerald, $5,207; Retrouvaí
Sandy Leong Gemfields Studs
Earrings in recycled 18k yellow gold with 2.36 cts. t.w. Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 0.36 ct. t.w. diamonds, $14,400; Sandy Leong x Gemfields
Harwell Godfrey muzo emerald ring
Cleopatra’s Emerald cocktail ring in 18k yellow gold with emerald, diamonds, and black onyx inlay, $10,800; Harwell Godfrey
Jemma Wynne emerald clover
Prive large 4-Leaf clover pendant in 18k yellow gold with Zambian emerald center and diamonds, $11,130; Jemma Wynne
Tresor emerald diamond stud earring
Stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.25 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.04 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,400; Trésor Collection
Eden Presley Emerald Chains
Tears of Joy necklaces with 1.67 cts. t.w. emeralds and 1.67 cts. t.w. emeralds and 1.14 cts. t.w. diamonds, both in 14k gold, $2,200–$4,500; Eden Presley
Yael pear emerald ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 3.32 ct. pear-shape emerald and 0.31 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,103; Yael Designs
Sorellina baguette emerald hoops
Hoop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 1.77 cts. t.w. emerald baguettes and 0.17 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,200; Sorellina
Reinstein Ross emerald drops
One-of-a-kind earrings in 20k yellow gold with emeralds and pink sapphires, $6,800; Reinstein Ross



Apologies to Kate Middleton, but no one needs to see another dark blue sapphire engagement ring. Let’s lighten up a bit, shall we? “After the long and arduous year-plus of being isolated during the pandemic, it would not surprise me to see taste skew toward bold, bright, and exciting color as a method for infusing joy back into life,” says Becker. While we’re fans of almost any color sapphire (pink, orange, yellow), right now teal and blue-green are our—and many designers’—favorites. Bonus: They mix beautifully with fashion’s current go-to shade, the always refreshing mint.

Brent Neale teal sapphire gypsy
Gypsy ring in 18k yellow gold with no-heat grayish-bluish-green emerald-cut sapphire and hexagon diamond sides, $16,950; Brent Neale
Nicole Landaw bracelet
Montana Sapphire Story bracelet in 14k yellow gold, price on request; Nicole Landaw Jewelry
Parle montana sapphire earrings
Montana sapphire and diamond earrings in 14k yellow gold, $1,416; Parlé Jewelry Designs
Marrow teal cushion sapphire solitaire
Georgia solitaire ring with 3.07 ct. blue-green cushion-cut sapphire, price on request; Marrow Fine Jewelry
Elliot Gaskin montana sapphire hex ring
Teal sapphire hexagon ring in 18k yellow gold with 4.07 cts. t.w. ombré teal sapphires, $5,870; Elliot Gaskin
Sofia Kaman i deco dare you sapphire ring
I Deco Dare You engagement ring in recycled matte 14k yellow gold with 0.95 ct. inverted-set hexagonal Parti sapphire and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamond baguettes and brilliant-cut diamonds, price on request; Sofia Kaman
Mociun Trillion Cut Sapphire Cluster Earrings
Trillion-cut Sapphire Cluster earrings in 18k yellow gold with blue-green Montana sapphires, peach sapphires, and diamonds, $4,500; Mociun
Robin Haley montana sapphire rings
Montana sapphire triple stone ring, $13,114; wide Montana sapphire bands, $3,588 each; Robin Haley Jewelry
Robin Haley montana sapphire rings
Ceto Wide Band in satin-finished 14k Fairmined gold with peacock green oval sapphire, white sapphires, and lab-grown diamonds, $2,020; Valley Rose
Valerie Madison teal sapphires
Teal sapphire rings, $2,000–$5,500; Valerie Madison



Remember when millennial pink was the new It color? Well, peach is the new pink. As for gemstones, think morganite, peach sapphire, peach tourmaline, padparadscha sapphire, peach moonstone—we’re talking about anything ranging from a watercolor-style pastel hue to a juicy pinky-peach to a warm, autumnal shade. When pressed to pick her favorite peach gem, Becker names the “underappreciated” imperial topaz, which she says “comes in every hue from golden honey to deep cherry red and all of the peachy pink colors in between.”

Artistry morganite earrings
Earrings in 14k rose and white gold with 4.79 cts. t.w. pear-shape morganite and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,850; Artistry Ltd.
Selim peach tourmaline
Istanbul pendant in pink gold with 1 ct. peach tourmaline and 0.67 ct. t.w. diamonds, $5,190; Selim Mouzannar
Emily P Wheeler chubby ring
One-of-a-kind Chubby ring in 18k rose gold and sustainably sourced carved ebony with 4.24 ct. autumn tourmaline and 0.26 ct. t.w. yellow sapphire, $10,800; Emily P. Wheeler
Anye lennox pear morganite ring
Lennox Pear ring in 14k white gold with 4.4 ct. morganite, $1,525; Anye Designs
Calleija Kamala necklace
Kamala Padparadscha Sapphire Diamond necklace in white and rose gold with oval-cut padparadscha sapphires, round brilliant-cut Argyle pink diamonds, and round brilliant-cut white diamonds, price on request; Calleija
Nak Armstrong peach morganite peach tourmaline earrings
Window earrings in recycled 20k rose gold with peach morganite, peach tourmaline, green tourmaline, and Ethiopian opal, $8,500; Nak Armstrong
Jacquie Aiche Morganite
Large morganite trillion center opal inlay vortex necklace in yellow gold, price on request; Jacquie Aiche
Erica Courtney Mia Ring Morganite
Mia ring in 18k yellow gold with 11.36 ct. morganite and 1.26 cts. t.w. diamonds, $20,000; Erica Courtney
Anabela Chan Padparadscha Pin
Padparadscha Parrot Bloom pin in recycled rose aluminum and 18k gold vermeil with lab-grown 6.5 ct. trillion-cut padparadscha sapphire and 5.75 ct. pear-cut orange sapphire, £1,390 ($1,935); Anabela Chan



If you’re anything like us, when Pantone released its 2021 Colors of the Year—the cool, shadowy Ultimate Gray and the eye-poppingly optimistic Illuminating yellow—you reacted with a shrug. “As colors, neither of this year’s Pantone colors excite me,” agrees Becker, “but as gemstones I find them thrilling!” We’re listening. “Ultimate Gray when translated into moody, steely gray spinel or gray diamonds feels edgy and chic. Illuminating is the perfect example of the yellow hue in yellow beryl, aka heliodor.”

Hublot Watches pantone colors key image
Hublot gray limited-edition Big Bang Sang Bleu II with 45 mm high-tech ceramic case, self-winding chronograph, and rubber strap, $27,300; Hublot limited-edition Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic with 42 mm high-tech ceramic case, self-winding chronograph, and rubber strap, $26,200; Hublot
Nancy Newberg Double Pearls
Double strand of gray pearls with oxidized silver and diamond rondelles, $5,600; Nancy Newberg Jewelry
Nudo Obsidian Rings Pomellato
Petite, classic, and maxi-size Nudo Obsidian rings in 18k rose gold and titanium with obsidian and black diamonds, $3,000–$5,050; Pomellato
Lydia Courteille Black White Earrings
Earrings in 18k white gold with white crystal and white, black, and gray diamonds, price on request; Lydia Courteille
Bounkit rhodium plated ring
Clear quartz ring in black rhodium–plated brass, $195; Bounkit
Sydney Evan Two Tone Necklace
Two-Tone Gold & Pavé Diamond Link Necklace in black rhodium and white gold, $51,000; Sydney Evan
Grace Lee Yellow Sapphire ring
Vertical sapphire column ring in 14k white gold with cabochon-cut yellow sapphire, $2,588; Grace Lee
Bea Bongiasca Foxy single yellow earring
Foxy single earring in 9k yellow gold, silver, enamel, and drop-cut rock crystal, $590; Bea Bongiasca
Alison Lou Yellow Cuff
Neon Loucite cuff bracelet in clear Lucite and hand-painted enamel, $265; Alison Lou
Swarovski Lucent earrings
Single Lucent stud earring in yellow, $99; Swarovski
Ricardo Basta yellow beryl ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 8.48 ct. yellow beryl and 0.8 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,900; Ricardo Basta

Top: Ring in platinum and 18k rose gold with 5.01 ct. cushion-cut padparadscha sapphire, 2.51 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, and 0.18 ct. t.w. round brilliant diamonds, price on request; Omi Privé

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