Honeysuckle Rose: Pantone Picks Its 2011 Color

It energizes, lifts spirits, and builds confidence, but
we’re not talking about Red Bull or Wellbutrin; we’re talking about honeysuckle—the color, not the plant.


According to Pantone, the global authority on color and
provider of professional color standards for the design industries, Pantone
color No. 18-2120 honeysuckle is the color of 2011

Like turquoise—or No. 15-5519 in 2010—Pantone’s signature
color each year helps define design trends. Expect to see the hue in
paint, clothes, cosmetics, housewares, and more…including jewelry.

Nature provides plenty of honeysuckle-like options in fine
gemstones, including pink sapphires, tourmaline, rubellite, and pearls
(those, of course, require a little human help and dye).

Pantone picked the color for its “vibrant, energetic hue,”
according to a release, which also cited honeysuckle’s “encouraging and uplifting properties”
and its ability to “embolden us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor.”
Wow. That’s a lot of hype for the reddish pink (named for the flower, the
color of which also attracts hummingbirds) to live up to, but the
jewelry category is certainly up to the task. For proof, look no further than these
honeysuckle-hued selections.


Rose-color pearls mingle with other pastel hues in bracelets from the Wildflower collection; $100. Honora

Finn Jewelry

Pink sapphire Love Knot ring in 18k pink gold; $1,770. Finn


Renda-se earrings in 18k rose gold feature rubellite;
$2,800. Vianna

Emma Quist Jewelry

A 355 ct. t.w. Mozambique Tourmaline pendant in 18k white
gold (51 grams) has 1.92 cts. t.w. colorless F-VS Russian-cut diamonds;
$59,900. Emma Quist Jewelry

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