Another pink-tinted hue is set to take over in 2019—according to Pantone, at least.

The company just announced that Living Coral, a bright coral shade, is its 2019 Color of the Year and at Calypso’s Island we couldn’t be more thrilled.

According to the Pantone Color Institute, 2019 will be all about Living Coral, a color which represents “playful expression,” and our “innate need for optimism.” (After this year, we can use all the innate optimism we can get.) Living Coral is technically a “coral hue with a golden undertone”—a few shades louder than pink, but softer than red.

2019’s Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energizing aspects of color found in nature, according to Pantone. In its glorious display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color and act as a visual gateway transporting us to our beloved islands.

This is the fourth time in the past 10 years that the Color Institute has picked a Pantone color named after a precious gemstone. Previous picks have included Turquoise (2010), Emerald (2013) and Rose Quartz (2016).

Coral is one of just a handful of organic materials that are classified as gemstones. Corals are produced by tiny living creatures called polyps. They excrete a carbonic substance from which the corals grow like trees and branches. Interestingly, pearl and coral are chemically very similar as both consist of more than 90% calcium carbonate.

According to the American Gem Society, there are hundreds of species of coral throughout the world, but only two pinkish-orange types are used for fine jewelry — Corallium japonicum and Corallium rubrum.

The process of choosing the Color of the Year takes about nine months, with Pantone’s trend watchers scanning the globe’s fashion runways and high-profile events for “proof points” until one color emerges as the clear winner.

Savvy consumers may have sensed Living Coral was in the running as the 2019 choice; in September, Pantone revealed multiple swatches of color expected to turn up at New York Fashion Week in the spring, and it was one of the key colors in the palette.

The choice of color will have wide-ranging effects on everything from home décor to runway and fast-fashion outfits. Yet it’s also hard to ignore that, in the midst of increasingly urgent reports about climate change, choosing not just coral but living coral is a bit of a reminder of the fragility of the ecosystem.

At Calypso’s Island, we are looking forward to creations with “Living Coral” color since orange and pink shades are pretty common in the gemstone world. Rhodochrosite comes to mind, but Living Coral seems a little more orange than most Padparadscha sapphires to me. Some fire opals could fit the bill, along with Spessartite garnet and cameos. I’ve seen pink zircon have a touch of orange like this color. And, of course, there’s actual coral.

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