rose quartzWhen it comes to color, 2016 is going to be all about pastels.

For the first time, color authority Pantone announced not one, but two colors of the year: Rose Quartz and Serenity (You’d be forgiven for calling them light pink and baby blue, though.)
The unassuming colors are a noticeable change from more daring Pantone picks, like last year’s Marsala, and Radiant Orchid and Emerald the years before that. But, they’re already established hues on the runway as well as in home decor.

 

Rose quartz is one of the many quartz varieties used as a gem material. It gets its name from its delicate pink color, which ranges from very light (almost white) to medium-dark. The most appealing color typically occurs in larger sizes, and small rose quartz specimens with good color tend to be rare.

 

aqua

Aquamarine’s name comes from the Latin for seawater and it was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.

Lighter shades of Tanzanite or sapphire would be a nice option for “Serenity” as well.