PANTONE® 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Design Idea EC40 Necklace and Earrings

by Anne Marie Hunter, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

"A hearty yet stylish tone, Marsala is universally appealing with a richness that lends sophistication ... it's a very modern hue that totally suits the times."
- Pantone
PANTONE® 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala Named for the renowned Italian wine, Marsala is the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year. A naturally robust, earthy wine red, Marsala makes its own confident, energetic statement. Marsala "emanates a sophisticated natural earthiness that will enrich the body, mind and soul," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Because of its rich, impactful warmth, Pantone believes Marsala is a color that will resonate around the world, translating seamlessly across all spheres of design. Marsala was a hit on 2015 fashion runways, and an integral element in next year's designs from interiors to beauty and more.

2015's choice is an easy color to design with. Though certainly able to stand alone, Marsala is also a unifying element--adding more color weight to a palette and a stylish tone to designs. Marsala conveys strength, imbued with a subtle romance. Though it commands attention, it is not overwhelming.

One of the most exceptional characteristics of this winning hue is its versatility, for designers as well as those who wear or enjoy Marsala in its many creative incarnations. Universally appealing to men and women, Marsala also complements many skin tones.

Color communicates, and this multi-nuanced Color of the Year conveys many messages. The numerous facets of Marsala's beauty and strength are transported by the shape, size, texture and finish of the materials used in a particular design.

For jewelry-making, the translation means tremendous possibilities. This wine-influenced color is perceived differently depending on the selection of design elements. Pearls or Swarovski crystal, in this red-kissed color, convey luxury and glamour. Matte surface materials, such as leather, have the appearance of being more robust and earthy. Transparent options, such as glass or acrylic, lend a lilting clarity to Marsala's warmth. Gemstones in Marsala hues capture the depth and richness this color has to offer.
PANTONE® 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

PANTONE® 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala In addition, Marsala works well with a variety of color palettes. It is exceptional when paired with monochromatic mixes, such as peachy pinks. It harmonizes with numerous metals, illuminates smoky or neutral palettes, is compelling with amber, golden yellows, turquoise or teals and pops with vibrant blues.

"Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth."
- Leatrice Eisemann
Come design by the warm fire of Marsala.

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