The colour gurus at the Pantone Color Institute have just released the palette for 2018 and the star shade is the gorgeous verdant yet versatile “Arcadia”. This vibrant green with subtle blue undertones reflects the trend for those who want strong colour that can be paired with subdued neutrals. Designers are reflecting this trend with collections showing plenty of punchy colour. Fashion bible Vogue is heralding the arrival of this colour trend for next year which is both retro and contemporary.
This is great news for coloured gemstone fans as Arcadia is one of those colours that looks terrific with so many different jewel tones. Anything in the blue family would complement this hue beautifully. Aquamarine’s pretty soft blue colour with hints of green would look so striking set in white gold and worn with Arcadia coloured clothing. Vibrant cornflower blue sapphires would also compliment and contrast well. The ornamental gems turquoise and amazonite would also sit pretty next to Arcadia. Finally, the stars of the tourmaline family, Paraiba and Indicolite, would be delightful matches with Arcadia.
For complete contrast, pink tourmaline set in rose gold or warm coloured garnets, from soft pink hued Malayas through to deep purple-red rhodolites, would look luscious against Arcadia. For a very regal look, deep red spinel or rich purple amethyst set in rose gold would sit divinely with the verdigris of Aracdia.
If you prefer to keep your jewellery neutral in colour when wearing stronger tones, imagine grey Tahitian pearls set in cool white gold or luscious South Sea pearls in rose gold against Arcadia green. Elegant and understated.
Finally, if you are opposed to wearing strong colour and want to stick to a neutral wardrobe you could play with Arcadia coloured gemstone jewellery to add that on trend touch. Ornamental gemstones such as chrysoprase, amazonite and turquoise worn in strands of beads or set in statement earrings and rings would really lift beiges, whites and blacks into a more contemporary look.