A nod to Pantone

Normally I’m not all about trends, but I do like some of the colors in this season’s Pantone palette.

I love the way these moss aquamarines and amethyst pieces echo the “african violet” and “grayed jade” hues.


I wasn’t trying to do that when I made these pieces, I just happen to love moss aquamarine with amethyst a whole lot. And when you add in the moonstone and tiny pops of spinel, well… it’s kind of fabulous don’t you think?


But that’s not all. Check it!


I was kind of done with clouds and gray one day, and this chalcedony and fire opal combo popped for me out of the blue.


Echoes of “Lemon Zest”, “Nectarine” and “Poppy” much?


While it’s unlikely that I’ll ever pay much attention to the seasonal color trends except in passing, it’s nice to know that maybe I managed to tap into the collective unconscious for a minute!

Both of these color combos were really just borne out of the “bead soup” method of jewelry design, in which I take a great whack of beads in colors that feel harmonious to me, and mesh them around until it all looks about right.

Come to think of it, that’s how I approach almost everything.

We are nothing if not scientific here at Honey&Ollie Designs, after all.

About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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5 Responses to A nod to Pantone

  1. The Lab Rat says:

    Love it! So fun and bright and springy! Just because it ‘happens’ to match the trending color pallet doesn’t mean it’s intended to follow it. I think these pieces will be The Thing for a lot longer than the Pantone spring pallet.

    • Rainy says:

      Don’t get me wrong, I love Pantone! I love that there’s a cohesive thing that designers can reference each season for their collections. I just don’t feel like I need to be a slave to it and when I match it, it is usually more of a happy accident. I think of it as more, “something to compliment” rather like blue compliments orange, etc…

    • Rainy says:

      also, it explains a lot about why all the stores have hte same color sweaters, doesn’t it?

  2. Julie Miller says:

    Beautiful work! I especially like the first set because I’m always drawn to cool colors but I love the contrast in the second set as well.

  3. Marilyn says:

    And they are all gorgeous!

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