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Bracelet "Tide Pools" using the Pantone color of the year - turquoise. By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

by Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria

Every year the folks at Pantone designate a color of the year. This year the winner is…Turquoise! You will be seeing a lot of this color in fashion, home décor, and, yes, jewelry.

Turquoise is a calming color that is practically a neutral. It can be combined with many colors to bring out different feelings. Combining turquoise with brown gives one an earthy feel, while adding black can cause a dramatic effect. Southwestern style is usually represented by turquoise, red, and silver. Want to reminisce of dipping your toes in the ocean at the beach? Try combining white or yellow with turquoise and add some hints of gold.

Everyone knows the stone Turquoise, but how about trying a different stone with the same color pallet? Amazonite has a milky light turquoise color and blue opals can have a blue-green color with browns running through it. Using beads such as abalone shell or Azurite that have hints of turquoise in them are a great way to incorporate the color subtly in your designs.

Special note about buying the stone turquoise – know what you are buying. If the price seems unbelievably low, there is a good chance the beads are actually dyed magnesite or “chalk turquoise” can be a dead ringer for much pricier turquoise. Another impressive imposter that is hard to identify is dyed Howlite. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when buying stones!

I would love to hear your opinion on the choice for color of the year and how you are planning to incorporate it into your designs!

If you have any questions about beading, or using turquoise in your designs, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com.