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Victorian Garnet Revival for Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

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Victorian Garnet Revival for Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala
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By Erika Winters

19th-century garnet star ring from Kunsthandel Inez Stodel at 1stdibs

19th-century garnet star ring from Kunsthandel Inez Stodel


Pantone recently announced its 2015 color of the year, Marsala, which is described as a "naturally robust and earthy wine red." When I saw the news, I immediately thought of the darker brownish- and purplish-red garnets that can be found in jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian periods.


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By Erika Winters

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala 18-1438


Pantone recently announced its 2015 color of the year, Marsala, which is described as a "naturally robust and earthy wine red." When I saw the news, I immediately thought of the darker brownish- and purplish-red garnets that can be found in jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian periods.

While many antique collectors treasure these garnet jewels, some dark red garnets have been written off as dusky and somewhat unattractive in favor of the flashier garnet colors like the rich greens of both tsavorite and demantoid garnets--and also the vivid orange of some spessartite garnets. Garnets comprise a very complex group of gems that can be found in almost every color of the rainbow. So the darker reds--known as "your grandma's garnets"--tend to be overlooked by contemporary collectors.

Pantone's color of the year choices can be particularly polarizing. Remember Radiant Orchid from last year? It was interesting to see such strong reactions to a relatively innocuous hue. I was personally indifferent to Radiant Orchid, but Marsala is a color that I can appreciate simply because I love Victorian jewelry. These are grandma's (and really great-grandma's) garnets, yes, but worn today they revive the style in glittering form.

Online antique jewelry destination 1stdibs.com has a lovely variety of antique garnet pieces from different dealers. So here are few gorgeous examples that speak to Pantone's latest color trend, Marsala.


19th-century garnet star ring from Kunsthandel Inez Stodel at 1stdibs

19th-century garnet star ring from Kunsthandel Inez Stodel


Victorian garnet dangle earrings from Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers at 1stdibs

Victorian garnet dangle earrings from Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers


Georgian garnet necklace (circa 1820) from Glorious Antique Jewelry at 1stdibs

Georgian garnet necklace (circa 1820) from Glorious Antique Jewelry


Victorian garnet and diamond bangle in 18k gold from Craig Evan Small at 1stdibs

Victorian garnet and diamond bangle in 18k gold from Craig Evan Small


Victorian garnet brooch/pendant from Fourtane  at 1stdibs

Victorian garnet brooch/pendant from Fourtane




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