Beading Trend: Pantone Color of the Year 2019

According to the Pantone Color Institute, Living Coral represents “the fusion of modern life.” This Color of the Year is a warm blend of orange and red looks good on a variety of skin tones, making it a good choice for making beaded jewelry to sell, share and wear.

Living Coral has already made its way into a variety of products. Now you can plan your next beaded jewelry design while sipping coffee from your very own Pantone Color of the Year 2019 Mug (affiliate link) or send text messages from your fashion-forward coral iPhone XR. Here are some on-trend ideas to add to your beading repertoire.

Posy Pendant

This year’s #1 color is wonderfully complementary to floral designs. In this Posy Pendant, Anna Bawden creates six miniature flower components using MiniDuos, seed beads and crystals. String the pendant on ribbon and chain for a romantic springtime look. This is a great starter project or a sweet way to try beading with shaped beads.

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Anna Bawden’s Posy Pendant

Massasauga Bracelet

Coral makes a beautiful centerpiece for this linked diamond bracelet by Cecil Rodriguez. Her stylish Massasauga Bracelet uses DiamonDuos with two-needle peyote stitch to weave three diamond-shaped components. It’s a trendy design that’s easy to create in your favorite colors.

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Cecil Rodriguez’s Massasagua Bracelet

Simply Modern Jewelry

You’ll find coral colors in many types of beads: crystal pearls, gemstones, pressed glass, and more. Get inspired for your next bead stringing project with Simply Modern Jewelry by Danielle Fox. The designs feature many favorite projects from the pages of Stringing magazine. You’ll find it reviewed in the Top 10 Favorite Beading Books blog post.

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Simply Modern Jewelry by Danielle Fox

When you’re starting a new jewelry design, The Color of the Year is a good place to begin. I’m going to dig through my beading stash and see what I’ve been overlooking. I think I have some Living Coral-ish beads that I can use to make on-trend designs. I can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy beading,
Katie Hacker
Interim Managing Editor of Beadwork

Featured Image: Living Coral, Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. Photo: Julia Manga | Getty Images


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