What do cherries, almond, apricots and plums have in common?
They are all members of the “Prunus” genus, and are actually a branch (pardon the pun) of the rose family, a trait shared by the peach.
Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2024 has been revealed as “Peach Fuzz” (13-1023)!
This pastel mix of light orange and tender pink is easy on the eyes and mimics its namesake perfectly. In dyes and pigments, red, yellow and white are often blended together to create a peachy color, with the amounts varying if you want a more intense color, or something a bit more muted.
The English word “peach” was first used to describe a color in 1588, so this color has been around for quite a while.
Peach hues are often stated to be great backdrops to aid in restful sleep. The color represents immortality in Chinese culture, and the peach blossom appears in many myths from around the world as a symbol for love, longevity, inspiration and luck.
Indeed, the soft and subtle peach tones really do evoke a feeling of relaxing calm and optimism. An oasis among the often hyperactive and chaotic beat of everyday life.
Pantone refers to Peach Fuzz as a color that; “captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. It’s a velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body and soul.”
~ An oval morganite
Gemstones that match the hue seem to echo that sentiment flawlessly.
The first jewel that sparks to life in the same color range is morganite.
The pink member of the prestigious beryl family, it is named after J.P. Morgan, the banker and mineral enthusiast.
Morganite is said to offer warmth, just like Pantone’s 2024 color, and is said to heal and support the heart, both in the physical and emotional sense. Morganite is also stated to help overcome difficulties.
~ Morganite ring by Little Bird
The hue and tone of morganites can range from pale pink to tinged with orange to a true ‘peachy’ color. It offers a subtle yet stunning color that shines no matter what shape the gem is cut into.
~ Morganite and diamond earrings by Stanton Color
Another gemstone that honors Peach Fuzz is Lotus Garnet.
Like morganite, these gems can range from light to medium in tone, and offer more pink, orange or purple hues, depending on the stone.
~ Lotus Garnet pendant by Parle Designs
They are gentle in color, but strong in shimmer, and are a unique and somewhat unknown member of the garnet group.
True lotus garnet mixes together three types of garnet (almandite, spessartite and pyrope) and are completely untreated. The color is natural, and most often found in Tanzania.
Like morganite, this stone is also linked to the heart, but it’s also said to be a stone of inspiration. Some also claim the stone encourages sharing gifts with others.
~ Lotus Garnet ear climbers, by Parle Designs
Sunstone, an almost magical looking member of the feldspar group of minerals would be another fun addition to the Peach Fuzz lineup. While it can actually come in an assortment of colors, there is a variety that showcases the shimmering effects of copper inclusions on a pale orange backdrop.
This type of sunstone often comes from Oregon, right here in the USA.
~ An Oregon sunstone
As the name would suggest, this feldspar is associated with the sun, and is said to be an energy stone, bringing vitality to the wearer.
One look at the color and otherworldly glitter shows why!
~ Pear shaped sunstone
Other gems to consider are certain colors of sapphire, like the rare padparadscha sapphire, imperial topaz and of course, rose quartz.
These gemstones capture the color and meaning of Peach Fuzz and compliment any wardrobe.
Jewelry made from rose gold would also be a good choice to enjoy 2024’s Color of the Year. Not only is it a pink color but it brings out the best of the gemstones listed above as well.
Peach Fuzz is a soft color, bringing images of spring flowers starting to bloom and early summer sunsets on the horizon. It buzzes with warmth and promise.
2024 is here, full of possibilities and options. Get wrapped up in the rosy color of Peach Fuzz and see where it will take you.
~Blog by Isabelle Corvin, Staff Gemologist and Merchandising Manager at Panowicz Jewelers