After such a harsh winter, what could be more delightful than sporting a sparkling gem in this year’s PANTONE® Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, which according to its creator, “radiates joy, love and health.”

Considered to be the world’s leading color authority, Pantone LLC and the PANTONE® name set the trans-industry standard for color. Annually, Pantone selects a specific color from among its palettes that best represents the feeling or “spirit” of the times and crowns it the PANTONE® Color of the Year.

Their 2014 choice is described by the company as blooming “with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination…in a captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.”

There are a variety of gemstones in all price ranges that come in similar hues. These include lavender and violet amethyst, lavender spinel, violet pink sapphires, lavender quartz , ametrine and even eggplant Tahitian pearls among many others.

For more information on the color palette for spring, visit Pantone’s site, where you can even find the Color of the Day, based on author Michelle Bernhardt’s book and Colorstrology system.