Classic Blue: The Pantone Color for 2020

For the past twenty years, Pantone, the US color institute responsible for the most important color matching system in the world as well as a major trend forecaster, has taken the pulse of global culture and chosen a color of the year. 2020’s selection is Classic Blue.

Laurie Pressman, vice-president of the Pantone Color Institute, described this timeless and enduring hue as reminiscent of the sky at dusk. It is a color that anticipates what’s going to happen next.

Blue rose cut sapphire and diamond 18k white gold ring and 18k white gold and diamond contour band.  Sold separately, designed, and created by llyn strong.

In the gemstone world, Classic Blue brings to mind sapphire and lapis lazuli. As well, indicolite tourmaline, spinel, tanzanite, topaz and labradorite can all display intense forms of Classic Blue. Regardless of variety, gemstones in this enduring hue of blue make dramatic statements whether used in elegant traditional settings or bold contemporary looks, in gold or platinum, matte or bright.

Tanzanite necklace with pearl clasp. Sold separately, designed, and created by llyn strong.

For your next fine jewelry purchase, consider one of these elegant stones or perhaps the more ocean-inspired hues of parai­ba tourmalines, aquamarine, turquoise, opals, moonstones, and zircon. Here at llyn strong fine art jewelry, you’ll find rings, necklaces, and pendants that showcase Classic Blue in all its forms all crafted by hand in our studio. Or speak with llyn about creating your unique statement in Classic Blue.

Men’s lapis lazuli and 18k gold ring. Designed and created by llyn strong.

Find more information on Pantone and Color of the Year at For more information on gemstones mentioned in this blog, consult the Gemological Institute of America’s website at or visit llyn strong Fine Art Jewelry to speak with Sydney Strong, our resident graduate gemologist.

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