Fall 2016 Pantone Fashion Color Report

Labor Day marks the symbolic end to summer season across the nation – even if warm temperatures stay put in Florida throughout the fall months. But September ushers in a slew of new fall fashion finds and a fresh color palette from Pantone’s trend forecasters. Colleen and Sue have stocked the shelves with on-trend beads in fresh colors and your perennial favorites too.

Pantone’s Fall 2016 Palette

  • Riverside and Airy Blue are the blue hues chosen for this autumn – each with subtle tones that remind us of the ocean
  • Shark Skin and Warm Taupe are two soft neutrals that will blend well with winter whites, metallics, and sandy tones
  • A bevy of warm blush and rust tones round out the palette with Dusty Cedar, Aurora Red, and Potter’s Clay
  • Vibrant tones of Bodacious pink, Spicy Mustard yellow, and Lush Meadow green deliver that pop of bright color you crave

Check out the color pairings that we hope will inspire you to get your bead on this fall!

Sharkskin and Dusty cedarairy blue and warm taupe

Aurora red and Potter's Clay

Bodacious and riversideLush meadow and Spicy Mustard

The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.

Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.

Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Cue the Butterflies & try the Flutterby

The Symbolism of Butterflies

Butterflies are a beloved symbol of life and resurrection. Emerging from their chrysalis after a deep transformative sleep, the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into an elegant butterfly is one of nature’s mysteries. Butterflies are also inherently feminine – they flitter and float from flower to flower spreading pollen and joy. They’ve long been a favorite of fashion and jewelry designers, making their way onto printed fabrics, art, and sculpture.

Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.

— Regina Cutter Edwards, Gardens with Wings

flutterby braceletLearn the “Flutterby Flat Spiral Bracelet”

  • Take the Flutterby Flat Spiral bracelet class with Sue this August 30th. Learn more here.
  • You’ll learn the simple flat spiral stitch – it’s a great stitch for beginning beaders.
  • When you make your very own Flutterby bracelet at Island Cove, you can hand-select the seed beads and Swarovski crystals for your piece. What color butterfly speaks to you?
  • The butterfly “wings” are brought to life via the mini dagger beads in this design.

butterfly beads and charms

Shop for Butterfly Beads & Charms

  • Island Cove carries a variety of butterfly-themed pieces to add into your designs – metal, stone, pressed glass, and fire-torched enamels
  • Stop by the bead shop and browse our collection of butterfly beads, charms, and pendants. From petite to big and bold, we’re sure to have the perfect butterfly for your next creation.

Beach Butterflies – Collect Local Coquina Shells

When you think of butterflies, you may imagine them in a country garden or flower lined terrace. But on the beach? Indian Rocks Beach has its own sort of butterfly at the shoreline – butterfly-shaped coquina shells.

butterfly coquina shells

Coquina butterfly seashells

Peridot’s Green Flash – the August birthstone

What is it about the color green that makes us feel so fresh and peaceful? It’s sometimes subdued, but also adds a bright and vibrant pop. This year, Pantone integrated “Green Flash” into its color forecast. It’s a tropical hue that comes to life in Indian Rocks Beach in the feathers of our local Quaker parrots, palm trees, and delicious mojitos. It’s also the color of the August birthstone – peridot.

Pantone green flash stones

Pantone Green Flash mood board








PANTONE’s Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.

— Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Did you know about Peridot?

  • Peridot olivine is mined throughout the United States, including in Arkansas, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico.
  • Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one color, an olive green. The intensity and tint of the green depends on how much iron is contained in the crystal structure.
  • Olivine in general is a very abundant mineral, but gem quality peridot is rather rare.
  • The largest cut peridot olivine is a 310 carat stone in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.
Peridot gemstone chip beads

Peridot gemstone chip beads – $10 per 19-inch strand

Now it’s your turn to Integrate green colored beads into your summer 2016 designs. Shop our collection of Czech glass beads now.

honeydew moondust czechmates tile beads

Czechmate Tiles – Honeydew Moondust

opaque turquoise picasso czechmates 2-hole lentil beads

2-holed Lentil beads – Opaque Turquoise Picasso

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Czechmate Tiles – Transparent Olivine Picasso








Island Cove also carries a variety of green-hued cords to integrate into your jewelry designs. You can shop our collections of jewelry cord here.

Waxed flat cord - Fern Green

Waxed flat cord – Fern Green

emerald green chinese knotting cord

Chinese knotting cord – emerald green

Tuff Cord Green

Tuff Cord – Green

Pretty in Patina

Growing in popularity at Island Cove are the patina’d collection of charms and beads. From mermaid pendants and cute seashell charms, to spiral and spacer beads, there are many accent pieces to choose from. We even have a few clasps and toggles with a blue-green patina finish.

patina bronze mermaid charm

patina bronze seahorse charm







Did you know?

  • The Statue of Liberty gets her green color from the natural patina formed on the copper surface.
  • Surfaces in damp coastal or marine environments will develop patina layers faster than ones in dry inland areas.
  • The green patina that forms naturally on copper and bronze is sometimes refered to as “verdigris.”

Shop the Patina Collection of beads, charms & pendants in the Island Cove eShop

patina conch shell charmpatina bronze sea urchin bead patina bronze twist drop charms







Bring out the color of these patina charms with aged picasso seed beads. We have a few strands left – just call Colleen or Sue to request a strand. By adding these beads to your designs, you’ll add a vintage or antique appeal. Their speckled finish gives the feeling of weather-worn style…perfect for the natural beach goddess.

strands of green picasso finish seed beads strands of aged picasso seed beads

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