Pantone recently announced ultra violet as the colour of the year for 2018 and describe it as follows: "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future".
There are some stunning gemstones along the purple colour spectrum to complement ultra violet including:
Charoite has only been found in the Chara River area of Siberia and ranges in colour from light violet to deep purple, with a fabulous marbling effect. Charoite gemstones have a dreamlike quality and an almost silky feel, which comes from its subtle chartoyancy. This optical illusion creates a slight change in the patterns of the gemstones as you move rotate them in light.
Iolite is plentiful and mined in various parts of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States. Iolite is pleochroic in nature, so depending on the way angle you turn your gemstone you may notice different colours or depth of colour. This phenomena gives iolite a range of colours from light to dark violet, shimmering blue through to grey.
Tanzanite is a one location gemstone, discovered by Manuel d'Souza in the Manyara Region in Northern Tanzaniain 1967. Tanzanite is pleochroic in nature, so depending on the way angle you turn your gemstone you may notice different colours or depth of colour. Tanzanite colour ranges from hues of violet blue to blue violet and are based on tone and saturation of colour. The deeper the colour the more valuable the gemstone. However, many people actually prefer the lighter colours.
Amethyst is one of the most recognisable gemstones and very popular in the jewellery market. Amethyst is mined across the continents, with Uruguayan amethysts providing the deepest purple and Brazil providing and abundance of the gemstone. Amethyst ranges in colour from pale lilac, to lavender, through to violet purple, with the most prized being those with a strong reddish purple.