Pantone was started in the 1950’s as a commercial printing company, and in 1956 they hired recent Hofstra University graduate Lawrence Herbert as a part-time employee. Herbert used his chemistry knowledge to systematize and simplify the company’s stock of pigments and production of coloured inks and the Pantone Matching System (PMS), was born. In 1963, Herbert created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colours to solve the problems associated with producing accurate colour matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the system, becoming a book of standardized colours in a fan format that is used all over the world.
We have used this matching system to produce our infographic, giving you a true guide to the colours of beaches around the world. Marine Green may sound a rather unusual colour to describe a beach but this is the exact shade of Papakolea Beach located near South Point, in the Kau district of the island of Hawaii. Olivine crystals found in the surrounding area give the beach its distinctive green hue. Only four green sand beaches exist, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet in Norway.
If Rose Pink is more your colour, then a visit to Astwood Cove Beach in Warwick, Bermuda will be your ideal spot for a holiday. The eroded coral reefs are what gives the sand this soft shade, and its warm water is great for those who love shallow swimming and snorkeling. According to travel reviews it is completely secluded and has views that will literally make you gasp and take your breath away. For details of more amazing beaches, check out the rest of our infographic.