Emerald Green: Pantone 2013 Color of the Year

Chances are you know the Pantone people…you just don’t know you know them. For more than 50 years the Pantone company has been “the color authority” in the world of design, providing design professionals and fashion/beauty editors with color standards, guidance and inspiration.

Back in the day, Pantone was best known for its color chip book, part of the syllabus of most art and color courses at high schools, design schools and universities. But for the last decade the folks at Pantone are most famous for their annual Color of the Year prediction.

This year their selection is (drumroll) Emerald Green!

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. But it’s also accessible.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “…Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

Oscar Nominee Naomi Watts wearing a stunning emerald green boutique gown
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts,
in a stunning emerald boutique gown,
Australian Vogue

Green has been rising up the color chart for several seasons, especially in fashion and couture markets — and even on the Red Carpet. In fact, Obsessed by Jewelry chose “Going Green” as one of its seven must-have trends for 2013.

the beauty of emerald green in eye cosmetics

In the beauty business the pros know that Emerald dramatizes all eye colors…enhancing green eyes, compatible with blue eyes, emphasizing the green undertones of hazel eyes and intensifying brown eyes to make them seem deeper.

Emerald Green nail polish is the perfect punctuation point for many skin tones (not to mention a go-to color for setting off green gemstone, rings, bracelets and earrings). Pantone 17-5641 Emerald will be available exclusively at Sephora, starting in March 2013, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Be sure to tell us how you plan to incorporate Emerald Green into your jewelry wardrobe in the days and months ahead. And keep your eyes peeled (whether green, hazel, blue or brown) for Emerald all around you…you just can’t miss it!

Alexandrite, Diopside, Tsavorite Garnet – image courtesy of ajsgem.com, Demantoid Garnet – image courtesy of modernjeweler.com, Green Zircon – image courtesy of gemfix.com Jadeite – image courtesy of modernjeweler.com, Peridot, Tourmaline – image courtesy customgemcutters.com
Consider these “alternative emerald” gems.

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