Ultra Violet Gemstones Celebrate Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

On the Runway at the La Perla Spring-Summer 2018 Collection.

We have seen the future and it is purple! Color authority Pantone has announced its 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.

Each year, the prestigious color forecasting institute looks backwards at recent trends in fashion, film, art, technology, industry and social media to predict the next year’s most influential color.

Pantone’s 2018 selection, a blue-based purple, is said to embody visionary thinking and originality, two attributes that are alive and well in the world of jewelry design.

Let’s take a closer look at some Ultra Violet gemstones and jewelry.

Versatility and Harmony

Photos Courtesy of Pantone.com

Ultra Violet gemstones can include amethyst, purple sapphires, tanzanite, and purple diamonds. These stones are surprisingly versatile in that they pair well with yellow, white and pink gold, as well as sterling silver. Ultra Violet, Pantone tells us, appeals to men as well as women.

Not so coincidentally, Ultra Violet’s blend of red and blue sends a subtle signal of political harmony (or at least tolerance) in these challenging times. According to V.P. of the Pantone Color Institute Laurie Pressman: “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.”

Opposites Attract

Pendants by Omni Gems. Photo Courtesy of NationalJeweler.com

Ultra Violet sits opposite on the color wheel from last year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery.  As such, purple-colored gemstones play nicely with green and citrus-hued stones including emerald, peridot, citrine, lemon quartz, and yellow sapphire.

When it comes to fashion/costume jewelry, look for Pantone’s Ultra Violet selection to popularize purple and green or yellow beads and metals – sometimes with feathers and tassels — by spring

Church and State

Bibi van der Velden’s 18K Yellow Gold and Amethyst Snake Ring, as seen in National Jeweler. Photo Courtesy of NationalJeweler.com

The color purple has long been associated with nobility, royalty and vestments of the clergy. Regal purple is in fact a dominant color in royal and ecclesiastical robes and jewels.

OBJ predicts that Ultra Violet gowns and jewels will dominate the Red Carpet at the April 30 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute’s Met Gala, the theme of which is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

Look for complete coverage here at Obsessed by Jewelry.

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Tanzanite Cleaning Tip

Tanzanite Pendant Necklace and Tanzanite Trilliants

Tanzanite is one of three official December birthstones, and purple (Ultra Violet) tanzanite is one of tanzanite’s most beautiful colors. To keep your tanzanite jewelry looking its dazzling best all year long, click here for a cleaning tip from Connoisseurs.

Source: NationalJeweler.com


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