Emerald: Beyond Gemstone

Last year it was Tangerine Tango, the year before Honeysuckle.  This year, Pantone has crowned Emerald as the 2013 color of the year.   Pantone chooses the “it” color more by research than by a crystal ball.   A color committee from Pantone identifies which colors manufacturers are using in their new products.  This is followed by  surveys, meetings, and educated opinions.  Ultimately Pantone announces the color of the year with much fanfare.  Now we understand why products often appear in stores immediately after the color of the year is announced.

Look for fennel green on the shelves of Le Creucet, the enamel clad cast iron kitchen- ware manufacturer.   JC Penney’s will be featuring emerald green bedding while GM is presenting a Camero in unripened green.   Of course, it follows that emerald green will be featured in clothing.

Green takes a bit of expertise in choosing the right shade but anyone can wear some shade of green.  As you probably know, red and green are complementary colors, dividing the color wheel into cool and warm colors.  Both red and green can be either warm or cool.   If a the green shade contains more yellow, it will be warm-toned and will look good on a warm-toned person while green with more blue, will look good on a cool–toned person.   Turquoise, teal, aqua or whatever name one chooses ofora blue-green shade has the unique distinction of being complementary for both cool and warm coloring.

Options in finding your right hue of green are almost limitless.  In addition to adding the adjacent color to make a different hue, you can add neutrals to creating an olive shade, a bottle green, apple green, pastel green, and the list goes on.   When choosing your best green, hold it up to your face under good lighting and notice if the color makes your skin sallow or washed out or if you appear to have a healthy glow.  You may want to hold up a color that you know is becoming and compare that against how you look with the green.  This should give you a good indication of whether the green works for you.

Having trouble seeing the difference?  You might want to have a color analysis and get your own personal color fan to guide you.  Just give me a call at 404-428-2527 or email at Beryl@StyleWithAplomb.com.

Emerald jewelry will be becoming for anyone.  It’s my motto that next to diamonds, emeralds are a girl’s best friend!   But then, maybe I’m prejudiced.  My birthstone is emerald and the beryl is the mineral family in which the emerald is found!

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