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The Color of the Year: Yellow

Joy, Happiness, Intellect and Energy

The color scene is bursting with yellow, popping up in clothing, jewelry, accessories and home décor. As one of the warm colors, yellow represents sunshine and is connected to love, faith and hope. The high visibility of yellow lends itself well to statement fashion and jewelry. This warm color can work as a primary color, however also works well as a companion to other colors.

It is commonly believed that carrying or wearing yellow gemstones promotes the ability to express yourself. They are said to be excellent stones for writers and public speakers to increase eloquence. The yellow stones stimulate movement and mental awareness. They are used to enhance decision-making skills. Wear yellow to present a cheery, uplifting effect and use around the office to help keep a clear mind.

Pantone Selects Color of the Year for 2009: PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa

Pantone, global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, has named PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa the color of the year. This warm, engaging yellow brings optimism, hope and reassurance to a time of economic uncertainty and political change.

"The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation."

Best illustrated by the abundant flowers of the Mimosa tree and the sparkle of the brilliantly hued cocktail, the 2009 color of the year represents the hopeful and radiant characteristics associated with the color yellow.

Read more information on how Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and Pantone have partnered to bring portable color matching to the jewelry-making industry and view FREE Pantone® color reports here.

The Color Association of the United States

The most recent edition of the Causeffect publication of the Color Association of the United States highlights the growing interest in yellow and how the highly acclaimed movie, ''Slumdog Millionaire,'' is keeping yellow alive.

'Yellow continues to weave in and out of the scenes, floating in during moments of transition and tension. The viewer comes to anticipate Latika's penchant for yellow, which acts as a symbol of faith and love. She literally lights up the screen in her glowing sunny textiles at times when it seems all hope is lost.''

Print FREE downloadable seasonal color swatches developed by the Color Association of the United States. Note the ''banana seed'' and ''lemon meringue'' color swatches transitioning from spring/summer to fall/winter this year.

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Customer Comments

"We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "The Color of the Year: Yellow," as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads."

''I do appreciate the information about which colors are featured in fashion. Also any information about what is "in style" or even better, what will be in style is helpful to me as a jewelry designer. I can then design within those contexts."
- Louise

"I'm totally smitten by color and greatly enjoy any info you provide us. Thanks so much!"
- Linda

"Love the Newsletter! I have my own business (just sent in an order) and I look forward to your 'Color for the Season' articles to give me guidance for my next round of shows I produce for.

Thanks again!"
- Bobbie

" Yellow may be this year's color, but Mimosa trees have PINK blossoms. I have lived in the South all my life and I have NEVER seen a yellow mimosa tree. For information about mimosa see http://www.ncsu.edu/goingnative/howto/mapping/invexse/mimosa.html
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/trees-new/albizia_julibrissin.html
http://www.naturehills.com/product/mimosa_tree.aspx
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/43783/
http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2487306380029210395frjcEG
http://www.pbase.com/annawightphotography/image/79312948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibrissin"
- Anne

"As I said in previous comment, mimosa blossoms are PINK. I couldn't find a single instance of mimosa being yellow in pages and pages of Google results for mimosa. So naming yellow "mimosa" is strange indeed. Of course, I work for a horticultural research center, so maybe I pay more attention to plants, blossom colors and other plant details than you do."
- Anne


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