Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald
by Barbara van Look, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Design Idea 8B0Q Earrings "Green" isn't just environmentally friendly. It's the color designers are reclaiming for 2013. And one particular shade--Emerald Green--is the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year.

Greens have been frequently overlooked by jewelry and accessories designers in favor of metals, natural hues and ever-present blacks. Greens sit at the border of the "cool" blue tones and the "warm" yellow tones, offering a wide spectrum of tints and hues. Every skin tone can wear some kind of green--all it takes is a slight shift to make the shade suit perfectly. (Redheads, of course, can flaunt most greens with impunity.)

Why green? "Green is the most abundant hue in nature--the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum," says 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." Green is also a color with a positive effect on the brain, releasing tension and reducing stress, which is why it is frequently used in color therapy.

From the grass-green emerald to the brilliant lime of peridot, green is moving back into jewelry and accessory creations. Styles feature rich, deeply saturated shades that are sophisticated, feminine and bold.

They're chic--not meek! Green is going boldly into winter and throughout the year ahead.
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Use greens generously--demure is not required. No subtle accents here; going green means creating and wearing statement pieces with plenty of intense color. Bright greens are eye-catching without being too intrusive. As it's associated with a rare and expensive gemstone, Color of the Year Emerald Green is considered sophisticated, elegant and luxurious.

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If your customer can't wear a particular shade, offer embellished purses, shoes, belts and other accessories used away from the face.

  • Large glass or gemstone cabochons
  • Multiple strands of beads
  • Swaths of seed beads
  • Wirework with Zebra Wire™ or Wrapit Wire®
Clothing and Accessories
  • Purses
  • Shoes
  • Embellished collars
  • Dyed fur and feather accents
See how Emerald Green works with this year's color trends. View Fire Mountain Gems and Beads expert color forecasts for 2012.

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Gemstones Swarovski Crystal Beads and Fancy Stones Swarovski Crystal Pearls Green Glass Stringing Material Nylon, Plastic, Metal and Glass Chain Cabochons

Customer Comments

We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "Pantone 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald," 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.

"Very favorable response to your write up about the color ''green'' and it's relevancy in the world of color and fashion. Great job of suggestions on how to use this color with the various jewelry making products and the possibilities. Thank you,"
- Annabel

"Finally, I've always liked green, especially the bluer greens and have used the different shades of green in my jewelry making. Thanks for this interesting article."
- Betty Jean

"FINALLY!! My favorite color is here!!!"
- Laura

"Good grouping of semi-prec. By color. Like it."
- Anonymous

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