by Barbara van Look, Marketing Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Radiant Orchid brims with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple--one that draws you in with beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink, Radiant Orchid blends both cool and warm hues and flatters a variety of skin tones.

Radiant Orchid is a timeless color, standing tall in classic pieces and striding boldly through modern creations. Its ability to do it all is an invitation to innovative design. It enlivens the skin with its rosy undertones, and connects beautifully with nearby shades of red, lavender, violet and pink.

"Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health."

Radiant Orchid stands between the warm and the cool, part of both, yet separate in itself. This elegant yet exuberant lavender likes making connections; it's ideal as a unifying element everywhere it's used, from a wall to a bead strand. Purples are perpetually popular colors, with a slight shift in shade making them warm-weather wear or cool jewels. Designers can draw on the flexibility of purples and include Radiant Orchid in jewelry and accessories that will transition from season to season.
Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Radiant Orchid livens up a range of neutral tones such as grey, beige and taupe, complements olive and hunter greens, and looks dazzling with saturated teals and turquoise blues. It partners beautifully with both gold and silver finishes.

Incorporate shades of Radiant Orchid into your jewelry and accessory designs to show off PANTONE's captivating color choice. You will find lightweight acrylic and resin beads work well for casual and sporty styles, while investing in amethyst, cubic zirconia and enameled brass is ideal for business and evening designs. Adding some lavender shimmer and sparkle is easy with Swarovski crystal beads, Celestial Crystal® and Czech fire-polished beads.

See how Radiant Orchid works with this year's color predictions. View Fire Mountain Gems and Beads expert color forecasts for 2014.

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