Every year since 2000, Pantone, the company best known for standardizing colors from manufacturer to manufacturer and across industries through its Pantone Matching System, has selected a Color of the Year. They choose this hue as, in their words, “A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” These color selections invariably influence fashion and design going forward.
2017’s Color of the Year is Greenery, a shade of yellow-green that recalls new leaves and buds and the freshness of spring. The company cites the desire of modern people to immerse themselves in nature, to unplug from the hectic demands of everyday life, as the inspiration for this choice. As Pantone states, “Greenery is nature’s neutral,” and it is an easy shade to incorporate in your look through jewelry.
Emerald is classically known as the must-have green gemstone, popular not only for its beauty but for its resistance to scratching, which makes it a practical choice for rings as well as for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. While emeralds come in a variety of different shades of green, those mined in Brazil tend toward the yellow-green end of the emerald spectrum. Emeralds are quite rare, especially those that are exceptionally large, free of inclusions, or deeply colored, which makes them more expensive than diamonds on a per-carat basis.
Another well-known green gemstone is jade. What we call jade can actually be one of two materials: nephrite or jadeite. Both can be found in a variety of shades of green, and they have been used as highly prized gemstones since ancient times. The most valuable jade has a beautiful green hue and is semi-transparent. In jewelry, jade is most often found as beads or cabochons, which best show off its color and touchably smooth texture.
Peridot, a beautiful yellowish-green gem-quality variety of olivine, is another green gemstone well worth adding to your collection. The iron in its mineral makeup accounts for its beautiful green color. It has been used in jewelry since the time of the pharaohs, and the Egyptians called it the “gem of the sun.”
Best of all, you can pair any of these gems with other colored gemstones—just as the foliage of a rose provides a gorgeous backdrop for its color, green-colored gemstones can be beautifully matched with almost any other color to produce a striking look. Consider a field of wildflowers, and you’ll realize that nature most often presents beautiful colors in profuse variety. Why not echo that feeling in your jewelry?
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