The news just came out last week: "Emerald" is Pantone's color of the year for 2013.
If "emerald" makes you think more of gemstones than fashion colors, welcome to my world! But it's fun for me to see Pantone and other color namers (like clothing brands and catalogs, especially J. Crew, who has the most delicious and clever color names for their clothes) use gemstone names for their colors. Ruby, emerald, amethyst–everyone knows what those colors are, and using the gem names instead of the color names is just a little more specific and interesting. As uncommon gemstones become more mainstream, those names are popping up in everyday places as well.
Pantone's Spring 2013 Color Trends in Gemstones
Each year Pantone identifies the top ten fashionable colors of the year, as shown in clothing, fabrics, home décor, purses and other accessories, including our favorite, jewelry. Even if fashion and trends aren't your thing, if you're a jewelry maker or jewelry designer, you need to know these colors. Why? Because they're the colors that almost everyone else will be using when they design their clothing and accessories–or wearing when they buy their clothing and accessories–so you'll want your jewelry designs to play along.
Naturally, you should design to your heart's vision, but whether you add color to your jewelry through gemstones, enamels, fibers, or some other way, these are the colors to watch for Spring 2013 and the gems that match them. (Photos courtesy of Pantone.com.)
Pantone's Spring 2013 Colors in Gemstone Jewelry
In the January/February 2013 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Deborah Yonick shares how several jewelry designers who focus on colored stones are using Pantone's top ten colors for spring. Here are some bonus pieces.
Sweta Jain for Goshware, NYC
Puja Bordia for Tresor, NYC
Pratima Sethi for Sethi Couture, San Francisco
(See more work from these jewelry artists and learn more about their use of Pantone's top 10 colors for 2013 in Deborah Yonick's "Flying Colors" in the January/February 2013 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.)
To learn more about faceted and cabochon gemstones–and to revel in all their juicy colors–Colored Stone magazine is a great resource. Even though it is no longer in print, you can still take advantage of the years of expertise that went into each issue of Colored Stone in digital format and in collection CDs, like the 2009-2010 Colored Stone Collection CD in the Jewelry Making Daily Shop!
Can you think of other faceted gemstone or cabochon colors that match Pantone's Spring 2013 colors? I'd love to hear your picks in the comments below!