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Radiant Orchid is Color of the Year



Radiant orchid is color of the year as chosen by Pantone, the “global authority on color” company. The color of the year designation results from a rigorous process that scan the world for emerging color trends. The color of the year is deemed to express in color what is taking place in the global zeitgeist,  according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director at Pantone. (Zeitgeist is defined by as "The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation.")

The "color of the year" team that Pantone assembles to make the picks represents a variety of fields and international industries... including pop culture, fashion, music, travel, and more. They search the globe seeking emerging color trends.

That radiant orchid is color of the year is not an arbitrary decision, it represents a consensus of the Pantone team. Radiant Orchid, is #18-3224 in the Pantone Color Guide. This color is a return to the tropical shades Pantone has featured in recent years, warm colors such as Tangerine Tango, and Honeysuckle.

The color of the year will have already been in use by some designers for a few months, that is one of the criteria for an emerging trend. Once the color choice is announced in a Pantone press release, industrial and boutique designers for many fields will adopt the color for use in their products, especially the fashion industry.





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Pantone Picks Radiant Orchid as 2014 Color of the Year

Carlstadt, N.J.–based Pantone Color Institute has just announced its 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

Pantone's color No. 18-3224 “blooms with confidence and warmth” and is “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple,” according to the company.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, told the media this morning that while Emerald, last year’s choice, “served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination.… Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality…inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health.”

Radiant Orchid appeared in the spring 2014 runway shows of Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture, and Yoana Baraschi for its “rosy undertones that radiate on the skin,” stated Pantone in a release. The color will be important to fine jewelers because they need to know how to help consumers wearing Radiant Orchidcolored clothes effectively color-block their jewelry and accessories.

Previous Colors of the Year:

PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)

PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)

PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)

PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)

PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)

PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)

PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)

PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)

PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)

PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)

PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)

PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)

PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)

PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)



News items, feature stories, and blogs will then begin to appear in the popular media, putting their spin on the color selection and its uses. Articles such as this...


How to wear the Pantone color Radiant Orchid – Shoes

Radiant Orchid is a great color for sandals and pumps. The tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast to green, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, but it’s not the red that would have been a more obvious choice. “It’s a little different, it’s a little off the beaten path, and it’s not a primary color,” she explains. “It’s an invitation to innovation. I can see shoes in this color combined with any neutral color outfit as well as with shades of green, blue and yellow. It’s going to be a colorful year






The color of the year is known to occur in several natural gemstones including sapphire, spinel, and garnet. Jewelry featuring these gems will now begin to appear. Jewelry with artificial and synthetic radiant orchid-colored stones are already in the marketplace. Color-blocking jewelry is also available in the marketplace in a wide selection of materials, textures, and colors.

Radiant orchid is color of the year for numerous reasons, as revealed in the statement by Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone executive director.





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Gem:     Amethyst

Color:     Royal purple

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Shape:     Cushion

Dimensions:     14 x 14 mm

Weight:     9.92 carats

Price:     $198, plus shipping ($5)

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True North Gems leaves Yukon emeralds in the ground


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CDC News reports on the current status of a Yukon emerald mine site...


It's near the end for what was once touted as a possible emerald mine in the Yukon.

True North Gems has approval to take the remaining equipment and material from its Tsa Da Glisza property in southeastern Yukon.

Emeralds were first found at the site in 1998. True North Gems took over a 21 square kilometre claim in 2001. The company spent five years working at the site, wrapping up in 2006.

It recovered hundreds of thousands of gemstone and near-gemstone quality emeralds from about three thousand tonnes of ore.

The company will haul equipment out of the area, on an ice road, this winter.

True North Gems also holds claims in Nunavut, on its Beluga sapphire property between Iqaluit and Kimmirut. However, work has also come to a halt at that location.

The company says it is now concentrating on its ruby property in Greenland.




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Now is the time!

Time to take a week to recharge... before you begin thinking of replenishing your depleted inventory - oh, and remember that the Tucson Gem Shows are only a month away.

Also, Valentine's Day is coming. 

People continue to buy... with caution. But gift occasions don't stop. Birthdays, anniversaries, and many other reasons to buy nice jewelry at a great price just keep on coming.

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