Fashion colors for spring 2012 have been introduced by
Pantone, the recognized arbiter of color. The title of Arbiter fits Pantone very
well. Arbiter is defined as a judge, or... a person or agency whose judgment or
opinion is considered authoritative (as in arbiter of taste).
Colored gemstone jewelry will compliment these fashion colors
Orange spessartite garnet
Padparadscha and many other spinel and sapphire colors
These are just a few of the colored gems that will
complement your spring wardrobe.
The fashion colors for spring 2012 graphic is shown above, but
the small swatches and lines leave me wanting larger depictions. I was able to
enlarge portions of the graphic without introducing too much fuzziness.
Tangerine Tango is a vibrant, energetic shade that says
the wearer of a blazer in this shade is a take-charge individual. The color also
says active and fun in casual attire.
Solar Power shines with the warmth of nature... and is in
tune with today's emphasis on renewable energy.
Bellflower is a decorative purple that says you are an
individual, with artistic flair.
Sodalite Blue delivers a nautical flavor that says
strength and determination.
Cabaret is simply gratifying to the senses. It's message
is that I'm alive and enjoying it.
Margarita is a soft, but active pastel. It's as
vitalizing as it's namesake.
Sweet Lilac announces the arrival of a gentle early
summer day. This soft hue evokes an emotional response.
Cockatoo is softer than teal... but it spices up any
Driftwood is a versatile and complementary color for a
fresh spring look and feel.
Starfish may be the ultimate complement to the colors of
Here is the full text of the press release from Pantone...
PANTONE ANNOUNCES FASHION COLOR REPORT FOR SPRING 2012
Designers Offer Consumers a Lively, Upbeat
CARLSTADT, N.J., Sept. 8, 2011
– Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on
color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries,
today unveiled the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Spring 2012.
The release of the PANTONE Fashion Color Report coincides with New York Fashion
Week, which begins today.
The report features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for
spring 2012, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots, and is
available for free download at www.pantone.com/spring2012.
This season’s report also includes the most directional hues for men’s
spring 2012 fashion.
colors for women’s fashion for spring 2012 are:
"Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and
the promise of a brighter day," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director
of the Pantone Color Institute®. "They have learned how color can help
them alter a mood, while providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them
to experiment with new looks and color combinations."
For spring 2012, designers are inspired by diverse influences,
showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles - from free and playful to light and
breezy, and contemporary classics. Colors likewise reflect these differing
moods, encapsulating vivid brights, fun-loving pastels and soft, muted tones.
Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy
orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook
this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates
warmth and cheer.
Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental
purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret
is a sensual and intense rosy-red – an excellent choice for summer clothing
Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings
order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade
works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile
blue-green, is sure to make spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical
touch to the palette and will make a statement this spring.
Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts
spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming
garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes
the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance
to any wardrobe.
Natural, versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s
brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a
slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer
neutral, complement all of the colors in this season’s top 10.
The colors featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report are
pulled from the most widely used and recognized color standards systems in the
world, the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Color System, which now
includes 175 new colors. Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York
Fashion Week and beyond to collect feedback on prominent collection colors,
color inspiration and color philosophy. This information is used to create the
PANTONE Fashion Color Report, which serves as a reference tool throughout the
year for fashion enthusiasts, reporters and retailers.
Pantone, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the
world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals
with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of
creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone now offers paint and
designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is
available at www.pantone.com.
X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global leader in color science and technology. The
company, which now includes color industry leader Pantone, develops,
manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through
measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s
expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and
matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which
translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of
industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video,
automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further
information, please visit www.xrite.com.
- Emerald and Diamond tiara recently sold by
Lower -Graceful open heart pendant with gemstone.
A Google search using keywords such as opal doublet or opal
play of color can return some very interesting
information and websites.
Readers have requested that I offer a special deal on a
different gem, or occasionally, an easily affordable finished
jewelry piece in each newsletter.
We keep gem prices low by buying quality gemstone rough
worldwide, and having the rough material cut by our gem cutters in Asia.
This month we are offering a gorgeous citrine in a long oval
shape. The rough comes from Zambia. It was cut and polished in Sri Lanka. I have
several stones cut from this fine material, but only the one stone in this size
For those who missed out on the April
special, I now have received several matched pairs from the cutter. The
April feature was a matched pair of flawless and colorless (white) zircons,
the recognized natural substitute for diamonds. The price is only $32.00
The zircon offer will be available through
Christmas... unless they sell out earlier.
Gem Industry News
Extremely Rare Emerald and Diamond Tiara
Sotheby’s Geneva sold the most important emerald and diamond tiara to have
appeared at auction in three decades for an amazing $12,736,927. That is the
highest price ever achieved for a tiara at auction.
The magnificent and extremely rare emerald and diamond tiara, circa 1900,
which was formerly in the Collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von
David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery Department for Europe and
the Middle East, said: “Sotheby’s was honoured to be able to offer perhaps
the grandest piece of jewellery to come to sale in over 30 years and the market
responded with enthusiasm. "
Commenting on this evening’s sale, David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s
Jewellery Department for Europe and the Middle East, said: “Sotheby’s was
honoured to be able to offer perhaps the grandest piece of jewellery to come to
sale in over 30 years and the market responded with enthusiasm. This evening’s
results, across the board -- in Noble Jewels, diamonds, coloured gemstones, and
pieces signed by the world’s greatest jewelers – show the extraordinary
appetite among connoisseurs for rarity, quality and provenance.”
A new industry article calls our attention to Black Friday (the day after
Thanksgiving)... and to what shoppers will be looking for.
One out of six people you meet are probably planning to buy jewelry as a gift
this season. Among your established customers the number will be much higher.
You should be contacting your established customers now. You should
also talk up your jewelry business and it's high quality and low price
advantages to other people you meet. Get to them before they get to the
department stores on Black Friday!