Emerald Green

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Emerald green is the new tangerine for 2013 (thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge): Pantone reveals next Colour Of The Year

By Martha De Lacey 14:34 06 Dec 2012, updated 17:21 06 Dec 2012

  • Pantone 17-5641 Emerald to replace 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
  • Emerald considered ‘a lively, radiant, lush. vivid, verdant green’

When the Duchess of Cambridge wore emerald green on a visit to the Natural History Museum last month, little did she know that she was setting the tone for the coming year.

Globally renowned colour charters Pantone have announced the same hue as the official Colour Of The Year 2013, replacing tangerine, their colour for 2012.

Pantone commented that ’17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward’, while Pantone 17-5641 Emerald is ‘a lively, radiant, lush, vivid, verdant green’ which ‘enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony’.

Pantone have announced that emerald green is their Colour Of The Year 2013 The Duchess of Cambridge wearing emerald green on a visit to the Natural History Museum on 27 November, just before the announcement of her pregnancy

Every December Pantone announces their forecast for the following year, and other colours that have won top prize include Honeysuckle, turqoise, mimosa and blue iris.

The brand said: ‘Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious.

‘Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.’

A Tiffany emerald, the rich vibrant shade of green that is Pantone LLC’s Colour Of The Year for 2013 The Pantone emerald green colour swatch

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: ‘Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.

‘As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.’

Emerald featured in Pantone’s last Colour Report, and was also incorporated into the Spring/Summer 2013 collections of many designers, including Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.

An emerald green dress from the Zac Posen Spring 2013 collection during Fashion Week in New York Another emerald dress from the Zac Posen Spring 2013 collection during Fashion Week in New York

To arrive at their selection for Colour Of The Year, Pantone ‘combs the world looking for color influences’. This can include the films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, technology, new textures and sports events.

Actress Salma Hayek in tangerine this year Victoria Beckham wearing tangerine, Panetne’s Colour Of The Year 2012

Past Pantone Colours Of The Year.

Tangerine Tango, 2012 Honeysuckle, 2011 Turquoise, 2010 Mimosa, 2009 Blue Iris, 2008 Chilli Pepper, 2007

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