You may have heard the Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced its color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. However, did you realize that this hue is nearly identical to that of a popular semiprecious gemstone? Amethyst jewelry displays the hue that Pantone describes as a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” in striking, sparkling fashion, making it seem even more enchanting.
The Amethyst and Diamond Cocktail Ring in 14K White Gold displays the color of the year in head-turning fashion as it showcases a sizeable oval-shaped amethyst, a full centimeter high. Over a third carat of accent diamonds join this gem as supporting players; two dozen of them surround the amethyst in a sparkling frame with the rest glitter from the gleaming white gold band.
Radiant orchid seems to be a natural progression from the 2013 color of the year, Emerald. Last year’s color seemed to capture a sense of growth and life, and this year’s color captures the shade that blossoms from it. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, shares, “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality… An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
This purple hue is popping up in both fashion and beauty, from stunning gowns on the red carpet to eyeliner and nail polish in the drugstore—and everything in between! Like the amethyst it resembles, Radiant Orchid is able to complement just about any skin tone as it combines both warm and cool undertones.
The 3.40 Carat Emerald-Cut Amethyst Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold are a perfect example of this hue’s ability to flatter nearly anyone’s natural beauty. This pair features two 8mm high, rectangular-shaped stones, held in timeless basket settings, that are sure to brighten the face of anyone who wears them.
A Pantone press release calls Radiant Orchid “as adaptable as it is beautiful,” as well as “uplifting and bold without being overpowering,” emphasizing that it’s able to enliven any color palate. This versatile quality is seen in its ability to work well with neutral hues and bold tones alike. Likewise, amethyst jewelry is just as lovely with understated gray or khaki as it is paired with other vibrant tones such as teal or buttercup yellow.
For example, an amethyst pendant like the 2.15 Carat Amethyst and Diamond Pendant in .925 Sterling Silver would look equally gorgeous against a turquoise top as it would against a backdrop of black. The 10mm-high teardrop-shaped amethyst featured in this piece would wake up any outfit with its abundance of violet sparkle.
While amethyst rings and other piece of amethyst jewelry are a particular fashion-forward choice at present thanks to their ability to emulate Radiant Orchid, they’re also an investment. Amethyst has a long history of capturing imaginations, and it promises to do so for many years—and generations—to come.