Trend Spotlight: Jewel Tones

by April Carpena in ,


The weather is cooling but your color game will be heating up with the jewel tone trend. What are jewel tones? Jewel tones are colors inspired by the rich colors of precious gemstones from rubies and sapphires to topaz and tourmaline.  Nothing against neutrals but if you want to capture the festive spirit of the season, try on these lovely gem-inspired hues for a bold change.

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A simple way to sharpen your cold weather outfits? Choose jewel tone accents to brighten your winter wardrobe. Staying warm suddenly becomes fun in jewel tone beanies, mittens and scarves. Socks, backpacks and even cell phone cases can catch on to this kaleidoscopic trend too. Guys can go with jewel-toned shoes and watches. And girls can extend the trend into their make-up. Winter blues are only allowed to stay this season if they’re sapphire-hued. 

Jewel tone Uggs 2013

Jewel tone Uggs 2013

The jewel tone trend might have its origins in Pantone’s color pick of the year for 2013 - Emerald, named after the brilliant green gem. Pantone is known around the world for providing color matching standards for everything from graphic design to textiles to paint. Every year since 2000, Pantone has hosts an annual meeting where a ‘Color of the Year’ is selected. This year's pick, Emerald, is described by Pantone as ‘a luminous, magnificent hue, the color of beauty, new life and prosperity’. To complement the color of the year, the whole spectrum can be a part of this brilliant trend:

Rich, radiant Emerald

Rich, radiant Emerald

According to Pantone, color can influence our thoughts, emotions and can even cause physical reactions. Jewel tones are evocative of thriving, beauty and vibrancy. If Pantone is correct, adding jewel tones to your wardrobe might have you feeling especially vivacious, rich and effervescent this year. From dazzling sequin shoes to a smudge of bright eyeliner, let us know how jewel tones are making you feel this season!

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