Amongst the spectrum of dazzling colours displayed by the baltic amber stone, one colour in particular really stood out in the past year. And, according to Pantone, we're going to be seeing a lot more of it in 2017.
Pantone announced that its Colour of the Year 2017 is 'Greenery'. A bright and revitalising shade, with a "fresh and zesty yellow" hue. It reminds us of flourishing flora, the great outdoors and the beauty of nature.
"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yarn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose"
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute
Pantone began its 'Colour of the Year' selection back in 2000, predicting as an international group what will be the next big 'tinge' in the worlds of fashion, interior and accessories. Pantone expressly stated that colour "has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times."
But whilst it may be difficult to imagine a single colour reflecting the entire mood of mankind, after the world's tumultuous events of 2016, the uplifting shades and omnipresent hue of fresh green might be just what we need .
Looking back at 2016, shades of green have been popping up everywhere in the jewellery world: with Bayco's Emeralds, Lydia Courteille's "Queen of Sheba" collection, Dior's special edition accessories. As well as being just as prominent on the runway, at Gucci, Kenzo, Michael Kors, Zac Posen, and Cynthia Rowley.
Termed “nature’s neutral” and a versatile "trans-seasonal shade", Greenery lends itself to many palettes in an array of styles. We're particularly fond of Pantone's "Rev it Up" look, pairing daring blue and yellow tones, with contrasting orange, pink and green hues, alongside neutral shades of black, white, grey and pastel pink.
"The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world."
The Green tones of amber jewellery make up about 2% of all Amber found across the Baltic Sea. With its green hues ranging from 'Greenery', to Pantone's 2013 Colour of the Year, 'Emerald'. This spectrum of green tones can occur naturally, but also created artificially through the manipulation of the light's effect on yellow amber. It is a truly versatile, semi-precious stone, eagerly waiting for Pantone's next chosen colour, to add something unique, to each year's much-anticipated trend.
With Paris Fashion Week in full swing, let's take a look at the jewellery trends that bombarded the catwalk as the AW17 season comes to a close.