Emerald: Color of the Year and Timeless Jewels

The Pantone Institute named Emerald the 2013 Color of the Year, and it is appearing in all its splendor in all manner of designs. The most splendid examples of the hue, of course, are the gemstones for which the shade of green is named.

Emeralds are featured in a fashion spread in the March 2013 issue of Elle styling the models with a circa 1960s French influence. In the photo above, the model wears enormous diamond and emerald earrings from Helen Yarmak with a beaded blouse and pants ensemble from Giorgio Armani. She also wears a Patricia Underwood tulle hat, Miu Miu leather gloves, Falke fishnet tights, and Louis Vuitton sequined pumps, and she carries a metal clutch from Victoria Beckham.

In this second photo from the March issue of Elle, an emerald and diamond necklace from Jacob & Co. accents a knit top and printed faille skirt from Carolina Herrera. The model also wears a silk headband from Eugenia Kim, lambskin gloves from Causse Gantier, Emilio Cavallini tights and Marc Jacobs slingbacks, and she carries a Louis Vuitton sequined bag.

A photo in the June 2013 issue of InStyle features actress Julianne Moore wearing a Bulgari necklace of Colombian emeralds, noting: “According to Christie’s, Bulgari dropped more than $12 million to buy back these almost-85-carat Colombian-emerald pieces that Richard Burton had given to Elizabeth Taylor back in the ’60s. Bonus: You can detach the pendant to wear as a brooch!”

Actress Sally Field is pictured in an emerald and diamond necklace from Adeler in this photo from the February 18, 2013, issue of People magazine.

“How do you do emerald?” asks the April 2013 issue of InStyle magazine. Singer Beyoncé is pictured in Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings at the presidential inauguration.

A current ad for Gemfields features actress Mila Kunis wearing a Zambian emerald necklace.

The 29-year-old Kunis is “still settling into her role as spokesperson for the world’s largest supplier of colored stones,” according to the May 2013 issue of C California Style magazine. The company supplies gemstones to 37 jewelry brands, including The Gem Palace, whose Zambian emerald and diamond ring is spotlighted.  

Additional stunning examples of emerald jewelry appear in the following recent ads:

Earrings by Martin Katz.

Earrings by Leviev.

The April 2013 issue of InStyle spotlights emerald earrings. Marion Fasel writes: “Emeralds have a whimsical look for spring in earrings that show off their luminous hue. Unexpected motifs, unusual cuts, and flirty strands will complement formal gowns or a dress in the season’s romantic watercolor prints.” The earrings pictured are from Jennifer Meyer, LFrank Jewelry by Liseanne Frankfurt, Judy Geib Plus Alpha, Loree Rodkin, and Coomi.

In the February 2013 issue of People Style Watch, actress Sophia Vergara is pictured on three separate occasions wearing her own emerald drop earrings. For those who want the look but not the price tag, the magazine suggests cubic zirconia and sterling silver earrings from Emitations.com.