Power to the Purple


Looks like it will be a magical and mysterious 2018! With the Pantone Color Institute announcing their color of the year as Ultra Violet 18-3838, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, shares that the color “communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.” As we stare deep into the depth of the color purple, we see an exceptional new year ahead of us.

Sitting on the color wheel, between our primary favorites red and blue, is the color purple. According to colormatters.com (am I a color geek for subscribing to their color newsletters?), “Purple’s rarity in nature and the expense of creating the color and has given purple a supernatural aura for centuries. Purple is also the most powerful wavelength of the rainbow – and it’s a color with a powerful history that has evolved over time. In fact, the origins of the symbolism of purple are more significant and interesting than those of any other color.” Read about this and much more in the colormatters article “The Meanings of Purple.”

In many ancient societies, purple stood for nobility and luxury. Today, the color conjures thoughts of magic (quick: what color is a wizard’s hat?). Think of light versions of the color and you might smell soothing lavender or visualize romantic florals. Go deep into your Prismacolor box, and you might sink into mourning, or laugh at a certain ridiculously purple dinosaur.

I leave you with purple musings, some projects to make this weekend, and a gallery of images to inspire you to incorporate ultra violet and other purple palettes in upcoming jewelry projects. I hope you enjoy!

Embracing all things purple

Add your purple thoughts, if you please.

Here's a few projects that we have on Facet to immediately satisfy your purple passion: 
Chain mail gemstone necklace
This chain mail gemstone necklace by Kimberly Berlin is delicate and gorgeous!
Spike beads bracelet
Kerrie Slade's Spike Beads bracelet provides a purple punch!

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