by admin on December 8, 2012

healing green

when i read the pantone press release describing the symbolism of emerald green, i couldn’t help but think about politics:

“Radiant, jewel-toned Emerald promotes balance and harmony…”

balance and harmony….aren’t those qualities precisely what we need in the american political world at this moment?  the press release goes on to say:

“The 2012 Color of the Year, PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango, a spirited, reddish orange, provided the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward. Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world.”

rejuvenation, clarity, prosperity.  if this is the meaning of emerald green, i think they’ve nailed it.

however, green has not always had this meaning.  our textbook COLOR STUDIES explains:  “green…was regarded as an unlucky color, which probably dates back to the nineteenth century when the arsenic-based pigment, paris green, a fashionable emerald green color, was found to have caused several deaths.  people referred to the color as poison green.”  now isn’t that fascinating?

everything has it’s dark side, n’est-ce pas?

on the hunt for some harmony,




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