Before this year, emerald (to most) was merely a city in an old fantasy or a colorful metaphor for envy. Pantone, the highly acclaimed color authority company, decided that it was due time for emerald to transcend these stereotypes and become 2013’s “Color of the Year”. Pantone spoke highly of emerald, referring to the hue as “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” After years of eco-friendly ‘green’ practices and lifestyles becoming increasingly popular, the association with the shade needed a refresher, and becoming the Color of the Year is it. Incorporated in not only fashion, but also beauty products, home decor, and food presentation, emerald is making its (green) mark all over the world. Muted for blouses, brightened for walls, and matted for plates, emerald is the perfectly versatile shade for today’s trends. How will you incorporate emerald into your year?