07 December 2012

what's in a name? (a semi-precious post)

emerald:

jade:


just sayin'.

thought i needed to add a postscript here: this post isn't meant to be critical of pantone's color choice (it's a perfectly pretty color) as it is meant to point out how subjective color really is, and especially its nomenclature- one person's emerald is another person's jade is another person's spruce, and on and on...  the end result is it really doesn't matter *what* a color is called if it doesn't appeal to you!

7 comments:

Corinne - Emerald Green Interiors said...

Well there is Emerald and Emerald. It's a stone like jade and depending on the quality it varies greatly in color. Check out this little 9 carat one that sells for $219,500.00: http://tinyurl.com/cagh3el
Looks pretty close to Pantone's color of the year. Just sayin :)

maison21 said...

corinne- color me corrected! your stone, and pantone's colors are very, very close, and with your firm name, i of course, bow to your expertise in the field! ;-)

Corinne - Emerald Green Interiors said...

Lol, I wish this stone was mine!

mary said...

I'll take that 9.21 emerald neat. No wrapping needed. As for Pantone's color of the year? A bit whimpy??
Mary

Evelyn M said...

Actually, I agree with your last line. It doesn't matter what its called if you don't like it! As an Interior Designer and artist my opinion is that this colour should be appreciated in SMALL doses. Just like Fuschia. It is much too intense to be blanketed everywhere. That just creates a lot of unrest for the eyes, and therefore an uncomfortable space.

Sofia - As We Travel said...

I completely agree. Sometimes I get the feeling that they come up with fancy names to make colors seem more appealing, making you associate them with your favorite gem or the "ocean breeze" or whatever.

For example, a ski jacket with a color called "racer blue" will make you associate the color with professional racers, and make you want it more.

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

There are yellow and pink emeralds so Pantone was being a little narrow minded...