What’s difficult, at least according to Kermit the Frog, is being green. However, his signature shade of chartreuse’y lime also happens to be the color of August’s birthstone, peridot (pronounced PEAR-uh-dot) – a refreshing treat for the eyes during the summer swelter of August!
Photo via Jewels du Jour
A Youthful Shade
August’s green, in particular when it’s chartreuse and/or lime, is a zesty shade that feels youthful, naive (in a good way) and playful. It is said to encourage those delicious feelings of anticipation we all enjoyed as kids and it helps to clean and clear the mind of negativity. One look around confirms that Mother Nature’s closet is well-stocked with green, probably because the color is associated with all things tranquil, restorative and balanced. Peace and love, too – it was the hue associated with both the Roman and Greek goddesses of love, Venus and Aphrodite. In Japan, green is the color of life eternal, while in Portugal, the promise of spring and fresh bursts of green whisper of hope. Considered a color of honor in the Scottish highlands, so Aztec chieftains similarly assigned royal overtones to the color, choosing regal quetzal plumes in green.
Photo via Color Wheel Artist
Even language can’t resist the lure of green:
- Good at gardening? Congrats on having a green thumb.
- Being eco-minded is also known as being green.
- Visiting with the green fairy, or better yet, la fée verte, definitely sounds better than “getting bombed on absinthe during happy hour” – or, should we say, l’heure verte (“the green hour”) as 5 pm was popularly known in the absinthe-obsessed 1860s.
- Unfortunately, too much green fairy tends to leave one green around the gills.
- Hmm…do green fairies know those Little Green Men from Mars?
- Don’t be green with envy. After all, the grass isn’t always greener…
- Don’t say newbie, say greenhorn!
- What every filmmaker wants to hear: their project just got green-lighted.
- Headed somewhere newer or better? Enjoy those greener pastures.
The Trend Continues
Green, according to the forecasting experts at Global Color Research, is a strong, warm-weather trend that will continue through Summer 2015. We loved their Emerge trendboard (top) and the way bright olive’y/lime looks on this half plastic, half wicker basket – definitely picture-perfect for juxtaposing the the natural with the manmade!
While exploring New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Color/Design Trends, Pantone created a series of color trendboards, including one called Serendipity featuring Bright Chartreuse (14-0445), a gorgeous version of olive’y peridot and definitely a happy surprise. “The literal meaning of Serendipity is a pleasant surprise or “a happy accident,” they note. “In the parlance of styling, it is the coming together of unlikely designs and unexpected colors. An outgoing orange engages cool eggshell blue, bright chartreuse is enhanced by a yellow gold and hot pink embraces a lofty scarlet, all under the watchful gaze of a Tiger’s Eye taupe.”
Peridot Makes the Perfect Accessory
Stars love this summer color too! Carly Rae Jepsen chose a ISHARYA lime green ring for a performance. The “Call Me Maybe” singer wore our Lime Green Louvre Resin Ring for a must have look! If you can’t get enough of the color (and really, who can?), be sure to slip on a matching Louvre cuff. And no, we haven’t forgotten your ears. Our Gypsy Earrings in “Apple” are 7cm of elegance, femininity and just the right amount of freespirited, summery boho.
Photo by ISHARYA Jewelry
Green is certainly fabulous, so be sure to tell us how you show off your green savvy using the hashtag #isharyalovesgreen!
Till next time…