Emerald Named PANTONE 2013 Color of the Year

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Pantone, the folks behind the standardized color reproduction system, has announced that the 2013 PANTONE Color of the Year is Emerald! Emerald is a vivid and rich green, often associated with the gemstone of the same name.

Twice a year the company hosts a secret meeting of representatives from various nations’ color standards groups. After two days of debate, they choose a color for the following year that helps guide future plans for fashion designers, florists, and many companies.

To celebrate the occasion, we’ve hunted down a few spectacular photos to showcase emerald’s selection. And be sure to share photographs of any great examples you may encounter with the hashtag #coloroftheyear.