Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

Get ready for a whole lot of purple in the next year…

Pantone Color of the Year 2014 Radiant Orchid

The Pantone Color Institute today announced that the 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid, succeeding 2013’s Emerald. This pinkish-purple shade appeared in Pantone’s Spring 2014 color report and was seen quite a bit on the Spring 2014 runways. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” I imagine it will be a booming year for pinkish-purple sapphires, tourmalines and spinels!

A ring from Tiffany & Co.'s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

A ring from Tiffany & Co.’s Soleste collection with a pinkish-purple sapphire.

L'Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d'un Style Orchid Brooch  featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

L’Odyssée de Cartier Parcours d’un Style Orchid Brooch
featuring a 46.12-carat purple tourmaline.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps 'Dentelle de Monograme' Ring  featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

Louis Vuitton Voyage dans le Temps ‘Dentelle de Monograme’ Ring
featuring a 9.50ct Tanzania spinel.

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Kara Ross Celebrates 10 Years with First Store

The new Kara Ross boutique at 655 Madison Ave. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The new Kara Ross boutique at 655 Madison Ave. (George Chinsee/WWD)

2013 marks 10 years in business for Kara Ross. The New York-based brand that started out with a focus on high-end jewelry has since expanded with diffusion lines, Kara by Kara Ross and Gemstone Collection, as well as luxe leather handbags, while continuing to create bold fine jewelry with an interesting mix of materials and textures.

Last week, another milestone was reached with the opening of the first standalone store at 655 Madison Avenue in New York City. A petite but beautiful space, 275 square feet, the store feels like the inside of a jewelry box (and isn’t that really what they should be?). Cream tones with gold accents serve as a backdrop for the fine jewelry collection and handbags that will be sold there, while other collections are available online or in one of the 50+ stores that carry her pieces.

The interior of the new Kara Ross boutique in NYC. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The interior of the new Kara Ross boutique in NYC. (George Chinsee/WWD)

The Fall 2013 Petra Collection featured in the window.

The Fall 2013 Petra Collection is featured in the window.

Pomellato Acquired by PPR (Kering)

Veleno Rings

‘Veleno’ Rings

Pomellato, the Italian fine jewelry company best known for its colorful baubles, has been acquired by PPR (soon to be known as Kering). Along with its lower priced sister brand Dodo, Pomellato has grown from its founding in 1967 to be the fifth biggest jewelry brand in Europe after Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Chopard and Bulgari.

PPR, who owns Boucheron and recently acquired Chinese brand Qeelin, has been actively looking to expand its jewelry portfolio.  The company owns a number of luxury brands such as Gucci, Balenciaga and Stella McCartney and it plans to invest in globally developing Pomellato so that it can compete with the bigger conglomerates.

Capri Rings

‘Capri’ Rings

Gemfields’ New Global Campaign ft. Mila Kunis

Gemfields Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis in a Fabergé emerald and diamond necklace.

Talk about fortuitous timing! With emerald being the color of 2013 it’s the perfect opportunity for a major ad campaign for jewelry featuring the gemstone. Gemfields, who specializes in ethically mining emeralds in Zambia, has chosen Mila Kunis as the company’s first brand ambassador.  A full ad campaign will be rolled out featuring pieces by Fabergé (recently acquired by Gemfields), Alexandra Mor, Dominic Jones and more.

Along with a revamped website in the spring, a new collaboration with 37 jewelry designers will be revealed in March.

Mila Kunis Gemfields Ad

Mila Kunis wearing an emerald and diamond ring by Alexandra Mor and emerald and diamond earrings by Shaun Leane.