What Jewelry to Wear with 2018 Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Every year the Pantone Color Institute travels the globe looking for color trends in pop culture, film, fashion, cars, cosmetics and housewares. The institute chooses a color that captures the zeitgeist or mood of the times and designate it as color of the year. The 2018 color is Ultra Violet, a dramatic shade of purple.

Already it is everywhere. The Olympic Games featured it in Pyeongchang at the Gangneung Ice Arena, the beautiful purple surround that was ever-present as the athletes competed in figure skating. NBC Olympic host Mike Tirico wore this color in his ensembles, jackets, ties and shirts. Celebrities such as actresses Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Helen Mirren, to name a few, have worn it on the red carpet. Even Queen Elizabeth has worn an Ultra Violet-colored suit.

At Heritage Auctions, we chose Ultra Violet as the color of the cover for our Spring Jewelry Auction catalog.

Pantone describes Ultra Violet as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade. Ultra violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us towards the future.”

Below, I’ve selected my favorite jewels in our Spring Fine Jewelry Auction that match this mood and color. Whether the jewels are Ultra Violet in color or simply complement someone wearing it, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Our Spring Fine Jewelry Auction will be held March 26 in Dallas, but collectors still can preview the lots before the auction:

Full Preview
March 16-18
Heritage Auctions–Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Blvd., 1st Floor
Beverly Hills, Calif. 90212

Reception Preview
March 22
Heritage Auctions – Design District Showroom
1518 Slocum Street
Dallas, Texas 75207

Full Preview
March 23-25
Heritage Auctions – Design District Showroom
1518 Slocum Street
Dallas, Texas 75207

Written by: Ruth Thuston
Ruth Thuston is Heritage Auctions’ Director of Fine Jewelry in Chicago.

Posted by Ruth Thurston

Director of Fine Jewelry, Chicago

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