Ever since the Pantone Color Institute announced its 2018 Color of the Year in early December, the fashion world has gone mad over Ultra Violet. Editors, bloggers and Instagrammers everywhere have embraced the blue-based purple hue, not to mention news anchors, talk show hosts, and Red Carpet royalty.
While it would be easy to dismiss this intense, almost neon purple as a passing fancy, it was clearly presaged by the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear collections. So it looks like Ultra Violet (with some subtle variations) will be with us for a while…and we think it makes a magnificent backdrop for cultured pearls of all types.
Pearls Go With Everything
Whether you choose spring’s romantic lavenders, as seen at Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham, or deeper purples, like those shown at Gucci and Versace, creamy white South Sea pearls and rosé-tone Akoya pearls are the perfect complement. Rare South Sea Golden pearls are particularly effective with fashions in the Ultra Violet family, as gold sits directly opposite purple on the designer’s color wheel. For a striking warm tone alternative, try it with a dash of coral – sophisticated coral jewelry is making a nice comeback this spring.
Tahitian black pearls, introduced to the world by Salvador Assael in the 1970s, display natural overtones of aubergine, with an almost iridescent glow. Whether round or baroque, kaleidoscopic Tahitians will stand up to Ultra Violet…with plenty of dark drama to spare.
The color purple has long been associated with royalty, nobility, and vestments of the church. In fact, at one time, commoners were precluded from wearing purple—it was reserved for members of royal families only.
Should you have even the slightest qualm about investing in this regal but somewhat challenging shade for spring, remember that the universe is conspiring to promote Pantone’s Color of the Year: Stay tuned for our coverage of the April 30 Met Gala, themed “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” and the May 19 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.