The Colour of 2018

Pantone has announced the colour of the year 2018 as ultraviolet, following a froggy-green 2017. "We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination," Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute explained. "It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Ultraviolet is made by mixing blue and red, two seemingly opposed shades, to make something entirely new. A little bit more blue or a drop of red and it's a completely different shade. Ultra Violet is one of the most complex colours. Surprisingly, nature is creating it easily. "Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own," Pantone stated.

Ultraviolet is sure dramatic and provocative enough. It also requires some special care because this colour is not an easy one to wear. I worked hard to find the right combination of ultraviolet shades that is a match with the right clothes, skin tone and occasion. I soon figured out that the most beautiful ultraviolet can be found in the void between stars when we look up with augmented vision. Huge telescopes and especially the Hubble Space Telescope can see the most beautiful ultraviolet shades. Mere mortals like us can also see the exact same colours when we look not up, but down to the ground, like the divine might be looking down to us. These flowers are extremely complex and might scratch the limits of the simple spectrum of human vision, forever making us think that there might be more behind what we see. I enclosed these miracles in clear resin so they keep their shade for the times to come. Do wear them and show it's your choice to wear this noble colour. Ultraviolet is making resin jewellery a real statement piece. It's time to get into the colour purple.