Ultra Violet: Color of the Year

The Pantone Color Institute announced the Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet 18-3838. Ultra violet is purple with a blue undertone. It represents creativity, breaking barriers, a new age of culture and experimentation. Think technological advances, higher social awareness and appreciation for individuality and uniqueness.

Purple passion will be taking over your fashion, your Manic Panic® Ultra Violet hair dye, your nail polish and of course, your jewelry. The sky is the limit - creatively!

Ultra Violet is described as mystical, spiritual, meditative, enigmatic, complex and contemplative; unconventional, inspirational and evocative of artistic brilliance.

Artistic brilliance brings to mind the purple majesty of singer Prince, who passed away too young in 2016. The Pantone Color Institute honored Prince with his own special shade of purple last year, Love Symbol #2. It appears Prince is still inspiring color for 2018 and was recently honored by Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl LII halftime show.

"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."  - The Pantone Institute

This year's color invites you to open your horizons, dream and create your future because the future is now. Think of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Space travel becoming available to private citizens and Elon Musk's exploration of the possibility of living on other planets.

Broaden Your Ultra Violet Gemstone Horizon

The most popular purple gemstone is amethyst however there are several other choices for purple gemstones. Sapphire, Garnet, Chalcedony, Iolite, Kunzite, Tanzanite and Spinel are just a few colored gemstones that have exquisite purple varieties. Set in white gold, yellow gold, silver or platinum these high fashion gems are sure to be one of your favorite accessories.

Is The 1st Place Olympic Medal Pure Gold?
Interesting Facts About the Modern Olympic Medals

  • The core composition for all three medals is .999 fine silver.
  • The gold and bronze metals are an overlay of gold and bronze on solid .999 fine silver.
  • The base weight of the gold and silver medals is over 20 troy ounces, the bronze, a little over 17 troy ounces. (1 troy ounce = 1.09714 avoirdupois ounces)
  • The gold metal plating is 1/5 ounce (6.2207 troy grams) of .999 fine gold.
  • The current melt value of a gold medal is around $575.00, the silver medal is around $320.00 and the bronze medal is around $270. (as of February 2018)
  • The 2018 PyeongChang medal designs were created  South Korean designer Lee Suk-Woo and feature a distinct Korean flavor.

We've come a long way from the early Olympic games where the victor of an event was awarded with a “victory wreath” made from olive trees.

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