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Friday, April 3, 2009

Pantone's Fall 2009 Color Report

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PANTONE® fashion COLOR REPORT fall 2009

Subtle contrasts, like those found in a painter’s masterpiece, make up the diverse color palette for fall 2009. Designers play with a broad spectrum of unique color combinations this season, resulting in distinct, yet cohesive color palettes.

“The fall 2009 palette is more unique and thoughtful than the typical autumnal hues of years past,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Designers recognize the desire for fundamental basics that speak to current economic conditions, but also understand the need to incorporate vibrant color to grab the consumers’ eyes and entice them to buy.”

A natural choice during uncertain times, patriotic American Beauty, a wonderfully balanced, true red, speaks to the need for cohesiveness. Perfect for all skin tones, American Beauty is a feel-good color.

Purple Heart connotes a sense of refinement and sensuality, adding an air of creativity and excitement to the top 10, especially when paired with American Beauty.

A warmer, more subdued Honey Yellow carries the 2009 color of the year, PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa, through to fall and winter with its golden tones. Pairing Honey Yellow with its color wheel opposite, Purple Heart, will surely add a surprising flair. Or, for a more typical fall combination, group Honey Yellow with Burnt Sienna and Iron.

Strong yet understated Iron serves as the “new black,” making traditional basics much more interesting. Neither gray nor brown, Iron is a grounding color that coordinates well with all colors in the palette. Crème Brûlée, a grayed-down beige, and Nomad, which bridges the gap between beige and light gray, also speak to the need for timeless neutrals. All three classics can stand alone or serve as anchors when paired with other colors.

Fall would not be complete without a seasonal favorite like Burnt Sienna, a deepened, earthy shade of orange, reminiscent of an autumn sunset. Pair this versatile hue with Nomad and Rapture Rose for a different twist.

Adding spark to the fall palette, Rapture Rose artfully captures the vibrancy of fuchsia and the softness of pink. Underscored by nurturing and feminine tones, the addition of Rapture Rose enlivens the more traditionally subdued fall hues. Look for it in cosmetics as well as clothing and accessories.

Like the olive in a martini, Warm Olive, a rich yellow-green, adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to fall. When combined, this tangy, intriguing hue makes all other colors come alive. Look for it paired with Majolica Blue, a deep, mysterious teal blue with more vibrancy than the usual navy. Majolica Blue brings an exotic flair to the group, especially when paired with Burnt Sienna or Purple Heart.

Each season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to identify the 10 most directional colors. Like a painter’s palette, fall 2009 offers choice and diversity, but the unique integration of colors is what makes it so appealing.

Colors vary on different monitors - go to Pantone's site for a downloadable .pdf file with this info.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

EBF3 - Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication

What - you may be asking does this have to do with Jewelry Manufacturing?

I was reading Steven Adler's article on the future of CAD/CAM - think about it - you design it feed the info to the EBeam and skip the was stage - it builds your model in metal!!!

GOOD READ - JCK Online - Blogs

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bench Jewelers Conference & Expo!

Bench Jewelers Educational Conference

Thursday through Saturday April 23 – 25, 2009
Internet Marketing Seminar April 26, 2009

Produced BY Bench Jewelers FOR Bench JewelersWe Know
and Understand Your Needs and Concerns

at the

Millennium Hotel 200 S. 4th St, St. Louis, MO
The Educational Conference will have a new format this year and will run from Thursday through Saturday. Attend one, two, or all three days.
There will be Seminars, Bench Demonstrations, Networking Opportunities, Discussion Groups, Meals and MORE!
Whether you are a beginner looking to develop your skills and build your career or a seasoned veteran of the bench looking to refresh your skills and rejuvenate your career, the conference programs will help jump-start your creativity and motivate you to accomplish your goals.
Bench Jewelers Conference is open to all Bench Jewelers including Professional and Serious Hobbyist. DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY to meet with other jewelers in a relaxed atmosphere.
Seminars Include:
Lasers - Setting, Fabrication, CAD, Repairs and Advanded Techniques
Platinum - Working with, Casting
Palladium and other Alternative Metals
Repair Tips
Stone Setting - princess cuts, pave, bead setting
...and lots more!
I attended this event in Los Angeles last year - I learned as much on the floor of the expo center as I have in class...several students took seminars and had nothing but glowing praise for the amount of good, current info provided by teachers who were actually Jewelers currently working in the Industry!
This is a great event for bench jewelers and those studying to work at the bench.
Robyn Hawk

Etsy on Sunday Morning


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