Editor’s Letter: Jewelry Is Always a Winner

In a letter to his friend the French scientist Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote that “in this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” But he was wrong. For as long as anyone can remember, in both good times and bad and in every conceivable culture, people have been giving gifts to mark special occasions, with jewelry right at the top.

Pantone’s 2013 Color Choice Is Emerald

More formally known as Pantone 17-5641, Emerald is the Pantone Color Institute’s official 2013 Color of the Year. The optimistic new hue, it’s hoped, conjures up growth, renewal and prosperity, appropriate for an economy that seems to be on the mend. All manner of retailers, from fashion and houseware designers to fine jewelers are putting out products in the new star color.