jewel tone


Definition of jewel tone 

: any of various colors (such as amethyst, emerald, and ruby) that resemble those of gemstones

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Look for pieces that utilize bold jewel tones (emerald green is especially on-trend right now) to create focal points that give a sense of modern, not mod. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "How to Master a Modern Italian Look at Home," 28 June 2018 Feel free to play with other jewel tones in the room; the metallic acts as a neutral. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Wallpaper Styles That Will Wake up Your Living Room," 22 Jan. 2018 The 121 guest rooms feature four separate designs with monochromatic bases and pops of jewel tones and studded leather. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Martyn Lawrence Bullard Gives the Hotel Californian a Dose of Funk," 29 May 2018 In the video, which dropped Tuesday morning—just hours after the exuberance of Memorial Day barbecues finally faded into workweek torpor—a visibly pregnant Cardi shimmies down the block, adorned in jewel tones and copious statement jewelry. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Is the Song of the Summer," 29 May 2018 The ’80s have made a comeback on recent runways — especially below the ankle, where heels now come in vibrant jewel tones and glisten with crystals. Angela Koh, New York Times, "Bejeweled Party Shoes With ’80s Appeal," 24 Apr. 2018 Colors to keep in mind for winter: jewel tones, emerald, ruby, amethyst and, of course, black. Micaela English, Town & Country, "What "Black Tie" Means Now," 8 Sep. 2017 Reflective surfaces and jewel tones give a young woman's bedroom in a New York City apartment designed by Jamie Drake a dazzling richness. Sarah Yang, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Dazzling Bedroom Sitting Area," 14 May 2014 The new shades range from nudes to reds to unconventional jewel tones. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kat Von D Just Released 10 New Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Shades," 1 Mar. 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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