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Emerald, Pantone Color Of 2013: An Homage To The Vibrant Hue In Art (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Pantone, the color authority to which we are forever faithful, recently announced emerald is the official color of 2013! (Cue high fives between the Wicked Witch of the West and seapunks everywhere.)

While the Oxford Dictionary defines emerald as "a bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl," Pantone gets a bit more flowery with their language. They describe the bold hue as "a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."

In honor of its recent upgrade, we'd like to honor all things emerald in arts and culture. From piercing jungle backdrops to art deco haute couture, here are 15 examples of emerald in all its sumptuous glory.

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