The Emerald Green Color Code: History, Meaning, Usage & Colors That Go With Emerald Green

Everything About The Emerald Green Color Code

Emerald green is a captivating rich shade of green that consists of bright blue and green tones. Like all greens, it’s a combination you can achieve by mixing yellow and blue paint. While there’s no exact ratio of how much to use of each color, true emerald green has a bit stronger blue accent. As a rule of thumb, the more you add, the darker the tone will become. Emerald green is anything but a regular color. It has an interesting history and great power to enrich one’s look. If you’re interested to play with emerald green makeup, emerald green hair or simply incorporate this tone into your outfits or home decor, keep reading to find out more about the emerald green color code.

Shades of the Emerald Green Color Code

Historically, emerald green is known as “Paris green,” “Veronese green,” or Imperial green.” These names, however, are less common today. But they all represent a medium shade of green, brighter than teal and olive tones and darker than neon and acid green tones.

The History of Emerald Green

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The name emerald green was first used centuries back, in 1598. This green tone got its name after the emerald gemstone. The color was very popular in the 1800s when artists have used it as paint, families have used it as a household paint and fashion-forward people have used it to dye their clothes. You can also see stunning examples of emerald green in artwork by the likes of Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. The problem at that time was that the color was made with arsenic which caused many health issues. For this reason, people stopped using it. Luckily today, emerald green is completely safe to use. In more recent times, emerald green was also announced as Color of the Year in 2013.

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Written by Ivana Steriova
Ivana Shteriova Karaniku is the content manager and a contributor at She is a fashion and makeup obsessive with a huge passion for writing. Although she holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and auditing, her love for all things fashion and beauty won her heart. Now, she is a full-time freelancer.