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As you've likely heard, emerald green was selected as the 2013 Pantone color of the year. Why? It's described as: "Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony." Read on to see some of the prettiest emerald green fashion and beauty picks including handbags, dresses, nail polish and more.

1. Emerald Green Nail Polish

british racing green

Finding a true emerald green nail polish can be a bit of a challenge, but Butter London nails it with British Racing Green Nail Lacquer. The color got its name from the color of British Formula One race cars; back in the pre-sponsorship days all British race cars were this color. No wonder the classic has graced many a runway. The formula, like all Butter London polishes, contains no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.

Application tip:It's great for toes, too!

The Butter London British Racing Green Nail Lacquer sells for $15.

2. Emerald Cocktail Ring

mark faux emerald ring

The only problem with real emeralds is that they are notoriously soft and break easily. That's just one more reason not to spend a lot on an emerald cocktail ring, especially when this Serious Rock Ring from Mark is so darn sexy. The ring features a goldtone setting with clear pavé cut-glass details. The band is adjustable to fit a range of ring sizes.

The Serious Rock Ring from Mark currently sells for $18.

3. Emerald Green Blouse

michael stars blouse

A jersey emerald green blouse makes for an easy layering piece. This Michael Stars Slub Collar Blouse flows easily under sweaters or blazers giving your outfit just the right pop of emerald or simply wear with a favorite pair of jeans or jean shorts. The long sleeves are elasticized adding one more element of ease. The blouse is 50 percent Supima cotton and 50 percent modal and machine washable.

The Michael Stars Slub Collar Blouse is one-size fits all and currently costs $80.

4. Emerald Green Handbag

green handbag

You'll get four seasons of where out of a slim green handbag. This Melie Biaco Zeta bag features edgy studs and a polka dot lining. The removable strap is adjustable so this can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag (great for bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day!). Plus, since green is the color of money, it's good feng shui to have a green bag.

The Melie Biaco Zeta bag measures 7 1/2-inches high, 12 1/2-inches long and the strap can have up to a 24 3/4-inch drop.

5. Emerald Green Dress

emerald green dress

Green may traditionally mean go, but you'll stop traffic in this Kate Middleton-esque dress. The crossover V-neck dress from Lauren Ralph Lauren features flattering three-quarter length sleeves, ruching at the waistline and pullover styling. It's made of a polyester/elastane blend so can be worn year round.

The Lauren Ralph Lauren crossover V-neck dress is available in sizes xis through 16 and currently costs $134.

6. Emerald Green Eye Shadow

emerald shadow

Emerald green and other sea-worthy hues were all over the runways for this spring. Nervous about trying it? With this ELLE Cosmetics Eyeshadow #17, you can either go for a sheer wash of color or layer it for more vibrant depth. Use it wet with an eyeliner bush to line eyes.

Application tip: Green eye makeup typically look the prettiest on those with brown or hazel eyes. Pair it with nude or pale pink lipstick or gloss.

The ELLE Cosmetics Eyeshadow #17 costs $16.

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