Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

March 20, 2013

Purrrrrrple

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Purple is the color of royalty and it came to be so because the pigment used to create the color purple (derived from a sea snail called the spiny dye-murex) was so arduous to source that only the very rich could afford to purchase fabric of that color. The process of making the dye was long, difficult and expensive. Thousands of the tiny snails had to be found, their shells cracked, the snail removed. Mountains of empty shells have been found at the ancient sites of Sidon and Tyre. The snails were left to soak, then a tiny gland was removed and the juice extracted and put in a basin, which was placed in the sunlight. There a remarkable transformation took place. In the sunlight the juice turned white, then yellow-green, then green, then violet, then a red which turned darker and darker. The process had to be stopped at exactly the right time to obtain the desired color, which could range from a bright crimson to a dark purple, the color of dried blood. Then either wool, linen or silk would be dyed. The exact hue varied between crimson and violet, but it was always rich, bright and lasting (Anne Varichon, Couleurs-pigments dans les mains des peuples, p. 135)

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When I think of purple, I think of lilacs and grape soda and morning glories, and it does remind me of princesses. When I was a girl, I would always fantasize about being a princess in long purple velvet gowns, riding my unicorn, picking juicy grapes off of twisted vines, waiting for a prince to come distract me. Purple represents pure fantasy for me, but there’s a softness too. It’s a comforting color. I mentioned in an earlier post that I often think of people as embodying a color and my oldest daughter is a purple girl. I’m not sure why but it’s something I’ve seen in her, before she was born even…there’s a richness and royalty to her countenance, an effortlessness; she just doesn’t seem to struggle the way some of us do and that, in a nutshell is what purple represents to me.

We’re on our last week of 7 weeks of Rainbows Celebration and that means…Amethyst earrings are up for grabs!! This is the last pair we’re giving away and amethyst seems to be a collective favorite in the stone department. Enter below to win and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for daily doses of color…
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March 12, 2013

Blue like the sky

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Blue is the most popular color in the world. Did you know that? Because blue is the color of the sky and water, the human mind perceives it as “a constant” and therefore the color blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed. Overuse it though, and it becomes cold and uncaring. Have you ever been in a room with blue walls that feels cold? I know I have. I will admit that blue has never been one of my favorites; I love a gorgeous azure sky and the multifaceted turquoise and teal of the sea fills me with awe, but I’m picky when it comes to the shades of blue that I really like. I guess, for me– most blues seem stodgy and boring. No powder or periwinkle or electric blue for this girl. Even as I write this I’m staring at my blue Microsoft screen and thinking how dull and drab it is. Bottom line, you probably won’t ever find me painting my walls blue. Now, this isn’t to say that I can’t appreciate certain shades of blue, especially shades of blue that have a lot of green in them — dark teal, Indian ink and cobalt? Yes please, especially in clothing. Go figure.

Blue is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women. Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue (how did they figure that out?), mosquitoes are twice as attracted to blue as they are to any other color (note to self), people are often more productive in blue rooms (maybe I should paint my walls blue).

Physically, the color blue cools, calms and sedates and aids intuition. I guess I can see why it’s such a popular color. There are some very comforting things about the good old color blue. It’s like the steadfast old dog that comes out to greet you every day when you come home. Solid, dependable and predictable.

Speaking of blue–this week we have blue chalcedony earrings up for grabs. Oddly enough, after all my nay-saying about the color blue–I laugh because I realize that the blue earrings are the ones I stole from the collection and have been wearing for 5 weeks now! Maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to blue–I think I DO like it. A lot! (Don’t worry, the ones I send the winner will be brand new because I am keeping my pair for myself). Don’t forget to check out the facebook page too for daily doses of blue and cool facts too.
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March 5, 2013

Green like the grass…

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The final weeks of winter are upon us which means rolling fields and leaves of green are on the horizon. Green is my favorite color and coming from a self described color addict, that’s saying something. I like it in emerald, chartreuse, pine, lime, zucchini and pickle (for a start). It a color that represents freshness, new beginnings, health and vibrancy.

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In color theory, green is considered a secondary color, meaning that its created by mixing 2 primary colors together (blue and yellow). One of the main principles in color theory is “harmony”. In visual experiences, harmony is something that is pleasing to the eye. It engages the viewer and it creates an inner sense of order, a balance in the esthetic experience. The greens on any color palette are consistently the most harmonious alongside any color. Now, this is strictly my personal opinion (but it’s true!). Using nature as an example: Find a color in nature that isn’t complimented by its naturally green backdrop. Next to impossible right?

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As most of you know, we’re in the middle of our “7 Weeks of Rainbows” celebration which means that we’re celebrating color in all of it’s glorious shades. We’re also giving away a pair of earrings a week (in the color of the week) to a lucky winner. So far, we’ve done garnets (juicy and berry red), carnelian (fiery orange) and citrine (bright, honey colored yellow). This wek, we’re doing green apple quartz! Remember that quartz is one of the most powerful stones you can wear, especially right next to your brain (aka ears). Quartz is the stone of clarity and wearing it helps to enhance your own personal clarity. So we’re combining the harmony of the color green and the clarity of the quartz crystal. Should be a power duo! Enter below. Remember too, to check out our facebook page for daily eye candy in the shades of the week.
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