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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February 11, 2013

Orange Juicy


For my 22nd birthday party, I held an Orange Party. Everyone had to wear the color orange and it was one of my favorite birthdays ever. We didn’t have a cake like this because we were all young and when you’re young, details like providing food at parties tends to just slip through the cracks. We did have some orange vodka there though I think, so we were on theme in that respect.

Anyway, back to my old lover; the color orange. There are so many shades of orange, and unlike a few other colors I could name (like pink. Ahem, dusty rose and mauve) I have never met a shade of orange I didn’t like. If orange was a temperature, it would be both warm and hot. If it were a flavor, it would be tangy and juicy. Orange can be sweet and spicy and anything that’s orange just tastes really good! At least in my opinion. Orange is a chameleon color. It changes so easily from warm to cool on the color wheel, and it all depends on what shades you use it with (this actually stands true for every color but especially for orange). Let’s say you have a fruit bowl filled with tangerines cherries and lemons. The colors would make a hot palette. Check out how warm this orange is compared to the next one:

Next to it, you have a desert offering of blueberry ice cream, cantaloupe and some fresh basil, this combination of shades creates a decidedly cooler palette, See?

Orange sapphires and aquamarine will cool you down, carnelian and garnets will warm you up. See how this works? Speaking of gemstones, we’re still in the middle of our 7 Weeks of Rainbows celebration
and that means we’re giving away a pair of shimmering gemstone earrings every week. This week, we have some hot faceted carnelian earrings up for grabs. The entry form is below and don’t forget–we are posting daily doses of color on our Facebook page. We have beautiful images, cool facts about colors and more. Join us!

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