Monday, February 16, 2015

Aquamarine



"Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. It is cool and calming, ethereal.Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer."                                                           Lee Eismann of Pantone

It is also the birthstone for March.






       The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its pale, cool color beautifully complements spring and summer wardrobes. 
In a wonderful old book by JH Bustanoby from 1939, called Color Manual,  there is a "recipe" for aquamarine oil paint. It is as follows:

16 parts zinc white
2 parts Cobalt Blue
1 part Yellow Ochre

Know what this tells me? It tells me that since the recipe calls for yellow ochre, aquamarine is a warm muted blue. What a soft, relaxing color to wrap up in! Here's a great wrap from Z Gallerie. (Wish I had this tonight, since it's below zero with a wind chill factor of -15. Ridiculous!) 


And speaking of wrapping up in it, here is my newest cuff bracelet in aquamarine and buff.



This cuff bracelet, as well as other new pieces in aquamarine,  is available at my Etsy store. Enjoy!

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