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Classic Blue

      Reliable and thoughtful, Classic Blue inspires calm, confidence and harmony. Serving as an anchor to the Spring/Summer 2015 palette, Classic Blue is a shade that is strong and reliable. Just as with the sea, because of its waterborne qualities, this Classic Blue is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.
Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

         Classic blue is called Ultramarine Blue in the world of paint. JH Bustonoby, in his classic 1939 book Color Mixing, says "The artificial process of making Ultramarine Blue was discovered by J.B. Guimet in France in 1826. In early times the genuine was obtained from the gem stone, lapis lazuli of Asiatic origin at an exorbitant price. The artificial and genuine Ultramarine are chemically the same."

Can you imagine obtaining some lapis lazuli, grinding into a powder, mixing it with an oil, and painting with it? Back in the day, a painter had to also be a chemist!

So here is my contribution to classic blue. It started from a pretty amazing and variegated slice of dried acrylic paint from the artist palette. Yes, crazy but true, I peel the paint from the palette and transform it into jewelry. 

In case you can't live without it,
 this piece is available at my Etsy store.
Classic blue is a great color to wear with denim.

What will you wear in classic blue this season?


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