August’s Turquoise Crush

The calming color of turquoise. The fact that the color itself is said to heal the emotions, creating balance and stability warrants that the color should find its appeal particularly during the sultry days and nights of August. Turquoise is perhaps the ideal color to focus on as we approach the final days of Summer. Recharging our spirits, the tranquil blueish tone of light green is based on the gem turquoise, and is certainly an anecdote that can soothe the soul while invigorating our energies for the next season that is ahead. Interestingly, the term “Turquoise” comes from the French for ‘Turkish’. Who knew? In addition, the phrase “The Turquoise” is said to refer to the shallow waters of the Caribbean which take on the glorious color of turquoise in the sunlight. Representing water, the names aqua and aquamarine duly describe the glorious shades, including teal, that range from sky blue to deep greenish blues. Stunning and serene in every variation.

Perhaps the most calming, tranquil and cool color, this opaque blue-green mineral has been prized as a gem and ornamental stone for thousands of years. Rare and valuable in finer grades, this prized gem owes its appeal to its unique hue. In many cultures, this gemstone has been acclaimed as a holy stone and a bearer of good fortune. In Ancient Egypt, graves from approximately 3000 BC were furnished with turquoise inlay. In the ancient Persian Empire, it is said that the gems were worn around the neck or wrist as a protection. Of note, turquoise today is associated with the Middle East and the American Southwest. Either way you approach this color, whether its intrinsic qualities or its decorative appeal, its calm color is soothing and peaceful.

Consider the alluring shades of turquoise. Sky blue bliss and blue green seas… Like a breath of fresh air, swirling with sea breezes and cool waters, this color is sure to make an impact on your interiors and your personal attire. There are so many ways in which this cool color can infiltrate our lives. A “pop” of tranquil bliss, indeed.

Kristin

“More varied than any landscape was the landscape in the sky, with islands of gold and silver, peninsulas of apricot and rose against a background of many shades of turquoise and azure…”
-Cecil Beaton

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