There is no blue without yellow and without orange. ~ Vincent Van Gogh 

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Blue is the colour of light between violet and green on the visible spectrum.

The modern English word blue comes from Middle English bleu or blewe. In Russian and some other languages, there is no single word for blue, but rather different words for light blue and dark blue.

Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence.

However it is also sometimes associated with sadness.

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The earliest known blue dyes were made from plants – woad in Europe, indigo in Asia and Africa.

In the art and life of Europe during the early Middle Ages, blue played a minor role. The nobility wore red or purple, while only the poor wore blue clothing, coloured with poor-quality dyes made from the woad plant.

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King Louis IX of France, better known as Saint Louis (1214–1270), became the first King of France to regularly dress in blue. This was copied by other nobles.

Once blue became the colour of the King, it also became the colour of the wealthy and powerful in Europe. However, blue was replaced by black as the power colour in the 14th century, when European princes, and then merchants and bankers, wanted to show their seriousness, dignity and devoutness.

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Blue pigments were made from minerals, usually either Lapis Lazuli (a semi-precious stone mined in Afghanistan for more than three thousand years) or Azurite (a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits.) Today most blue pigments and dyes are made by a chemical process.

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In about the 9th century, Chinese artisans abandoned the Han blue colour they had used for centuries, and began to use cobalt blue, made with cobalt salts of alumina, to manufacture fine blue and white porcelain.

European courts tried for many years to imitate Chinese blue and white porcelain, but only succeeded in the 18th century after a missionary brought the secret back from China.

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In Egypt, blue was associated with the sky and with divinity. The Egyptian god Amun could make his skin blue so that he could fly, invisible, across the sky.

Blue could also protect against evil; many people around the Mediterranean still wear a blue amulet, representing the eye of God, to protect them from misfortune.

In the Islamic world, blue was of secondary importance to green, believed to be the favourite colour of the Prophet Mohammed.

Something old

Something new

Something borrowed

Something blue

And a silver sixpence in her shoe

Bride And Groom Stock PhotoSomething Blue is a phrase deriving from a saying about the items a bride should carry or wear on her wedding day for good luck.  The rhyme can earlier be found in an 1876 edition of Notes and Queries,  and is called an “ancient custom” in another 1876 book, Bye-gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties.

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Blue is my favourite colour and this piece of jewelry is also one of my favourite ones.

Therefore, here I am with this post, extracting some interesting facts about ‘Blue’ from Wikipedia to share with you lovely souls out there.

Last but not least, here’s another old song that I used to listen when I was young (but no…I am still not that old yet..LOL)

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