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52 Weeks of Colour Catch-up Part 2

This is Part 2 of my attempt to get up to date with Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Colour Challenge.

week 32 – Jade

Jade, also called jade green is a representation of the color of the gemstone called jade, although the stone varies widely in hue. (Please note that the term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: Nephrite and Jadeite. In Nephrite, the higher the iron content the greener the colour.)

Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form (known in China as “mutton fat” jade) as well as in a variety of green colours, whereas jadeite shows more colour variations, including blue, lavender-mauve, pink, and emerald-green colours. Of the two, jadeite is rarer, documented in fewer than 12 places worldwide. Translucent emerald-green jadeite is the most prized variety, both historically and today. As “quetzal” jade, bright green jadeite from Guatemala was treasured by Mesoamerican cultures, and as “kingfisher” jade, vivid green rocks from Burma became the preferred stone of post-1800 Chinese imperial scholars and rulers. Burma (Myanmar) and Guatemala are the principal sources of modern gem jadeite, and Canada of modern lapidary nephrite. Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China as well as in New Zealand, the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coasts of North America, Neolithic Europe, and south-east Asia. In addition to Mesoamerica, jadeite was used by Neolithic Japanese and European cultures.

The color name jade green was first used in Spanish in the form piedra de ijada in 1569.  The first recorded use of “jade green” as a color name in English was in 1892.

In Chinese culture, if one wishes to express one’s love for someone, one gives them something made of the gemstone jade or an object that is colored jade.

Skin – Right – Curio | Airhead  ;  Left – .ILLUSORY. | Paige Warmth | Stained A4 (DB)

Hair – Right – .ILLUSORY. | Kimmi | Strawberry  ;  Left – Raspberry Aristocrat | Jess Hair | Black Beauty

Pants – (vive9) | Legal Attention Pants | Abyss

Top – Absolution | Military Top | Green

Boots – *Kookie* | Armarda boot | black wash

week 34 – Mauve

Mauve from the French form of Malva “mallow”) is a pale lavender-lilac color, one of many in the range of purples.  Mauve is more grey and more blue than a pale tint of magenta would be. Many pale wildflowers called “blue” are actually mauve. Sometimes mauve can be considered a dirty pink or a shade of purple.  Mauve can also be described as pale violet.   Another name for this color is mallow.  The first recorded use of mallow as a color name in English was in 1611.

It was the first artifical dye.  Mauve was first named in 1856. Chemist Sir William Henry Perkin, then eighteen, was attempting to create artificial quinine. An unexpected residue caught his eye, which turned out to be the first aniline dye – specifically, Perkin’s mauve or mauveine, sometimes called aniline purple. Perkin was so successful in recommending his discovery to the dyestuffs industry that his biography by Simon Garfield is titled Mauve.  As mauveine faded easily, our contemporary understanding of mauve is as a lighter, less saturated color than it was originally known.

Skin – .ILLUSORY. | Paige Warmth | Stained A4 (DB)

Hair – Raspberry Aristocrat | Jess Hair | Black Beauty

Top – MNK*Shop | Frill cami | Amethyst

Pants – (vive9) | Legal Attention Pants | Abyss

Boots – *Kookie* | Armarda boot | black wash

week 31 – Denim

The word comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called serge, originally made in Nîmes, France. Originally called serge de Nîmes, the name was soon shortened to denim. Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue “jeans”, though “jean” then denoted a different, lighter cotton textile; the contemporary use of jean comes from the French word for Genoa, Italy (Gênes), where the first denim trousers were made.

Skin – .ILLUSORY. | Paige Warmth | Stained A4 (LBF)

Hair – Raspberry Aristocrat | Asuka | Blonde Flax

Jacket – Magi Take | denim jacket | indigo ]

Tee – Tres Blah | Used Raglan

Shorts – *COCO* | Denim Shorts

Sneakers – Maschienenwerk | Leather Chucks

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