Is This Color Blue? Maybe Not


Turns out, blue is not only a color that’s rare in nature, but it’s almost impossible to recreate. In order to do so, you need to dive into the physics of color.

Can Some People See More Colors Than You?

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Blue Through the Centuries: Sacred and Sought After
“The first stable blue colorant used in the ancient world came from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone mined in Afghanistan beginning about 6,000 years ago.”

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue?
“Some butterfly scales are colored by pigments. But others rely on something called “structural color” -– the production of color by nano-sized elaborate shapes that reflect and bend light. Structural color is why we perceive the Morpho butterfly, a dazzling type of blue butterfly found in South America, Mexico and Central America, as bright blue”

Why blue is the costliest colour
“The ancient Greeks had no word for blue as we know it today – Homer described the sea as “wine-dark” in the Odyssey – and neither can it be found in the Icelandic sagas, the Koran, ancient Chinese stories or myriad other texts.”

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