Thursday, May 13, 2010


Refreshing and chic, some shades of turquoise have an old-fashioned 50s and 60s retro feel. Teal has a darker, somewhat more sophisticated look. Like the mineral, turquoise shades range from almost sky blue to deep greenish blue.

The nature of turquoise has the same calming effects of the colours it's made up of. Technically a mix of blue and green, traditional turquoise has a sweet feminine feel while the darker teal shades add lively sophistication. Turquoise represents water.......think aqua and aquamarine......the curacao (yum).

I love turquoise. It reminds me of the years spent in Jamaica, teaching scuba to students every day in the pool (okay, not so turquoise) then off to 'Silver Spray Reef' , a then beautiful turquoise water 30ft dive, full of colour and ocean life. Unbelievable colour at that depth....bright yellow and black sargent major fish, the lilac colours of huge tube sponges and the typical Princess Parrotfish, common in Jamaican waters and on Jamaican dinner tables as well! but beautiful nonetheless. A true mix of blue to green on its body to meld into the perfect shade of turquoise.

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