Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Turquoise

Turquoise is going to be big this year. Although I love all things pink and green, turquoise is wonderful because it is soothing and invigorating at the same time. Any time I see turquoise, in clothing, on household items, or on a collectible, it makes me think of a different place. It makes me think about the Caribbean. Turquoise takes me to a place where the sea is a unique blend of blue and green that sparkles on a sunny day.

This year, turquoise is Pantone’s color of the year. According to their website, “Turquoise inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.”
Turquoise is a color of nature. These gorgeous turquoise robin’s eggs represent new life and a new beginning.

Throughout history, many civilizations have valued turquoise because they believed that it had spiritual properties and provided good luck. While I was studying pre-Hispanic art during my master’s program in Mexico, I became fascinated with Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, who is one of the most well known and important gods to a number of ancient civilizations in Mexico. This mask, found in the British Museum, is covered with a turquoise mosaic. So many buildings, temples, and ceremonial pieces are encrusted with this precious stone.

Lilly Pulitzer incorporates turquoise into many prints for resort. Glistening Green Madly Glamourous is one of my favorites. (AP Photos)



How will you wear turquoise this spring?

xoxo

7 comments:

  1. I have a real weakness for turquoise and have always lusted after a squash blossom necklace. Think I must have been American Indian in a past life...XXOO

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  2. If I'm not wearing pink & green, I'm wearing blue & green. Turquoise is my fav shade of blue. It's good for the soul. :-) XOXO

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  3. It is CHEERFUL. If you live in a color deprived part of the country like me this is so appealing. I just bought a turquoise sweater. Matthew Finlason tweeted about this being a big color a few months back. I adore him & he is never wrong. Love the LIlly dresses you have in this post.

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  4. Well I love turquoise too! In fact, a variation of it is my second color in my wedding scheme! :)

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  5. Turquoise is such a beautiful color. It reminds me of the water and relaxation (also Tiffany boxes!!).

    I love putting turquoise and white together or turquoise and green. I love the last tunic you posted.

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  6. I love turquoise...it and looks so fabulous with green or pink!

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  7. Love turquoise...and I love wearing it with red!

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