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Beryl Blue

Matched to specimens of the precious stone, Beryl Blue, a paler version of Zircon blue. Beryl from the Greek Berullos, which referred to the precious blue-green colour of sea-water stone. Standardised in 1934. 

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Mandarin Blue

A descriptive name of one of the blues specially produced for China by British dyers at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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Aconite Violet

Aconite Violet is next, determined as 'representative of the flowers of Aconite, Wolf's - bane or Monkshood plant.Aconite has long been used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese Medicine. Aconite was also described in Greek and Roman medicine by Pliny the Elder, who most likely prescribed the Alpine species Aconitum lycoctonum. Folk medicinal use of Aconitum species is still practiced in some parts of Slovenia.

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