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Beryl Blue

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

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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CHARTREUSE GREEN No. 79

CHARTREUSE GREEN No. 79

A colour name from the liqueur standardised in 1934, the liqueur was manufactured at the Grande Chartreuse Monastery, near Grenoble (France) by Carthusian monks, from 1607 until 1901, when the monks left for Tarragona, in Spain. There are two principal types of Chartreuse sold, the one being green in colour and of very high alcoholic strength. A naturally green liqueur made from 130 herbs, plants and flowers macerated in alcohol and steeped for 8 hours. The first recorded use of Chartreuse as a colour name was in 1884.

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