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Bue note /ˈblo͞o ˌnōt/ nounMUSIC
a minor interval where a major would be expected, used especially in jazz.
The blue yonder, the deep blue sea, the blue tent of sky: these out-of-reach places withhold from our touch most of the blue we experience.
Blue has an aloof, heavenly cachet. This is, perhaps, why blue signals value: blue ribbons, blue chip stocks, blue bloods.
Blue within reach, however, is rare.
Actually, blue's scarcity in nature is astounding. Most blue flowers are just purple masqueraders.
Blue mammals? Nope.
Blue makes few appearances in ancient paintings because there were so few sources from which to grind blue pigment.
Michelangelo, for instance, saved his Ultramarine Blue for the Sistine Chapel, a rare color in painting because its source, lazulite, was also rare.
Lazulite is also the source of lapis lazuli, the gemstone of the Beauty Pool Blues bracelet.
Lapis lazuli stones like these above have been bestowing status on wearers since 6,000 BCE, hanging from the pendants of Pharaohs, sealing documents for Mesopotamians, smudging the eyelids of Egyptian royals.
But lapis lazuli also carries the irony of a blue note, a note that is expected to arrive major, but shows up minor. This melancholic side gives lapis lazuli a complexity and gravity. Melancholic, but not hopeless, the lapis blue symbolizes the kind of sadness necessary to recognize happiness.
Wear the Beauty Pool Blues bracelet as a symbol of your rareness, your value, and your own complexity.