“Toutes les couleurs amènent des associations d’idées concrètes, matérielles et tangibles, tandis que le bleu rappelle tout au plus la mer et le ciel, ce qu’il y a de plus abstrait dans la nature tangible et visible.” – Yves Klein
(All the colours bring associations with concrete, material and tangible ideas, while Blue reminds everybody at most of the sea and the sky, which is the most abstract in tangible and visible nature)

Blue is the most ethereal of the colours and the one with the greatest number of shades. It represents calm, loyalty and harmony. We live on a ‘Blue Planet’ with its oceans and skies; some stars are Blue and as a colour, it seems to have a universe all to itself.

Blue always evokes the celestial domain, sacrality, freedom and spirituality but also depth and mystery.

In Alchemy it represents the element Air, the mediator between Water and Fire.

The cities of Chefchauen in Marocco and Jodhpur in Indiaare painted in Blue

Amun-Ra

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Blue was not a colour used by early humans, as the pure pigment is difficult to obtain from nature. It occurred much later, with the discovery of Lapis Lazuli in the mines of Afghanistan.Ancient Egyptians were the first to create a synthetic Blue pigment, mixing pulverised silica, copper shavings and lime.  For them, Blue represented the creator-god Amun and it protected against evil.

Minerals like cobalt – to create Blue hues – were employed only for glazes and stained glass, imitating Lapis Lazuli. The best example of Blue glaze carried out on a vast scale is surely the Babylonian Ishtar Gate which still retains it glorious hue.

Blue was adopted by nobility when King Louis IX of France became the first monarch regularly to dress in that colour.

In China, Blue is commonly associated with torment, ghosts, and death, whereas according to rabbinic sages, Blue is the colour of God’s Glory.

The Tuareg of the Sahara are called ‘the Blue men of the desert’ because the Blue dye they use for their clothing seeps onto their skin.

The term ‘Blue blood’ comes from the Spanish sangre azul as the pale skin of their nobility made their Blue veins more evident.

In Catholicism Blue is associated with the Virgin Mary as her veil was nearly always coloured Blue.

In Hinduism, Blue is the colour of the skin of the god Vishnu – the world preserver – as well as his incarnations as Krishna and Rama. It symbolises infinite force and the immeasurable and all-pervading reality.

In Tibetan Buddhism Blue is the colour of universal conscience and elevated Knowledge.

The Blue Buddhist flag represents the spirit of ‘Universal Compassion’.

In Judaism it is the colour of memory.

In Feng shui, Blue represents the element water , communication, seriousness, authority and healing. It’s associated with the directions East and South-East

Michael, the Archangel of protection and strength, is linked to Blue.

Blue is the colour of the throat chakra.

Blue crystals

Blue crystals have a calming, relaxing and soothing effect. They encourage stability, both physical and mental. They are recommended when going through diffucult emotions and when comfort is needed.
They are not suitable for mild, calm temperaments or where energy is required.

Sapphire

Concentration, inner balance, wisdom and insights and as a shield against negativity.

crystal system: Hexagonal

Blue Lace Agate

To develop self-expression and communication, to re-balance especially after a trauma, to calm down after a bout of anger and to balance your sensitive side.
crystal system: Trigonal

Kyanite

Yin-yang balance, help meditating, aligning chakras, stimulating mind, intuition and concentration.
crystal system: Triclinic

Celestite

Peace, to stimulate intuition, connection with higher realms, creativity and greater harmony in life.
crystal system: Orthorhombic

Azurite

Connecting and developing intuition, to remove stress, let go of sadness, for detoxing both physically and mentally.
crystal system: Monoclinic