Tuesday, May 11, 2010


My new favourite word and colour is Heliotrope. According to Wikipedia, Heliotrope is a pink-purple tint that is a representation of the color of the heliotrope flower.

Another name for this color is vivid lavender.

The first recorded use of Heliotrope as a color name in English was in 1882.

Where did my new found love of Heliotrope come from? Why Swarovski, of course.

Here's some other info on it from ezinearticles.com by Tom Vogel.

What is Swarovski crystal Heliotrope?

A detailed description of Swarovski crystal heliotrope colour.

Deep sparkling purple radiance.

As it's floral namesake would imply, the Swarovski 'Heliotrope' crystal colour is based around a luxuriant mixture of purple tones, bathed and enhanced in reflective brilliance rendered by a heavy metallic back coating.

The 'Heliotrope' back coating is heavier and therefore provides an effect greater in intensity than that seen with the 'aurora borealis' finish. As with Bermuda Blue, the Heliotrope coating features a coloured mirror finish, 'returning' light within the particular hues of the crystal glass, which serves to further emphasize the featured colour range.

As with several Swarovski special finishes, Heliotrope provides a pleasing transient range, in reaction to the angle at which both directed and ambient light are received. In lateral light conditions, darkest purple, almost black, surrounds the crystal edges. Greys and pure crystal provide highlights as a soft transition moves across to imperial purples and velveteen midnight. As the range traverses lighter purples and lilac, stark incidental modulations to fuchsia, violet and cobalt appear across the facet planes.

Moving on towards the crystal interior, deep oceanic blue and green, turquoise and aqua merge to climax in a startling sapphire centre point, bathed in an ethereal almost 3D/holographic glow courtesy of the metallic back coating. But even here in the crystal heart, momentary flashes of pure deep purple reaffirm a core to the Heliotrope pallet.

In straight-ahead light, a clear lilac 'starburst' lies, still bearing the remarkable light-filled, central sapphire core, resplendent in profound tyrian borders.

How could I have overlooked this colour??!!?? Love it!!

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