One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Victoria Finlay. This post is about her most recent book, The Brilliant History of Color, which delves into the background of colors found throughout some of the most historic pieces of art. When time allows I sit at the table while my daughter eats her breakfast reading aloud to her the history of colors in art. While I have read further, my little loves to hear the story behind red ocher over and over again.
Colors, even those from art are important to me, as exposure to each variation of red or blue expands my library of color. Jewelry is often about the play of light, how to best exemplify a stone's unique and one-of-a-kind color. I often find myself telling clients and others that the color a gemstone has to offer, in my mind, is much more rare and special than the biggest and clearest of diamonds. I'll take an included, colorful gem any day!