trésor bleu: gifts of grace honoring history and faith

The Color Bleu

The color blue is universally the most popular color, according to surveys across genders and across nationalities.  But this color, and all its variations, have a much more interesting history than one would imagine.

Up until about 6000 BC, blue was nearly non-existent since it rarely showed up in nature.  The ancient Egyptians were the first to physically capture the color blue in the form of Lapis Lazuli, which was mined in caves and crushed into various forms that were used for royalty.  Lapis remained more valuable than gold until the Middle Ages, because no other element on earth could recreate this coveted pigment.  In 400 AD, the Church declared that Ultramarine (literally, "other worldly") blue would be reserved for Mary.  This was the most intense color of cobalt.  When you look at Renaissance paintings, you will see Mary and Jesus depicted with this intense Ultramarine color.  Painters like Michaelangelo could not finish paintings because they could not afford more blue paint.  It remained the most expensive and rare pigment until 1826, when the artistic world discovered how to make it synthetically.  

Ultramarine Blue remained the Color of Mary until this day.  The pendants that Trésor Bleu imports from France and nearby countries is the melding of Ultramarine colored glass with metal, and continue the tradition of using cobalt blue and virtually all the medals.   Trésor Bleu (Blue Treasure) is a tribute to the history of the treasured and venerated color blue and the vintage items we carry.

Italian Painter Sassoferrato's painting of Mary from 1654.  Her cloak is Ultramarine Blue.