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Purple is an interesting color from both the artistic and scientific perspective. Purple is
the color of royalty, creativity and mystery. Spring violets wake us from winter and summer lilacs make us wish
the evenings would never end. Purple is the only secondary color that is the
product of the same two primary colors (red, blue) regardless of whether one is mixing
light (as for graphical display) or pigment. Another interesting fact about purple: technically,
it doesn't have a wavelength range since by definition it is a composite color from blue and red, at opposite ends
of the spectrum.
Although many stones appear purple, few are naturally so. Amethyst is the most common and popular
naturally occurring purple gemstone. Fluorite can show beautiful deep shades of purple, and sugilite
is also a deep purple, but not common. Kunzite can show lavender shades, though it is more commonly
pink. Amethyst also can be lavender. Ametrine is a graduated stone of citrine and amethyst that
shows pale lavender and yellow shades.
Swarovski crystal colors "light amethyst", "amethyst" and "purple velvet" are
are light, medium and dark purple shades.
Purple dyed pearls are available, though it's difficult to find a shade that doesn't look like a
cheap facsimile of a Tahitian pearl. Deep purple is a popular and effective stain for wood, often
deepening the color and enhancing the grain.
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