Saturday, December 8, 2012

Poison…

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Pantone color of the year for 2013
Emerald Green
Pretty enough. No?
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Apparently…when the color was developed it was made with poison arsenic

Brief description of Emerald green:

It's a poisonous copper-acetoarsenite developed in an attempt to improve Scheele's green in 1808 and commercially availble from 1814. This became known in England as emerald green, and for a time it was the finest green pigment known, rapidly displacing Scheele's green.Unusually it has a brilliant blue-green to green colour with fair hiding power. Unfotunately, it is also chemically not stable and very poisonous and therefore was used just until ealry 1900s. Because it was quite cheap to manufacture, emerald green was used not only as an artist’s paint but as a household paint: it was widely used on patterned wallpaper. This made damp rooms death traps, and in the 1860s the British Times newspaper expressed alarm about the possibility that young children were being killed by the deadly fumes emanating from their bedroom walls. It is believed that Napoleon’s death in exile on St Helena was hastened this way. It can be seen more in watercolour medium particularly sea and landscapes.
WHO KNEW?!
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Not this kitty…..
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Eh. Works for us.
 
 
all images from pinterest...except our yard. Click on the earrings image if you want it in YOUR stocking

14 comments:

An Urban Cottage said...

I love it!

Yes, you rock the emerald!

becky said...

A strange sort of green, that. I prefer the limey ones :) like yours :)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Yes...Becky. Lime all the way.

Carla Aston said...

I love the emerald. Soooo happy it's the one this year. It should've been last year's IMO.

Great images.

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Stephanie said...

ooohhh, I wondered what the color for the new year was. I didn't think I was partial to emerald green but your examples are beautiful...must concur though with some of your other comments here...Lime Green all the way.

x..x

PK Studios said...

You know it's the healing color of the heart chakra!!! : )

VirginiaC said...

Love the emerald green, but who knew its background?? Thanks for educating me once again.

Porchlight Interiors said...

This is perfection to me! Love the emerald green ginger jars. Tracey xx

Stiletto said...

Your yard is beautifully landscaped.

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I love those fuzzy spiky ferns by the planter......will they grow in Georgia?

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