Out of all the colours in our beaded bracelets collection, we find our blue tiger eye beaded bracelets the most mesmerising. Our fans tell us the same thing. What is it about the blue tiger eye beads that draws us to them? Is there something about the colour blue? Is it to do with the chatoyancy/cat’s eye effect we observe on the blue tiger eye beads? We believe it is a combination of both but today we want to explore the colour blue and how it affects us – how we feel, how we think, how we react when we see blue.
You may not be aware about this but colour has the ability to affect your mood. Depending on your surroundings and what you are currently engaged in, a colour can have a positive or negative effect on you.
How does blue affect our mood?
The colour blue is thought to be a calming colour. It helps you relax. From light blue/deep blue skies to blue-green oceans, the colour blue invokes calmness and serenity. This is why when you are by the beach and look at the blue sea/ocean, you instantly feel relaxed. Ofcourse, the sounds of the sea can also help you relax. Blue is associated with being in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
Conversely and interestingly enough, blue is also associated with sadness and loneliness. We often refer to “feeling blue” or “blue Mondays” when we are feeling down. It can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly. This is why we said that the effect a colour has on you really depends on the circumstance in which you encounter it.
How does blue influence creativity?
As blue is thought to be a cool and calming colour, it is also thought to boost productivity. As it is a soothing hue, it stimulates clear thought, creativity and enhances concentration. It also promotes easy communication. If you are looking to get inspired and use your creativity, it might be an idea to be in a blue environment, either by the beach or amongst blue walls 🙂
How does society view blue?
In western countries, blue is the colour associated with men and favoured by men. When a baby boy is born, his room is painted blue. However, this was hardly the case 100 years ago.
“… a June 1918 article from the trade publication Earnshaw’s Infants’ Department said, ‘The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.'”
“In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago. Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s”. (Source: Smithsonian)
It is interesting to note how our own personal choices and styles change as we are influenced by society.
How do women view blue? Rather, should you wear blue to a date? 🙂
Blue is seen as a non-threatening colour. It is also seen as a colour of stability and reliability. As it is a calming colour, it could help both of you relax, calming the nerves. So yes, blue is perfect for a first date!
The colour Blue in history
Blue was a colour of royalty. It was a colour that was very difficult to get hold of and the expensive Lapis Lazuli stones would be sourced from far-away lands to make blue dye for garments/paintings.
Blue tiger eye stones in spirituality
Blue tiger eye stones were thought to be stones of focus, honesty and truth, calmness and protection and were used in amulets to enhance these effects. You can read more about the blue tiger eye stones here: Blue Tiger Eye Stones
The colour blue is also associated with these:
In conclusion, blue is thought to be a cooling colour, great for creativity, focus, relaxation and inspiration. This, combined with the Chatoyancy effect we observe on the blue tiger eye beaded bracelets, makes it a colour we can’t take our eyes off. Chatoyancy refers to the soft simmering reflection observed on the surface of the blue tiger eye bead when light hits its surface. One can see beautiful silk like bands that move along the bead as it is moved in light.