In the 15th century, a coloring pigment was brought from Asia, which was called ultramarine. Translated from Latin, "ultramarine" means "overseas". The basis of the color and its coloring beginning have not yet been determined. According to some researchers, the basis of this pigment is sulfur, in ultramarine it is in a colloidal state. Perhaps this explains such a brightness of the shade. So, what color is ultramarine? This is one of the most active and saturated shades of blue.
Ultramarine artificial and natural
For many years, natural ultramarine was the only blue paint that had a similar purity of color and was extraordinarily expensive for most ordinary people. For its manufacture, an azure stone was used - lapis lazuli, which in itself is very valuable. Later, an artificial ultramarine color was invented, which is quite a bit inferior to the natural dye in terms of the purity of the blue color.
Ultramarine contains silica, lime, sulfur, water, iron,carbon dioxide and many other substances.
Actual color ultramarine
Ultramarine color (photos available in the article) - very refined, intense, fresh. This shade identifies constancy, intelligence, seriousness of views. It is cheerful and quite popular today, it can be found in various areas of our life, but still this color is most popular in clothes. Over the past few years, fashion designers have repeatedly turned their attention to it, releasing collections of ultramarine color.
In the early 2000s, designer collections featured a variety of nautical hues, including outfits in deep ultramarine. It blends harmoniously with each of them - sea urchin, French vanilla, pink cameo, blue tint, skyway, green lily, spicy clove, melon, violet.
Later (2012-2013), collections were released where ultramarine was presented in a slightly different interpretation - as ultramarine green and as Olympic blue. No less successfully than with a marine palette, these collections combine ultramarine with such shades as golden honey, roasted coffee French, tangerine tango, pink Germanic iris, green-yellow chartreuse, pink mist, titanium, smoky lilac rhapsody. Ultramarine blue and Olympic green are also in perfect harmony with each other. If desired, these shades can be softened with blue, light blue, charcoal tones and add a few contrasting elements.
Combinations of ultramarine with other shades
Ultramarine clothing has a very deep rich look. As mentioned above, the combination of such a shade with the native gamut - blue and blue colors will be successful, these tones will soften the saturated color with their mutedness. Perfectly harmonize ultramarine and white colors. However, one must be careful here, as the final image may turn out to be too cold and unapproachable. Accessories in warm colors will be a good addition, for example, it can be an orange bag, a yellow scarf or coral-colored shoes. The presence of one of these elements can melt the coldness of the image. But if there are several of them, you can easily turn into a parrot and ruin such a chic shade.
Ultramarine color products are very lightfast. The shade is resistant to alkalis, but absolutely unstable to acids, even of a weak character. According to a study by scientists, ultramarine undergoes destruction over time. This process is called "ultramarine disease": ultramarine easily absorbs moisture from the air, condenses it in itself, under the action of moisture, the uniformity of the substance is destroyed, which ultimately leads to a change in color. The hue becomes uneven, cloudy, not so saturated and even colorless.
Ultramarine is a stable, confident, intense, bold, rich and somewhat eccentric color. It looks spectacular not only in clothes, but also in other wardrobe items -gloves, belts, handbags, shoes, scarves. The ultramarine color will definitely appear more than once in the collections of famous designers and, as always, will take its rightful place.