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Blue is most people’s favourite colour. A YouGov survey conducted in 10 countries revealed that blue was most people’s preferred colour. Coming in at second place were either green (Thailand, China and USA), red (Indonesia, Singapore, Germany and Britain) or purple (Hong Kong). In Malaysia and Australia, there was a tie between red and purple for second place. A synopsis of the study can be found here.

To be honest, blue doesn’t even make my top five. I like certain types of blue like the blue found in sapphires, turquoise or aquamarine.

Nevertheless, if blue is the world’s favourite colour then who the hell am I to put up a fight?

This post will go through all the shades and variations of blue. Let's dive in!

  • Aquamarine: this colour is in between blue and green on the colour wheel.
  • Azure: sky blue.
  • Azurite: deep-blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits.

  • Blue Indigo
  • Cobalt Blue: this is a pigment that is made by compacting cobalt monoxide with alumina at 1200 degrees. This pigment is typically used in Chinese porcelain, jewellery and paint.

  • Cyan: this is a greenish-blue colour.

  • Egyptian Blue: otherwise known as cerulean. Remember how in The Devil Wears Prada Andy couldn't tell the difference between what she perceived to be two blue belts and the devil, Miranda, told her off, then pointed to the fact that Andy's sweater was cerulean not blue? LOL.

  • Lapis Lazuli: this is a deep blue metamorphic rock that is highly apprized as a precious stone. During the Middle Ages, it was loosely referred to as "sapphire" even though the two stones have nothing to do with each other.

  • Navy Blue: a very dark shade of blue.
  • Prussian Blue: otherwise known as Berlin Blue or Parisian Blue. It's a dark blue pigment that is made by oxidising ferrous ferrocyanide salts. Check out the video below to see how Prussian Blue Pigment is made. Interesting huh?

  • Pure Blue: this is the primary colour blue.
  • Teal

  • Turquoise

  • Ultramarine: this can be made by mashing lapis lazuli into a powder. This blue can be found in many Renaissance paintings.


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So, do you like the colour blue? Which variation of blue do you like the most? Leave your comments down below and I will get back to you. 

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