#76 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 8:33 am by LaLonde Jewelers

I have spoken about the visible light spectrum, the seven colors that make up white light. These are the seven colors of the rainbow. Before visible light are gamma rays and X rays. After visible light are microwaves and radio waves. The visible colors run from 4000 to 7000 angstrom units before and after are not visible to our eyes. Maybe somewhere in the universe, but not here.

Now the colors we can see range from a violet to red. The violet blue tones run at the 4000 unit speed and the fastest red runs at 7000 unit speed. The thing is, our eyes capture the violet blue colors at the front of our eyes while the faster red is captured with the back of our eyes. So it takes more energy and more exciting for red and less energy and more soothing for the violet-blue.

Anders Jonas Angstrom, Swedish Physicist 1814-1874

This is why a baby’s room is painted light blue color, soothing and a red light district is to create excitement.

So through the years I have done some of my own investigating. I have asked police officers what color of car they pull over the most? RED.

My office in Honolulu on the 33rd floor overlooking the freeway in the distance, I would ask clients to pick out some cars. 90% of the time it was red, not light blue or white cars.

When you remember the Wizard of OZ, what do you think of, THE RED SLIPPERS.

If I had an important meeting I would wear something with red in it, I was sure that it somehow gave me a few angstrom units of advantage.

Next time the cops pull you over make sure you are not wearing a red suite and driving a red car. With all that excitement he just might give you the Max.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
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