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Blenko Colors
Yellows/Ambers Reds/Oranges Purples/Pinks Blues Greens
Teals Other Colors Casing Seeding Color List by Year
Alongside design, color is one of the most important aspect of Blenko glass. The founder, William J. Blenko was foremost an expert chemist and colorist. With Blenko's auspicious beginning as a manufacturer of specialty stained glass to some of the most prestigious venues and artists in the 1920's it is no wonder that it is the intense and beautiful colors that still draw people to Blenko glass today.

Among seasoned collectors, color often affects value. Though no one color is inherently more valuable than another (that changes with fashion and personal taste), many collectors have preferences for which they will pay a premium. Rarity of color will also drive value. With an average of seven colors in production each year there are twelve colors that were produced for only one or two years.

Correctly identifying a color can assist in more precisely dating a piece. Each design was produced in every color that was in production in the years it was made. Even a design made for only one year would have been made in all the colors available that year (on average seven colors). There are only very few exceptions to this; perhaps a dozen designs are noted in the original catalogs as only being available in limited colors.

For colors that are similar (Emerald & Nile, Sea Green & Surf Green, Jonquil & Gold, Mulberry & Lilac, etc) knowing the years of production of a design can often help determine the design's proper color name.

About Variants of Colors' Appearance
Blenko colors may vary in darkness, intensity and even in coloration due to changes in formulation or accidents (the result of a batch being mixed slightly differently from the formulae; small mis-measurements can result in significant color differences in the final product). For any color known to have significant and regular variants we have provided a comparison photo of the variants below.

About Blenko Color Names
To avoid confusion we only use the official names given to each color by the Blenko Glass Company as printed in their catalogs. For example "Blenko blue" is not the name of a color it is a redundant nickname for the color properly called "Turquoise." Similarly "amberina" (a gradation of yellow, orange & red) is not an official Blenko color name; rather it is a descriptive term. For Blenko, only Tangerine may appear amberina, however, not all Tangerine items appear amberina; Tangerine may also appear as solid red or orange.

Sources
The color lists below are compiled from vintage catalogues. It is likely that in the Early Period tableware items were produced in additional colors to those we list. Because Early Period catalogs were always undated, it is also problematic to definitively say what colors were produced in what specific years prior to 1948. Colors in production in those years are merely indicated by a generic "pre-1948."

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Yellows & Ambers
Blenko Yellows
L to R: 1. Lemon 2. Jonquil 3. Jonquil 4. Wheat 5. Gold
6. Gold 7. Chestnut 8. Honey 9. Amber 10. Amber

Amber: pre-1948, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 85

Gold: 56, 57, 58 (Variants below)

Jonquil: 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64 (Variants below)

Chestnut: 65 (Detail below)

Honey: pre-1948, 65, 66, 67, 68

Lemon: 68, 69 (Detail below)

Wheat: 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83

Post-Historic Period (not shown):
Opaline Yellow: 86, 00
Yellow: 02

Gold Variants
Gold Variants
Jonquil variants
Jonquil Variants
Chestnut Detail
Chestnut Detail
Lemon detail
Lemon Detail
Reds & Oranges
Blenko Reds
L to R: 1. Ruby 2. Regal (Ruby & Crystal) 3. Ruby (seeded) 4 & 5. Tangerine
6. Charisma (Ruby colorway in Crystal) 7, 8, 9, 10, &11. Tangerine

Ruby: pre-1948 (out of production during unspecified years of WWII), 48, 49, 50, 84, 00, 01, 02

Tangerine: 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 01, 02, 03 (Variants below: It is a heat sensitive color that can "strike" as red, amberina, orange and sometimes opalescent

Opalescent Tangerine variant
Tangerine, Opalescent
Variant
Tangerine variants
Tangerine Variants
Purples & Pinks
Blenko Purples
L to R: 1. Violet 2. Plum 3. Amethyst (1961 variant) 4. Mulberry
5. Amethyst (1962 variant) 6 & 7. Amethyst 8 & 9. Lilac 10. Rose

Violet: pre-1948, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03

Amethyst: pre-1948, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 61 (variant), 62 (variant) , 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03 (Variants below)

Mulberry: 58

Lilac: 59, 60 (Variants below)

Rose: 63, 64

Plum : 67, 88, 89, 90

Post-Historic Period (not shown)
Apricot: 84
Dusty Rose: 88, 89, 90
Orchid: 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02

Amethyst variants
Amethyst Variants
  Lilac Variants
Lilac Variants
Blues
Benko Blues
L to R: 1. Aqua 2. Peacock 3. Teal 4. Sky Blue
5. Marine Crystal 6. Ice Blue 7. Persian 8. Turquoise

Sky Blue: pre-1948, 48, 49, 50, 51 (Variants below)

Ice Blue: 51, 52, 53, 03

Turquoise: pre-1948, 50, 51, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 (Variants below)

Marine Crystal : pre-1948, 48, 49, 50, 51

Teal: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 87, 88, 89, 90, 96, 97, 98

Persian: 59, 60, 61

Aqua: pre-1948, 59

Peacock: 65, 66

Post-Historic Period (not shown)
Sapphire: 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89
Azure: 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02
Cobalt: 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02

Blenko Bright Blues Blenko Four Blues Blenko Thre Blues
Sky Blue Variants
Sky Blue Variants
Turquoise variants
Turquoise Variants
Turquoise variants
Turquoise Variants
Teal or Blue-Green colors

Each of these color also appear in either the "Blue" or "Green" sections.
Blenko Teals

L to R: 1 & 2. Teal 3. Sea Green 4. Jade 5. Surf Green 6. Sea Green
7. Aqua 8. Peacock 9. Juniper 10. Charcoal 11. Charcoal

Sea Green: pre-1948, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64

Charcoal: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61, 62, 71 (variants shown in Other)

Teal: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 87, 88, 89, 90, 96, 97, 98

Juniper: 57

Jade: 58 (see Detail in Greens section below)

Aqua: pre-1948, 59

Peacock: 65, 66

Surf Green: 70

Pine: 74 (not shown)

Post-Historic Period (not shown)
Sea Foam: 00, 01, 02
Alpine : 93
Antique Green: 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99

Greens
Blenko Greens
L to R: 1. Lime 2. Chartreuse 3. Olive Green 4. Olive Green
5. Juniper 6. Jade 7. Aqua 8. Sea Green 9. Emerald 10. Nile

Green: pre-1948 (not in group image; example below)

Sea Green: pre-1948, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64

Chartreuse: 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55

Emerald: 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 72, 73, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02

Lime: 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 (see Detail below)

Juniper: 57

Jade: 58 (see Jade Detail below showing how this unusal color is created by casing a blue and a green, sometimes in Crystal)

Nile : 59

Olive: 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 94, 95 (Variants below)

Surf Green: 70

Pine: 74 (not shown)

Post-Historic Period (not shown)
Grass: 77, 78
Antique Green: 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99
Kiwi: 98, 99, 00, 01, 02
Avocado: 00
Sea Foam: 00, 01, 02
Alpine: 93

Three Blenko Greens Green
Green
Lime
Lime
Jade detail
Jade Detail
Olive variants
Olive Variants
Other
Blenko Charcoal

All Charcoal, Far left: variant produced in 1961 & 62

Charcoal: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 61 (variant), 62 (variant), 71 (usually Cased)

Crystal : colorless glass, in continuous production (clear glass, not shown)

Post-Historic Period (not shown)
Slate (always with Plum or Dusty Rose accents): 89
Ebony: 99, 00
Casing

On occasion, Blenko encased colors in a layer of Crystal, this has the effect of making the color appear paler, or as if it "fades" from light to dark. In 1959 the designer Wayne Husted requested that all items be cased when possible but this proved to be too costly and was abandoned by 1960.

Color that are known to have been cased:
Aqua
Amethyst
Charcoal (always cased to lighten the color; stoppers always Crystal as Charcoal would otherwise appear black, exception to casing; the 1961 Charcoal Variant)
Jade (inherently cased; a layer of blue on green, and sometimes also Crystal)
Jonquil
Nile
Lilac
Persian
Sea Green
Sky Blue
Turquoise

Seeding

Colors were sometimes intentionally "seeded" (made with random tiny bubbles throughout the glass), this does not affect appearance of the color but is a technique more closely associated with some colors, including:
Chartreuse*, Ruby, Sky Blue, Amethyst,

*it has been claimed that Chartreuse is always seeded, however our eyes and experience tell us otherwise.




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