Maria Mitchell In Her Own Words

1855, Feb. 12.

What a pity that some of our manufacturers shouldn’t be able to steal the secret dye-stuffs from the stars and astonish the feminine taste by new brilliancy in fashion.  I found in the little bear {Ursa Minor} a pair of stars coming into the field at once, one bright red and one bright green.

It isn’t too often that you find Maria Mitchell commenting on fashion but I think this one make quite a bit of sense – and with that astronomer-bent to it!  But she hits on something that many of us comment on – if only we could replicate the colors that we see in nature.  And, the sparkle we see in the stars.