By Lillian P.
Today I’m going to be talking about color, but not just any color, I am talking about radium. Radium was discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie. Radium is a glowing luminous green, a color never seen before by anyone. Radium was used in many beauty products and other items, such as jewelry, medicine, toothpaste, water, and food. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that we realized radium’s harmful effects.
Unfortunately, radium isn’t the only pigment that historically seemed harmless or useful but turned out to be deadly. Our story begins with white. As far back as the 4th century BCE, ancient Greeks treated lead to make a brilliant white pigment.