Image explanation:An image reflecting the importance of boron as an essential mineral for plants. The tree and its strange metallic foliage ‘grow’ from a ‘pure’ dark powdered cone of the element.

Appearance:Pure boron is a dark amorphous powder.

Uses:Amorphous boron is used as a rocket fuel igniter and in pyrotechnic flares. It gives the flares a distinctive green colour.

Boron is the 5th element in the Periodic Table. One of the interesting aspects is the assertion that Boron is created by cosmic ray spallation, in other words, getting hit by cosmic rays. It is not formed in the sun by nucleosynthesis. This accounts for low amounts in the solar system including the earth. Like Carbon, Boron has the ability to create strong and stable bonds with other elements. Meteoroids contain pure Boron. Pure Boron was not isolated until the late 1800’s or early 1900’s as it is difficult to separate it from its chemical compounds.


Although I found quite a few articles that were not specific about how the human body uses Boron, an article by Lara Pizzormo “Nothing Boring about Boron,” published in 2015 has a significant list.


“Boron has been proven to be an important trace mineral because it (1) is essential for the growth and maintenance of bone; (2) greatly improves wound healing; (3) beneficially impacts the body’s use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D; (4) boosts magnesium absorption; (5) reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as hs-CRP and TNF-α; (6) raises levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as SOD, catalase, and glutathione peroxidase; (7) protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity; (8) improves brain electrical activity, cognitive performance, and short-term memory in elders; (9) influences the formation and activity of key biomolecules, such as SAM-e and NAD+; (10) has demonstrated preventive and therapeutic effects in a number of cancers, such as prostate, cervical, and lung cancers and multiple and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and (11) may help ameliorate the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapeutic agents.”


Boron improvisation with the tones of the colors:

This is the same tuning using the Ukelele tuned to the Boron scale. Here I am trying to stay true to the Boron scale.

If I take the Root, third and fifth of the Boron scale and tune my violin in fifths I can then play a standard song in the Key of Boron. Of Course, I am using more notes than the notes of the color, so this is a stretch from the pure scale. This is Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance from the Medieval – Renaissance period.

Thanks to Larry Stephens for percussion.

This is a link to the periodic table entry:


Here are the colors and the notes for Boron.

Nanometer (Wavelength) Color Hertz (Frequency) Notes closest to our current scales Hertz

Based on 440 A

608 Orange 224.21 A3 220.00
494 Cyan 275.95 C#4 277.18
447 Indigo 304.80 D4 293.66
419 Violet 325.00 E4 329.63
412 Violet 330.74