Pinks – the flower (Dianthus)
Ok, maybe I should have said 18 things I did not know about the color pink.
Last week I went for a nature walk through my neighborhood and, although this is something I have done several times before, I had not noticed the large variety of pink floral blooms before. I immediately became curious about the color pink 🙂
- Pink gets its name from the flowers called pinks. They are flowering plants that are members of the genus Dianthus.
- Pink is a pale red color – I know, you knew that:)
- Pink is positively associated with love, beauty, charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity, and the romantic.
- Pink paired with white symbolizes youth, tenderness and innocence.
- When Pink is combined with violet or black, it is associated with eroticism and seduction.
- Pink is often associated with the exotic.
- Pink is sometimes associated with extravagance and a wish to be noticed.
- Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century.
- In most European languages, pink is called rose or rosa, after the rose flower.
- The Japanese language has different words for the pink of cherry blossoms (sakura-iro), and peach blossoms (momo-iro). Recently the word pinku has also become popular.
- The golden age of the color pink was the Rococo Period (1720–1777). This is period where pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe.
- Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of Louis XV of France, made pink and blue the leading fashion colors in the Court of Versailles.
- In 19th century England, pink ribbons or pink decorations were often worn by young boys.
- The 20th century ushered in the invention of chemical dyes which did not fade. As a result, pinks became bolder and brighter.
- Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli created a new variety of the color, called Shocking pink in 1931. She made it by mixing magenta with a small amount of white.
- In Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s, inmates of Nazi concentration camps who were accused of homosexuality were forced to wear a pink triangle.
- Sunsets and sunrises are sometimes pink because of an optical effect called Rayleigh scattering.
- Pink was first established as a female gender signifier in the 1940s.
I am tickled pink by this list