Yellow is such a cheerful color. Â Just think how a glowing yellow room makes you feel on a gray winter day! Â Through the ages, yellow has been associated with sunshine, optimism, good reason, pleasure and gold . . . although there is a downside as it is also came to be related to envy, jealousy and betrayal. Â The word comes from the Old English "geolu" or "geolwe" meaning "yellow" or "yellowish". Â The Oxford English Dictionary states the oldest known use of the word is from "The Epinal Glossary" in the year 700.
Yellow ochre pigment made from clay was one of the first colors used in prehistoric cave art. Â The image of a horse, in the cave of Lascaux, France, was colored with yellow and has been estimated to be 17,300 years old. Â The ancient Egyptians associated yellow with gold, considered to be eternal and indestructible - that is why the skin and bones of their gods were believed to be gold. Yellow was used extensively in tomb painting, either ochre or a brilliant yellow pigment called, orpiment (although it was made with arsenic and highly poisonous). Â A small paintbox of valued orpiment was found in the tomb of King Tut!Â
Yellow flower and purple polymer clay bead bracelet with Swarovski crystals by Julie of BlueMorningExpressions
Then the representation of yellow took a turn for the worse during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Â At that time, yellow became firmly established as the color of Judas Iscariot (even though the Bible never described his clothing). Â Because of this, yellow became associated with with envy, jealousy and duplicity. Â During the Renaissance, the tradition of marking non-Christians, such as Jews, with yellow began. Â Think of the yellow Star of David the Nazis required Jews to wear in the 1930 and 1940. Â During the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century, people who were accused of heresy and who refused to renounce their vows were forced to wear a yellow cape when brought before judges to hear their (usually) fatal verdict.
"Tropical Sunrise" pendant with carnelian, citrine, garnet and gold-filled wire by Margaret of BohoWireWrapped
Golden nephrite jade and rose quartz gemstone bracelet by Anna of CraftsofthePast
When synthetic pigments and dyes became to be manufactured in the 18th and 19th centuries, the traditional yellow made from arsenic, cow urine and other substances was quickly replaced. Â Painters especially liked the ease of acquiring the color now. Â Vincent Van Gogh was one of the first to use commercially manufactured paints rather than ones he made himself. Â He especially loved yellow and once wrote to his sister from the south of France in 1888, "Now we are having beautiful warm, windless weather . . . The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. Â How beautiful yellow is!" Â Van Gogh painted many bright, golden sunflowers.
Sunflower charm earrings with cheerful yellow glass and orange jade by Mary of PrettyGonzo
Olivine jade bracelet with a pewter bee charm by Elaine of zoomgraphik
I have to agree with Vincent Van Gogh: Â "How beautiful yellow is!" Â And because of that feeling, I curated a new collection called "Like Golden Sunshine
" featuring jewelry in many shades of sunny yellow handmade by talented designers in the Jewelry Creators Unite in Numbers (JCUiN) guild. Â I hope you visit the collection and drool over the designs (:
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