In the Pink for Valentine's Day!

In the Pink for Valentine's Day!

Published On: 01-30-2015 09:59pm

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I have to admit that for a long time, I pretty much reviled the softer shades of pink.  I won't go into the reason why except to say I saw way too much of it for several years at a job I had.  Waaaay tooooo muuuuuch . . . Now I still adored the strong pinks, such as hot pinks and fuchsias, but not the softer pinks.

Today, however, I have made my peace with the softer side of pink.  While it won't become anywhere near my favorite color, I have come to admire it (in smaller doses) and even wear it on occasion or two.  A paler pink is beginning to creep back into my wardrobe (:

Pink heart earrings with green glass and Swarovski crystals handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo

Pink, along with red, is seen everywhere in Valentine's Day jewelry.  Which got me wondering just what pink signifies.  I wanted to share a bit of what I found, along with handmade selections from a "Pretty Pink Valentine Gift Ideas!" collection I pulled together from studios of ArtFire artists:

Valentine's heart with bow iron on or sew on applique patch by Linda of DaisyDoodleEmbroidery

Since pink is nothing more than a toned down version of red, pink replaces the heat and physical passion of red with gentle, loving energy, romance and charm.  It is a very feminine color and represents understanding, compassion and nurturing.  Pink is the color of universal love.   

Pink and white brick stitch beaded heart earrings by Cathy of CraftingMemories

The color pink (or rosy) has been described in literature since ancient times.  In the "Odyssey", written in approximately 800 BCE, Homer wrote "Then, when the child of morning, rosy-fingered dawn appeared . . ." Roman poets also used the color in their works, "roseus" being the Latin word for "pink".  Pink was not a common color in fashion, however, all the way through the Middles Ages (app. 5-15th centuries).  Nobles usually preferred brighter reds, such as crimson.  The color did appear in some religious art of the time, usually associated with the dress of the Christ child.  

Red hearts with pink Valentines pet collar slipcover or scrunchie bandana handmade by Donna of SewAmazin

The golden age for the color pink was the Rococo Period (1720–1777).  Pastel colors, especially pink, became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe.  Pink was particularly loved by Madame de Pompadour, the mistress of King Louis XV of France, who who wore combinations of pale blue and pink.  She even had a particular tint of pink made for her by the Sevres porcelain factory! 

Woodland animals Valentines favor tags, set of 12, handmade by Nat of adorebynat

In 19th century England, pink ribbons or decorations were often worn by young boys.  Boys were considered small men, and since men in England wore red uniforms, boys wore pink, the toned down version of red.  Queen Victoria was painted in 1850 with her seventh child and third son, Prince Arthur, who wore white and pink.  Interestingly, the June 1918 issue of the children’s market trade publication "Earnshaw's Infants'  Department" stated “the generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls.  The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.”  This changed around the 1940's and "blue for boys" and "pink for girls" have been closely linked ever since.  Today, the pink ribbon is the international symbol of breast cancer awareness; pink was chosen partially because it is so strongly associated in modern times with femininity.

Pink rose quartz lampwork glass large hole heart bead handmade by Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

In color psychology, pink is a positive color, a sign of hope.  It calms and reassures our emotional energies and helps to alleviate feelings of anger, aggression, resentment and neglect.  In fact, studies have shown that exposure to a room painted pink has a calming effect on the nerves and can actually create a physical weakness in people, especially a shade of pink known as Baker-Miller pink or Schauss pink (named after color researchers).  Violent and aggressive people have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink room for a specified period of time.  The color can be found covering the walls of some “drunk tanks” and jail cells, including those at the United States Naval Correctional Facility in Seattle.  Some football teams have even painted the opposing team's locker room in pink!  Research has been found, however, that if a person is exposed for too long to pink, the color can have the opposite effect and cause agitation. 

Striped pink and mauve hand knit fingerless, texting gloves handmade by Debbie of EweniqueEssentials

I hope you enjoyed the short history of the color pink and the handmade items chosen by ArtFire artists to help illustrate the pretty color.  To see the whole collection, please follow this link:  Pretty Pink Valentines Gift Ideas!

Valentines dog rescue earrings with copper paw print in heart charms, pink lampwork beads and crystals handmade by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns

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Reader's Comments

By craftsofthepast on 02/02/2015 @ 03:14pm

Interesting how we now think of pink as a feminine color and reserve blue for the boys. I always prefer dusty rose to pale pink, but then I prefer blue to either of those ;) Thanks for the history. Sharing. anna

By SewAmazin on 02/01/2015 @ 07:41pm

It's amazing how color can affect our moods and memories! Thank you for this interesting blog post about the color pink. And thank you for including my Lovely Hearts Pink Dog Bandana!

By Covergirlbeads on 01/31/2015 @ 10:21pm

Very interesting history regarding pinks! I didn't know there was so much involved in the color. I love all shades of pink depending on my mood at the time. Thanks for sharing my rose quartz pink heart bead.

By EweniqueEssentials on 01/31/2015 @ 05:01pm

This was an interesting read, and I learned quite a bit about the color pink. Funny how things have changed with pink considered a masculine color at first! Many years ago we rented a small house in Florida that had pink walls, carpeting, and tiles. I thought it very Floridian and when we moved to North Carolina, I painted my family room walls pink and stenciled a pretty floral vine around the middle. It was quite lovely at the time. My children were quite small - maybe those pink walls had a calming effect on them after all! lol :)

By PolkadotOrchid on 01/31/2015 @ 04:37pm

Great article on the history of the color pink! I never knew that football teams often use it for their competitor's locker rooms! In your research, did you happen to come across the entomology of the word 'pink'? It's pretty interesting because it originally comes from the sewing term for a zig-zag cut edge. Pinks (a wind relative of carnations) are named for their 'pinked' or zig-zaged edges on their petals. Like lavender or lilac, the flower was often used to describe a certain color. However, unlike lavender, lilac, and rose, most people think only of the color when they hear the word.

By daisydoodleembroidery on 01/31/2015 @ 02:05pm

Loved your blog. I learned some neat information about the color pink and found it pretty interesting. Thanks so much for including my heart iron on applique. Love all of your selections for your great blog! Shared

By adorebynat on 01/31/2015 @ 07:24am

What a nice surprise, Catherine. I, myself, love soft pink lately. I grew up with loving blue and now going back to my feminine side, lol. Off to share.

By PrettyGonzo on 01/31/2015 @ 12:59am

What an interesting blog post - so lovely too! Thanks so much for this wealth of information on the color pink and for including my earrings with your fabulous choices. Treats (and not necessarily pink ones) to Chez Moosie from Le Gonze. :) Will be sharing! Oh, and I don't think I would do too well in a pink room, even for 5 minutes, although I think pink is quite a pretty color.

By craftingmemories on 01/30/2015 @ 11:00pm

Wonderful blog, Catherine. Thank you for the history of pink and for including my earrings. I think if I was put into a pink room for a specified period of time I would become violent and aggressive. :) I do like pink but to much is just to much.

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