The color pink is created by mixing colors white and red together, but it can also be created with other colors like blue, black and violet to create a shade of pink with a blue tint (purple-pinks), an orange tint (salmon-pink), a dark pink, or a bright/neon pink. The color takes its name from the flower Pinks, a member of the genus Dianthus with about 300 species in existence. Other names for Pinks are Carnation and Sweet William.
Other references to pink include “to pink” which refers to a decoration with a perforated or punched pattern dating from the 14th century. Pink was also used in literature as a descriptive word. Roman poets like Lucretious (99B.C – 55 B.C.) used pink in his epic poem on “The Nature of Things” and Homer in the Odyssey, dated around 800 B.C., mentioned pink also.
In the Middle Ages pink was not a common color in fashion but it did show up in paintings of women, and was used to connect the symbolism of the body of Christ (holiness) with a depiction of the Christ Child (wearing pink). However, most often pink was used by artists to portray the color of flesh for the face, hands and feet.
Pink would have its place in the spot light also. It was the 19th century or Rocco Period when pastel colors like pink were very fashionable in the courts of Europe. The mistress of King Louis XV of France, Madame de Pompadour, a champion of the color, often wore combinations of pale blue and pink. In time pink became a symbol of seduction in portraits by George Romney (1734-1802), but other artists like Thomas Lawerance (1769-1830) used pink to symbolize innocence and tenderness as he did when he painted eleven year old Sarah Moulton, who died a year after her painting was completed in 1794.
Excerpts from www.colormatters.com/pink
According to Jean Heifetz, for centuries, all European children were dressed in blue because the color was associated with the Virgin Mary. The use of pink and blue emerged at the turn of the century, the rule being pink for boys, blue for girls. Since pink was a stronger color it was best suited for boys; blue was more delicate and dainty and best for girls. And in 1921, the Women's Institute for Domestic Science in Pennsylvania endorsed pink for boys, blue for girls. (Author of the 1994 book When Blue Meant Yellow. pp. 20 -21)
On the other hand, the idea of associating blue with male babies may stem back to ancient times when having a boy was good luck. Blue, the color of the sky where gods and fates lived, held powers to ward off evil, so baby boys were dressed in blue. In Greece a blue eye is still thought to have powers to ward off evil. The idea of pink for girls might come from the European legend that baby girls were born inside delicate pink roses.
Another theory states that the sexual origins can be found in ancient China. At a time when certain dyes were quite rare, pink dye was readily available and therefore inexpensive. Since blues were rare and expensive, it was therefore considered to be more worthwhile to dress your son in blue, because when he married the family would receive a dowry.
Ultimately pink would be targeted for girls and blue for boys by merchandize marketing companies after World War II. These companies hoped to ride the post war boom and take advantage of a growing middle class. Today’s companies are still profiting from this by advertising merchandise according to gender. There are exceptions of course. Some men feel quite comfortable wearing a pink handkerchief in a pocket or donning various shades of pink dress shirts and ties. According to writer Daniel Billett who wrote an article in About Men’s Fashion called Real Men Wear Pink, he says the following:
There is something alluring about pink. Maybe that’s because psychologically it is known to have a calming effect. Or maybe it’s because pink is complimentary to most skin tones, unless you already have a lot of pink tone in your skin (like me). Or maybe it’s because a man who wears pink exudes confidence, yet is sensitive. It could be as simple as the fact that pink is easy to coordinate with almost every color in your wardrobe--it goes amazingly well with greys, tans, black, navys and other blues tones.
And an excerpt from http://www.menstylefashion.com Gracie Opulanza wrote in April 2013:
It’s a bright color that looks damn hot on men most of the time. It is a feel good color. Us girls love men in pink because it shows a strength of their character. It means they are not afraid of what other men think? There are different shades of pink and therefore it can come across very masculine.
I personally think pink is beautiful whether found in nature, architecture, edible desserts, candy – or as a bold symbol in the fight against cancer.
Last October, Cliptomania.com offered the Pink Ribbon Crystal Clip-on Earrings in an effort to bring awareness to National Breast Cancer Month. A part of each sale was matched by the Santo family, owners of cliptomania.com. The money was given to a local Bloomington, IN charity, Jill’s House, which provides a home-like atmosphere to cancer patients and their families or caregiver while treatment is taking place. In October of 2014 cliptomania.com will again offer the Pink Ribbon Crystal Earrings with portions of each sale going to charity. This year the charity is Little Red Door Cancer Agency of Indiana.
Cliptomania.com carries 500+ non-pierced earrings and dozens have either a pink option or are pink with other colors. Some of my favorites are these Cherry BlossomClip on Earring from David Howell & Company, the ColoredFlower Clip on Buttons in pastel pink, blue, and cream and these Sadie Green Pearl Flower Drops Clip on Earrings . These and other pink clip on earring beauties are waiting for you at Cliptomania.com!