The color white represents cleanliness (think a chef’s uniform), innocence (a baby lamb), purity (a bride’s gown), neutrality, lightness, and exactitude. In ancient times it was one of the first colors used by Paleolithic artists and was made from calcite or chalk and used as a background or as a highlight. In ancient Egypt, white was associated with the goddess Isis. Also priests and priestesses of Isis wore white linen in ceremonies and the dead were wrapped in white cloth.
In ancient Greece and other nations white was associated with mother’s milk and was written about in mythological stories. In the Muslim holy book, the Talmud, milk is one of the four sacred substances along with wine, honey and the rose. In politics, in ancient Rome, if a man wanted to hold public office, he wore a white toga brightened with chalk called a toga candida (origin for the word candidate). A white toga was also worn for ceremonial occasions by all Roman citizens, over the age of fourteen. And magistrates and certain priests wore white togas but with a broad purple stripe. Once Augustus became emperor, the white toga became mandatory to wear in order to enter the Roman forum.
White also became the color worn by priests during the mass and was worn by monks of the Cistercian order and under Pope Pius, a former monk of the Dominican Order. White would become the color he wore as Pope and has been continued to be the official color worn by popes since. The color white has other religions associations too. The white elephant is considered sacred in Asian cultures and in Buddhism is associated with the birth of the Buddha. Also Native American of the Great Plains considered the white buffalo sacred and represented fertility and the gods of the earth. While also has a negative connotation in some Asian cultures as being a symbol of death just as it was with the Ancient Egyptian who considered black to be the color of life and presented the mud covered fertile lands created whenever the Nile flooded.
Today much of the same associations white had in the past are still present today. A majority of brides still wear white gowns and in design of a home white is used to show cleanliness, neatness, and lightness, and white is considered a calming color. In fashion white is used extensively often paired with other colors especially black. My favorite use of white has been in clip on earrings!
It has been used elegantly by various designers and non-designers on the cliptomania.com website including:
|Sadie Green Clip on Earrings #2 (Opal top right)|
The flow of white pearls in these Jan Michael’s designed Ovalicious Genuine Pearl Clip-on Drop
These gorgeous Michal Golan’s!
The simple Nickle Free Colored Hoops that have a white option:
And these Crystal Colored Non-pierced Dome Earrings
In all including the above examples, there are dozens of clip on earrings with white alone or with another color on the website! And if white is not the only color you like, there are countless other colors amongst the 500+ styles of non-pierced earrings you can see whhen you visit the top site for clip on earrings, cliptomania.com!