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The color black has a long history going back to even before the Paleolithic period and the artists who used black along with white, red, yellow and brown to paint pictures in caves. It is believed to have always been the color of the universe surrounding the planets, moon and stars. Once life appeared on Earth black was found naturally in the color of animals, insects, reptiles and so on. Once humans came into existence there were many with black hair, and of course, the pupils of eyes are black. All way before clothes!
Eventually people wore attire based on what the clothing color represented. In Ancient Egypt the color green and black were connected to one another. Green was the color of living plants while black represented the soil, and together symbolized the growth underground that is unseen until those plants break through the soil. As part of the Ancient Egyptian's religion, the god of the dead or Osiris, was depicted in paintings and statues as having green skin to represent life after death.
The Chinese culture is rich in black and white as depicted in the I Ching Book or Book of Changes as light (Ying) and dark (Yang). Each can 'creep' into the other as represented in the Ying Yang symbol, but the Chinese believe each keeps the other in balance instead of one corrupting the other. The Chinese also believe black is an essential part of the natural world. Traditional Chinese physics teach that there are five elements all represented by a color with black representing water.
In Japan, black is associated with mystery, the night, the unknown, the supernatural, the invisible and death, but when white and black are combined it symbolizes intuition. Black can also symbolize experience as it does in martial arts where white is for a novice and black for an expert.
Even when black became part of the attire people wore, it was still used to symbolize something. In the early Middle Ages nobility and the wealthy usually wore bright colors, and did not wear black except for sable furs which were a mark of the very rich. By the 14th century high quality dyes including black, arrived on the market. Magistrates and government officials began to wear the color to reflect the seriousness and importance of their positions. With this happening it was not long before “sumptuary laws” appeared.
Excerpt from Wikipedia.org:
Sumptuary laws (from Latin sumptuariae leges) are laws that attempt to regulate permitted consumption. Black's Law Dictionary defines them as "Laws made for the purpose of restraining luxury or extravagance, particularly against inordinate expenditures in the matter of apparel, food, furniture, etc." Traditionally, they were laws that regulated and reinforced social hierarchies and morals through restrictions, often depending upon a person's social rank, on permitted clothing, food, and luxury expenditures.
By the 18th century black was not as fashionable. For example, in Paris the fashionable colors were pastels, blues, greens, yellows and white until it switched back to black during the French Revolution. Black was commonly worn during the Industrial Revolution because of the factories output of coal smoke. Later, the burning of oil would also coat buildings, people’s clothes and more.
In art and literature black was used to reflect melancholy or romanticism. Poets are often depicted wearing black with a white shirt and sometimes a scarf.
Excerpt from Wikipedia.org
The invention of new, inexpensive synthetic black dyes and the industrialization of the textile industry meant that good-quality black clothes were available for the first time to the general population. In the 19th century gradually black became the most popular color of business dress of the upper and middle classes in England, the Continent and America.
Black dominated literature and fashion in the 19th century, and played a large role in painting. James McNeil Whistler made the color the subject of his most famous painting, Arrangement in grey and black number one (1871), better known as Whistler's Mother.
Then black took a turn when it became a color associated with anarchism and fascism. By the 20th century black was back in a whole new way! In the 1950s black was the symbol of individuality, intellectualism and social rebellion. A black leather jacket was worn by Marlon Brando in the film The Wild One, as was it worn by musicians, artists, and poets who wanted to separate themselves from the “older generation.” In the 1960s black continued in the fore, but it also was diminishing here and there. While actress Audrey Hepburn looked stunning in a little black dress in the movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s, outside of film black was being worn less and less as formal wear. Even those wearing 'rebellious black' of the 1950s and 1960s looked neat and put together compared to the 1970s when black arrive in the punk trend.
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Punk clothing was initially home-made until designers like Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier started to incorporate punk styles into their clothing lines. Soon, big name stores jumped on the band wagon and mass produced their own versions of punk clothing. Black t-shirts incorporated words like "Destroy," inverted crosses or swastikas to adorn them. Black jeans, bondage pants, and trousers (made of leather, with leopard designs or plain) were treated the same way. Black belts had metal studs or spikes, as were blazers and leather jackets adorned with the same slogans, words, medals, or neon colors. The black shoes were military style boots, motorcycle boots, creepers or brothel type shoes that had thick heels. During this trend men and women also wore heavy black eyeliner around the eyes.
By the 1980s, the gothic trend came to the fore and had many of the same characteristics of punk with the addition of more black including lipstick and nail polish. Goth clothing was usually all black from head to toe with punk accessories like spiked neck chokers, heavy bracelets and piercings.
Today black is considered timeless and classic. It can be paired with any other color and if done well can be worn all by itself without giving off a negative feeling. The color black like its social opposite, white, is a staple in the fashion world.
Excerpt from becomegorgeous.com
Black and white are definitely two of the most popular colors found in fashion as they are never absent from the runway fashion presentations. The black and white fashion trend is a timeless trend which will never go out of style due to the elegance and simplicity exuded by the colors.
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Black is not just in our clothes, but in jewelry too! Cliptomania.com has over 500+ clip-on earrings in various colors including black by itself or with other colors. On the website we have a sub-section in the Classic vertical menu called Black and White. This section contains only Black, White or Black & White earrings. Other clip on earrings are scattered throughout the website that have black as a contributory color. Black in metal-plating is referred to as "Hematite" and in a Gemstone it is most often called "Onyx." Then there are the terms like “Jet” that refer to black as a crystal color.
Stop by www.cliptomania.com to not only see the black non-pierced earrings we offer, but all the other colors that add that finishing pop to your wardrobe.