See Beadshaper Gallery for fabulous fashionable hand crafted jewelry.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021


The color purple is a mixture of blue and red. The earliest purple dyes came from Phoenicia about 4000 years ago and were extracted from certain shell fish. The purple dyes were very expensive because it took many shell fish to make a small amount of dye. Therefore purple became the color of royalty in various empires including ancient Egypt, then Persia, and then Rome among others. During the Middle Ages it was used in the cloaks of the highest clergy in the Roman Catholic hierarchy. An English chemist named William Perkins in 1856 developed a method for making synthetic purple dye from coal tar. This discovery made  purple products relatively inexpensive and therefore available to common people. 

You can find the color purple in a lampwork glass bead handcrafted by the Beadshaper at   PURPLE RIPPLE HEART GLASS BEAD (

If you would like to leave a comment or send a note to a friend, please do so by clicking the link below.

No comments: