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