Purple VSCO Stickers - The Royal Color

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The color purple has often been associated with royalty, power and wealth. For centuries this color had an elite status stems from the rarity and cost of the dye originally used to produce it.

But also, Queen Elizabeth I banned anyone except close members of the royal family to wear it.

Purple dye was very expensive because it was initially produced in the Phoenician trading city of Tyre. But another reason for the very high price was because of the materials used to make. It would take 9,000 mollusks to create just one gram of Tyrian purple, which were very rare snails in the Mediterranean.

But now it’s a widely used color everywhere in the world and its affordable for everyone.

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Why purple is associated with royalty?

The reason for purple’s regal reputation comes down to a simple case of supply and demand. It come from a rare species of snails which become worth its weight in gold.

Wealthy and the upper class could only afford to buy and wear the color so, it become associated with the imperial classes of Rome, Egypt and Persia. But sometimes the dye would be so rare that it would get too expensive for the royalty.

In the Elizabethan era (1558 to 1603), purple would be exclusive. During, this time everyone in England had to abide by Sumptuous Laws, which strictly regulated what colors could and couldn’t be worn by other classes within English society. Queen Elizabeth I banned anyone except from her close family and relatives to wear purple, so the color not only reflected the wearer’s wealth but also their regal status.

History Of The Color Purple

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As we know purple was extremely rare and dates back centuries. The Persian king Cyrus adopted purple tunic as his royal uniform and from there some Roman emperors went to the extreme measures to forbid their citizens, from wearing purple clothing under penalty of death.

In Byzantine Empire purple was a special color. The rulers wore flowing purple robes and signed their edicts in purple ink, and their children were born in the purple as it was described by many.

But after the fall of Byzantine empire in the 15th century the color purple become less and less associated with class and royalty. However, the color didn’t become more widely available until the 1850s., when the first synthetic dyes hit the market.

The color become more accessible to lower classes about a century ago. In 19th century, English chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally created a synthetic purple compound, which was an anti-malaria drug. It would dye fabric, so he patented the dye and manufactured it under the original name and aniline purple which made him fortunes.

Purple And VSCO Stickers

Purple come to represent spirituality and holiness because the ancient emperors, kings and queens that wore the color were often thought of as gods or descendants of the gods.

Even though now the color purple isn’t associated with the wealth or luxury it can still be associated with spirituality. So, purple VSCO stickers are popular among anyone who’s into the VSCO theme.

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Why is purple so rare in nature?

Purple is rare in nature because compounds that absorb in the requisite range of the electromagnetic spectrum are extremely rare and difficult to produce biologically.

But some vibrant plants, animals and fungi do show off a regal purple, using it to warn predators, attract pollinators and protect themselves for the harsh UV rays from the sun.

However, mammals are unable to create pigments for purple and birds and insects are only able to display purple through structural coloration, meaning when the light hits their body.

The rarity of purple dyes is the reason for purple being associated with royalty as the color was only affordable for the extremely rich until the first synthetic dye, was discovered by Perkin when attempting to synthesize the anti-malaria drug.

However, the color purple is still considered very spiritual which is a perfect fit for the VSCO stickers. It represents the rare gems in the nature and reflects the rare personality of a VSCO girl or boy. This is because its liked by very creative or eccentric and is the favorite color of adolescent girls.

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