Skip To Content

    15 Things You Probably Never Knew About Colors That Will Make You Say "WHAT?"

    Blue didn't even exist for a while!

    1. Our ancestors didn't perceive the color blue like we do today.

    2. Blue was the first color to be synthetically produced.

    3. If a woman wore light blue during the Renaissance, it meant she was young and marriageable.

    4. Before 1856, the color purple came from snail mucus.

    Cleopatra needed 20,000 snails soaked for ten days to obtain one ounce of purple dye for her royal clothing. Purple clothing during the Renaissance and Medieval era was very difficult to find since the snail used to make the royal color was almost extinct.

    5. Which made it incredibly difficult and expensive to get purple dye, making it the perfect color for royalty — especially Roman emperors.

    6. But it was exceedingly expensive. Some emperors even thought it was out of their price range.

    7. Mauve was created by accident in 1856.

    8. The first known red sports uniform, was used during the late Roman Empire for chariot racing team.

    9. The Aztecs of Mexico made red dye by crushing insects called cochineals.

    10. Mary, Queen of Scots, wore a red petticoat to her execution, as a symbolic way of stating her innocence.

    11. In 17th-century France, only rich people could wear red shoes.

    12. In many Asian countries, red is the traditional color for a wedding dress.

    13. During the Renaissance, prostitutes in most Italian cities had to wear yellow.

    14. Queen Victoria actually started the white wedding dress trend.

    15. Pink was used for boys and blue for girls until the 1940s.

    Color me impressed!