The regal color Purple
Violet is rich, is regal. The shade of purple (officially PANTONE 18-3838) has nabbed the honor of Pantone’s Colour of the Year, replacing Greenery, the hue of 2017. Over the years, Pantone’s designated annual colour has proven to inspire and align with happenings in fashion, design, and more, and this year is no different. But violet or purple has a rich history and has been considered regal long before 2018. The process of making a purple dye was extremely expensive and the result was a bright, rich and lasting colour. Because of the astronomical price, purple was reserved for kings, nobles, priests and magistrates around the Mediterranean. When an angry mob was threatening the palace in Constantinople (see Nika Inspiration here) Theodora said: “May I never be deprived of this purple robe”.
Gemstones come in many colours and hues but one stone that perfectly captures the regal violet-purple is the amethyst. Due to its scarcity and its colour, amethyst was included in the cardinal or most valuable gemstones along with diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald up until the 18th century. However, since the discovery of extensive deposits in locations such as Brazil, it has lost part of its value and amethyst is no longer considered a cardinal gem. The beautiful, intense violet-purple remains highly attractive. Amethysts could already be found at the court in Egypt. When the peridot was discovered, according to Pliny at the time of queen Berenice (see the Secret of Berenice Inspiration here), both gems were undoubtedly combines, since purple and warm green match perfectly.