However, yellow has not always had such positive connotations in the West, it can be seen as the colour of ambivalence and jealousy. Yellow is also symbolic in America of cowardice, as opposed to the Chinese association of the colour with heroism. This is believed to be due to the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods where yellow was established as the colour of clothes worn by Judas Iscariot; the disciple who betrayed Christ. This connection branded yellow with connotations of envy and jealousy.
Yellow is a colour more commonly associated with gold, taken from the Latin word ‘arum’ which translates as ‘yellow’. In Ancient Egypt, yellow/gold was considered to be what the skin and bones of the gods were made of, as it was perceived as imperishable and indestructible. The Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings using either yellow ochre or the highly toxic brilliant orpiment made from arsenic, also found in a small paint box within the tomb of King Tutankhamen. The earliest traces of yellow made from yellow ochre pigment in clay has been found in prehistoric stone art in the cave of Lascaux, France estimated to be 17,300 years old.
There are a wide range of yellow gems and stones which can be found in many items at Grays such as Amber, yellow sapphire, yellow jade and yellow diamond.
|French 18ct gold flower earrings, offered by DB Gems|
|Citrine Heart Ring by Repossi, offered by DB Gems|
|18th Century lemon yellow enamelled curiosity bon bon box, offered by Michael Longmore|
|19th Century High quality cut glass Bohemian goblet with cover, offered by Mousa Antiques|
|Art Deco Egyptian Revival necklace, offered by MGN Collectables|
|Brocade Chinese vintage jacket, offered by Vintage Modes|