Color Symbolism and Meaning

Color Symbolism and Meaning

I found this list in an old book.The reason why this may be of importance is pretty self-evident: if you have a message to communicate the colors can be used as an additional code. This can be done with jewelry, flowers and art pieces. However, most people these days will need an explanation of what a particular color means. So perhaps this is something that is better saved for clandestine messages or something that is only supposed to have a strong personal meaning for just one or two people.

It is important to note that some colors have a broad range of meanings, and this is quite natural. It is OK for a sign to have multiple interpretations. Just make sure that the rest of the message that you are creating is absolutely clear and unambitious (unless ambiguity is precisely the effect you are going after…). So, if you have a ring with and inscription that deals with hope you can use green gems, and so on.


Red Emotion, Feeling, Love, Body.

Orange Aspiration for the Self.

Yellow Intuition, Wisdom.

Green Virginity, Immortality, Growth, Aspiration, Hope.

Blue Intellect, Thought, Truth, Spirit.

Straw Intuitive Perception, Budding Spiritual Consciosness.

Turquoise Sublimity, Infinity, Immensity,Culture, Morality.

Ecru Human Passion, Desire, Earthliness.

Cafe-au-lait Semi-Consciousness, a Worldly Life.

Antwerp Blue Beauty, Power, Nobility, Integrity.

Coffee Indecision, Materiality, Attachment, Sensuous Consciousness,and Pleasure.

Purple Royalty, Glory, Exaltation, Honor, Magnetic Attraction, Success, Truthfulness.

Drab Potential Clairvoyance, Instinct, Genius, Precocity.

Sapphire Spiritual Perception, Realization, Loveliness.

Seal Brown Coldness, Indifference, Repulsion, Physical Comfort.

Violet Love of Truth and Good, Consecration, Humility, Lowliness, Divine Zeal and Earnest of Spirit.

Mauve Spiritual Affection.

Cherry Connubial Love and Devotion.

Dove Innocence, Harmlessness, Steadfastness, Patience, Prescience.

Salmon Pink Ardency, Buoyancy, Exuberancy, Love of the World.

Lilac Sweetness, Intensity, Aggressiveness, Impulsiveness.

Scarlet Temper, Lust, Horror, Murder, Hate.

Pearl Grey Unobtrusiveness, Shyness, Taste, Refinement, Spiritual Recognition.

Melon Fullness of Life, Vivacity, Magnetism, Impressibility, Susceptibility.

Olive Green Earthly, Deceitful, Treacherous, Unfaithfulness, Jealousy, Fear.

Robin's Egg Blue Faithfulness, Love of Truth, Decision, Constancy, Trust.

Pink Gentleness, Amiability, Fondness for Friends, Pure Human Love.

Heliotrope Seriousness, Sadness, Individuality, Loneliness.

Apple Green Deep Hope.

Nile Green Differentiation, Change, Restlessness, Disappointment.

Red Rose Love of Sex, Human Love in all Natural Forms.

Lavender Gentleness, Soberness, Subtlety, Penetration.

Magenta Intense Humanity, Philanthropy, Devotion to Unpopular Cause or Truth, Decided Character.

Corn Light-heartedness, Freedom of Mind, Pleasure.

Cyan Blue Occultism, Deepness, Melancholy, Visionary.

Lemon Love of Light, Peace, Serenity, Cheerfulness.

Claret Moody, Distrust, Suspicion, Weakness, Passion.

Ocher Earthly, Vehemence, Coarse Affection and Sensual Attractions.

Peacock Blue Repose, Self-love, Egoism, Concentration.

Canary Sunshiny, Brightness, Love of Spiritual Things.

Gray Clairvoyance.

Brown Earthly.

White Rose Silence, Realization, Purity, God.

Fawn Love of Life, Children, Nature, Helplessness.

Cardinal Power, Imperialism, Grandeur, Strength, Tyranny, Cruelty, War.

Gobelin Blue Same as Peacock Blue, but not so Defined.

Terra Cotta Earthly.

Buff Perception, Sense, Reason, Judgment.

Maroon Earthly but also Gentleness, Obedience.

It appears that the names of some colors are not immediately clear, so I will have to work on their meanings later!