“I’ll rather have roses on my table, than diamonds on my neck”- Emma Goldman.
From time immemorial, roses have always symbolized emotions, intense feelings, appreciation, sympathy and support for our loved ones.
A rose speaks that which the mouth cannot. It connotes intense feelings from the heart. There are no doubt the different rose colours and their meanings.
Hold on! You don’t want to end up passing the wrong information to your loved one. Imagine you used a black rose to signify passion for a loved one. Oops! That would be totally embarrassing.
Good news is that I’m here to cater for your needs… I’ll be explaining different colours of roses and its meanings.
The Different Rose Colours and Their Meanings
This is probably the most common rose colour you’ll find around yeah? The colour red signifies the following; True love, Courage, Passion, Romance, Respect, Beauty, Congratulations or even a job well done.
So when next you want to express intense love and feelings for bae, a red rose would be just perfect. Whether for a birthday, valentine or even just a random surprise, red roses are a time-honored way to say “I love you”.
Just like the delicate colour pink shows, pink roses connote: appreciation, belief in someone, gratitude, admiration and grace. So a pink rose is a perfect way of saying, thank you to someone or expressing admiration for that special one.
These pink roses are always bright and beautiful to behold but fabulous and versatile as well, a classic symbol of elegance. Be it a best friend, loved one or a dependable colleague, pink roses will always create a bright spot in that special someone’s day.
Well, purple is one ‘eye catching colour’. The colour purple naturally signifies royalty but a purple rose goes further to imply splendour, fascination, wonder, a mystical feeling and the perfect expression of love at first sight. (Nothing gets better than expressing how captivating her love is with a purple rose)
Well well, yellow which is associated with the sun brings a lively atmosphere with it. Yellow roses signify, friendship, a platonic kind of love, happiness and joy.
However, in old times, yellow roses symbolized adultery, deceit and infidelity. So I’d advise that you’ll be careful on how you use it and who you use it for, remember, some people are just old soul in a young body.
White roses are also called ‘bridal roses’. They symbolize love, purity, humility, reverence, new beginnings, honour and even hope for the future. A white rose is perfect for any and all occasions that you might have in mind at all.
The colour black is synonymous with a moody atmosphere. So a black rose signifies, sadness, death, farewell to a loved one, uncertainty and loss. (So if you want to sympathize with a bereaved friend, a black rose would be perfect).
Don’t be fooled — an off-white takes on a different definition than its starker cousin. Ivory indicates both charm and thoughtfulness, says Passion Growers.
The colour orange has a wide range of significance. However, it basically signifies desire, fascination, elegance, enthusiasm,a burning desire and total charm for a loved one.
It may not be as striking as red or white roses but these beauties symbolize simplicity and unconscious beauty.
These are such bashful beauties that signify modesty.
If both the petals and the stem take on a verdant shade, good news: Green means a “constant rejuvenation of spirit.”
Some roses have the combination of two colours which just make them more awesome and beautiful. It give even more meaning and can be useful in expressing one’s thoughts and desires. Some of them are;
RED AND YELLOW ROSES
It symbolizes friendship, joviality, happy feelings or a young passionate love.
RED AND WHITE ROSES
It symbolizes unity and togetherness.
While the Victorians probably wouldn’t know what to say about these modern creations, maybe take cue from Shakespeare instead: “To paint the lily … is a wasteful and ridiculous excess.”
So guys, what are you waiting for? Why not let the rose do the talking for you and next time you want to plan your wedding or any other form of engagement or surprise, you know the different rose colours and their meanings to help you make the right choice.
Thank me later.