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Gold (color)

Gold, also called golden, is a yellowish orange color which is a representation of the color of the element gold.

Golden (web color gold)

The web color gold, displayed at right, (also referred to as orange-yellow) is traditionally referred to as golden in order to distinguish it from the color metallic gold. The use of gold as a color term in traditional usage is confined to referring to the color "metallic gold" (shown below). The first recorded use of golden as a color name in English was in the year 1300 to refer to the element gold and in 1423 to refer to blonde hair.

Gold (metallic gold)

At right is displayed a representation of the color metallic gold (the color traditionally known as gold) which is a simulation of the color of the actual metallic element gold itself—gold shade.

The source of this color is the ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955), a color dictionary used by stamp collectors to identify the colors of stamps--See color sample of the color Gold (Color Sample Gold (T) #84) displayed on indicated web page:

The distinctive sheen of a metallic color cannot be indicated on a computer screen as the web color display process has no mechanism for indicating metallic or fluorescent colors.

The first recorded use of gold as a color name in English was in the year 1400.

Web color gold vs. metallic gold

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the color metallic gold as "A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow."

Of course, the visual sensation usually associated with the metal gold is its metallic shine. This cannot be reproduced by a simple solid color, because the shiny effect is due to the material's reflective brightness varying with the surface's angle to the light source.

This is why in art a metallic paint that glitters in an approximation of real gold would be used; a solid color like that of the cell displayed in the box to the right does not aesthetically "read" as gold. Especially in sacral art in Christian churches, real gold (as gold leaf) was used for rendering gold in paintings, e.g. for the halo of saints. Gold can also be woven into sheets of silk to give an East Asian traditional look.

More recent art styles, e.g. Art Nouveau, also made use of a metallic, shining gold; however, the metallic finish of such paints was added using fine aluminum powder and pigment rather than actual gold.

Metallic gold in interior design

There are three colors of Metallic Gold paint for coloring interior or exterior trim that are especially popular in San Francisco to use for trim in or on Victorian houses: Old Gold (a coppery gold color), Rich Gold (a bright metallic golden color), and Bright Gold (a yellowish gold color that looks like the color of brass). These metallic gold colors are sometimes called Byzantine Colors because of their popularity in the Byzantine Empire.

Vegas gold

Displayed at right is the color Vegas gold.

'Vegas gold'', rendered within narrow limits, is associated with the glamorous casinos and hotels of the Las Vegas Strip in the resort city of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Old gold

Old gold is a dark yellow, which varies from light olive or olive brown to deep or strong yellow. The widely-accepted color "Old Gold" is on the darker rather than the lighter side of this range.

The first recorded use of old gold as a color name in English was in the early 1800s (exact year uncertain).

Old Gold and Black are the team colors of Purdue University Boilermakers intercollegiate sports teams. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wear White and Old Gold.

Pale gold

The color pale gold is displayed at right.

This is the color called gold in Crayola crayons since 1958.

Golden poppy

Golden poppy is a shade of golden that is the color of the California poppy-- the official state flower of California--the Golden State.

The first recorded use of golden poppy as a color name in English was in 1927.

The source of this color is a color sample taken from the Wikipedia article on the California poppy.


The color sunglow is displayed at right.

This is a Crayola crayon color formulated in 1990.

Sunglow is also called "MU Gold" by the University of Missouri and is used as the official school color along with black.

Golden yellow

Golden yellow is the color halfway between amber and yellow. It is a color that is 87.5% yellow and 12.5% red.

The first recorded use of golden yellow as a color name in English was in the year 1597.

Golden brown

At right is displayed the color golden brown.

The first recorded use of golden brown as a color name in English was in the year 1891.

Source of color: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of golden brown (color sample #74)(matches color called golden brown in A Dictionary of Colorby Maerz and Paul):

Golden in nature




Shades of golden color comparison chart

The purpose of the color comparison chart is, by arranging the shades of a particular color in approximate order from lightest at the top to most saturated in the middle to darkest at the bottom, to allow the Wikipedia user to more easily choose a color they may need for a particular use. Having the colors arranged by shade rather than alphabetically makes it easier to do this.
  • Old Lace (web color) (Hex: #FFA6C9) (RGB: 245, 245, 220)
  • Linen (web color) (Hex: #FAF0E6) (RGB: 250, 240, 230)
  • Cornsilk (web color) (Hex: #FFF8DC) (RGB: 255, 248, 220)
  • Beige (web color) (Hex: #F5F5DC) (RGB: 245, 245, 220)
  • Cream (Hex: #FFFDD0) (RGB: 255, 253, 208)
  • Lemon Cream (web color) (Hex: #FFFACD) (RGB: 255, 250, 205)
  • Pale Goldenrod (web color) (Hex: #EEE8AA) (RGB: 238, 232, 170)
  • Wheat (web color) (Hex: #F5DEB3) (RGB: 245, 222, 179)
  • Dandelion (Crayola) (Hex: #FED85D) (RGB: 254, 216, 93)
  • Mustard (Hex: #FFDB58) (RGB: 255, 219, 88)
  • Medium Goldenrod (Crayola Goldenrod) (Hex: #FCD667) (RGB: 252, 214, 103)
  • Corn (Hex: #FBEC5D) (RGB: 251, 236, 93)
  • Lemon Yellow (Lemon) Hex: #FDE910) (RGB: 253, 233, 16)
  • Golden Yellow (Hex: #FFDF00) (RGB: 255, 223, 0)
  • School Bus Yellow (Hex: #FFD800) (RGB: 255, 216, 0)
  • GOLDEN (web color Gold) (Hex: #FFD700) (RGB: 255, 215, 0)
  • Sunglow (Crayola) (Hex: #FFCC33) (RGB: 255, 204, 51)
  • Tangerine Yellow (Hex: #FFCC00) (RGB: 255, 204, 0)
  • Saffron (Hex: #F4C430) (RGB: 244, 196, 48)
  • Golden Poppy (Hex: #FCC200) (RGB: 252, 194, 0)
  • Amber (Hex: #FFBF00) (RGB: 255, 191, 0)
  • Selective Yellow (Hex: #FFBA00) (RGB: 255, 186, 0)
  • Macaroni and Cheese (Crayola) (Hex: #FFB79B) (RGB: 255, 185, 123)
  • Sandy Brown (web color) (Hex: #F4A460) (RGB: 244, 164, 96)
  • Desert Sand (Crayola) (Hex: #EDC9AF) (RGB: 237, 201, 175)
  • Pale Gold (Crayola Gold) (Hex: #E6BE8A) (RGB: 230, 190, 138)
  • Brass (Hex: #C3A368) (RGB: 195, 163, 104)
  • California Gold (Hex: #A98F64) (RGB: 169, 143, 100)
  • Vegas Gold (Hex: #C5B356) (RGB: 197, 179, 88)
  • Old Gold (Hex: #CFB53B) (RGB: 207, 181, 59)
  • Metallic Gold (Hex: #D4AF37) (RGB: 212, 175, 55)
  • Goldenrod (web color) (Hex: #DAA520) (RGB: 218, 165, 32)
  • Peru (web color) (Hex: #CD853F) (RGB: 205, 133, 63)
  • Rose Gold (Hex: #B76E79) (RGB: 183, 110, 121)
  • Ochre (Hex: #CC7722) (RGB: 204, 119, 34)
  • Dark Goldenrod (web color) (Hex: #b8860B) (RGB: 184, 134, 11)
  • Sandy Taupe (Hex: #967117) (RGB: 150, 113, 23)
  • Golden Brown (Hex: #996515) (RGB: 153, 101, 21)
  • Raw Umber (Hex: #734A12) (RGB: 115, 74, 18)

Golden in human culture

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Schools which use gold as a school color include:

Sororities which use gold as an official color include:


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