Monday, November 5, 2012

Color of the Week ~ Saffron

The color, Saffron, gets its name from the tip of the saffron crocus thread. The spice, Saffron, comes from this tip. This is a magnified view of dried Greek red crocus thread. The actual length is about 20mm.

Image by Adamantios

The stigmas, or threads from the crocus flowers are plucked, piled, and dried. Saffron is very expensive because the process is done nearly all by hand during a few, brief days in October and the yield is very small.

Image by Moka2002n

You can see the stigmas in this Crocus Sativus, an autumn-blooming species from which the spice is obtained.

Image by Saravask

The rich Saffron color is shown in this detail from an ancient Santorini fresco.

Saffron Gatherers

And look at the beauty of Saffron threads on a tulip flower captured by this photographer.

Image by albastrica mititica

Wearing this lovely bangle bracelet would remind me of the wonderful Saffron spice.

Matt Saffron color bangle

A Saffron and cedar-scented candle would make the house smell delightful.


I love this Saffron yellow sea glass necklace.

Etsy Shop: cjsseashop

Isn't this silk beautiful?

Etsy Shop: FabricMart

I can imagine making a beautiful sweater with this Saffron, Cinnamon, and Clove custom-created yard.

Image by Stefanie Japel

Giraffe card #148 has a bit of a Saffron color going on, don't you think? He might look good in that Saffron, Cinnamon, and Clove sweater.


  1. Oooh. See? You learn something every day. I did not know saffron was so pretty.

    -Ani Rae

  2. I was always very curious about's pretty... I will stick to my basic pink, but hmm how would pink & saffron look together....mabye another combo for you?

    Thanks for letting me stroll through your blog it's fun!