Rose (heraldic tincture)

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Rose is the tincture of rose or pink as used in heraldry.

Rose has been introduced in Canadian heraldry from the late 20th century. It is considered a colour along with azure (blue), gules (red), vert (green) and sable (black). It is slightly similar to the tincture carnation which is used in French heraldry, but not quite, as carnation is a beige used for human skin depiction, while rose is a brand new heraldic colour, much closer to pink.[1]

The colour features e.g. in the coat of arms of former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell.[2] It remains to be seen whether the tincture will be used in heraldic arms in other countries.



  1. ^ Appleton, David B. (2002). "New Directions in Heraldry" (PDF). p. 3. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  2. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1995, p. 380
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