Edna L. asked these questions about the Temple. I thought you would find them interesting as well, so I have included them in our FAQs.
What is the purpose of the bells on the priestly robes?
And a rope tied around their ankle?
Gold because of its pureness, malleability and expense. Gold is a rare commodity. Its price remains stable over time when comparing it to other basic commodities. When inflation hits, the price of gold rises the same amount as the average of all other non-manufactured goods. It is so stable that we, at one time, used it as the standard for our monitory system. Its malleability is related to the nature of HaShem. HaShem is the substitute for His sacred name, YHVH, which translates "I AM". His name means, "I am what I am.", and "I become what I become."
Scarlet represents blood because of its brilliant red nature. Red in Hebrew is adom and its root is dam or blood which is brilliant red as it comes fresh from the body. The term scarlet (Heb. Sha-niy) is derived from the insect which produces the dye of that color i.e., brilliant red. The Hebrew for blood is "dam". The first man was called "Adam" The mystical meaning of the letters indicate that Adam was a G-d kind with blood. Leviticus 17:11 tells us that life is in the Blood and that He gave it to us on the altar for atonement. Therefore we see that Scarlet pictures what went on in the temple and the nature of the life in Man.
Purple indicates royalty, a mixing of heavenly, i.e., Godly and man, i.e., earthly. In making purple we mix two primary colors, blue and red. Blue representing heaven, is the abode of G-d. Red being blood indicates the nature of the priesthood being chosen by G-d to represent himself here in the earth. Purple is the color choice of kings because it was more expensive to make purple than other colors. Often kings called themselves god because the nature of kings is the nature of a god. Their subjects are obligated to obey them and disobedience often produced death.