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Along with the Egyptians, the Chinese were one of the first cultures to perfect nail art. Chinese Nail polish was coloured with vegetable dyes and You Are My Sunshine Only My Sunshine Johnny Cash Shirt, mixed with egg whites, beeswax, and gum Arabic, which helped fix the colour in place. From around 600 BC, gold and silver were favourite colours, but by the Ming dynasty of the fifteenth century, favourite shades included red and black- or the colour of the ruling imperial house, often embellished with gold dust. Another advantage of Chinese nail polish was it protected the nails. The strengthening properties of the mixture proved useful because, from the Ming dynasty onwards, excessively long fingernails were in vogue amongst the upper classes. By the time of the Qing dynasty, which lasted from the seventeenth until the twentieth century, these nails could reach 8-10 inches long.