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Green Gems Inspired by St. Patrick’s Day

Tomorrow all our Irish friends are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! So we decided to add a little luxury to the event and take a look at some beautiful green gemstone jewellery. We’ll show you lush emeralds, green sapphires and precious peridot. We’ll also take a look at the history of St. Patrick’s Day – and why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle.

Emerald bracelet - green gemstone jewellery inspired by St. Patricks Day

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The Emerald Isle

You’ve probably heard people referring to Ireland as ‘the Emerald Isle’. The name comes from a poem called When Erin First Rose by the Irish poet, William Drennan. It refers to Ireland’s lush, grassy hills. Their vibrant colour reminded Drennan of the emerald.

These stunning emerald rings have a perfect green hue. You can see why Drennan used it to describe his home country’s luscious natural beauty.

Emerald rings - green gemstone jewellery inspired by St. Patricks Day

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The story of St. Patrick

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. In the 4th century, at 17 years of age, he was captured and taken from Wales to Ireland as a slave. For six years he worked as a shepherd. He spent most of this time alone herding sheep in the deep green valleys of Ireland, until he got a spiritual calling and became the country’s most influential religious and national figure.

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The unique colour of gem-quality peridot has often been compared to sunlight playing on green grass. These stunning peridot earrings are surrounded by a halo of diamonds and set in fine white gold. They are the ideal jewellery accessory, if you want to wear precious green gems with lots of sparkle.

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Three-stone rings

After six years in captivity, St. Patrick finally escaped home. But upon his return, he had a dream where an angel told him to return to Ireland as a missionary. According to legend, he used the Celtic shamrock symbol to explain concept of Holy Trinity to his Irish diciples. Originally the shamrock, or the three-leaf clover, was a pagan symbol of rebirth and spring.

This beautiful three-stone ring is made with one emerald and two diamonds. The origin of this modern trilogy ring design is found in Ireland. The Celtic knot, closely tied to the symbolic shamrock, was often featured on Irish trinity rings.

Emerald ring - green gemstone jewellery

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Green gemstone jewellery

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17th March. It has been observed for more than a thousand years in Ireland, as well as Irish communities around the world. The green colour associated with Ireland is always seen on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also popular during other typical Irish celebrations, sporting events and even at Irish weddings.

This beautiful emerald pendant is made with a perfect oval green gemstone. Surrounded by diamonds in a gold setting, it offers spectacular sparkle.

Emerald And Diamond Yellow Gold Pendant - Green gemstone jewellery

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Green sapphires

Finally, another green gem that deserves a special mention is the green sapphire. It’s not as famous as its blue counterpart or the emerald, but its mossy green shade is utterly luxurious. It’s also a very durable gemstone, ideal for engagement rings.

Here you can see it displayed in an exquisite green sapphire ring. Surrounded by rows of diamonds in fine hallmarked gold it adds the perfect touch of luxury to any outfit.

Green sapphire ring - green gemstone jewellery for St. Patricks Day

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