St. Patrick’s Day is known as a day for wearing green, and pieces of gemstone jewelry that feature green gemstones are prefect picks for this holiday. Their vibrant sparkle is a lovely way to celebrate not only the festivities of March 17th, but also the message of life that the real St. Patrick brought to the Emerald Isle.
When he was 16, St. Patrick was abducted and taken to Ireland, where he was a held captive for six years. During this time, he turned to prayer and became a devout Christian. According to his writings, one night while St. Patrick was praying he heard a voice telling him that he would soon go to his own country. St. Patrick escaped and walked 200 miles to the Irish coast, and eventually returned to his home and family.
Once home in England, St. Patrick began to study for the ministry and sensed God calling him to return to Ireland as a missionary. He heeded this call and, once he was ordained, he headed back to the Emerald Isle, where he sought to share the message of God’s love.
In honor of the real St. Patrick, let’s take a look at three green gemstones—stones in the color of the life that he sought to bring to the Emerald Isle.
As one of the four classic precious gemstones, the emerald has been adored for thousands of years. While it’s been used in jewelry for millennia, it’s a particularly stylish pick at present: “Emerald” was named Pantone’s color of the year. The rich green sparkle of emerald jewelry of all kinds brings to mind a lush field of grass after a summer rain. For instance, the Emerald and Diamond Victorian Ring in 14K White Gold emphasizes the timeless beauty of the emerald, placing it in a lavish vintage setting. Pair it or any other emerald ring with the Emerald Stud Earrings in 14K White Gold for a look that’s pulled together and full of life.
Peridot has a more golden hue than the emerald, calling to mind a sun-drenched spring day. It, too, has been used in jewelry for thousands of years and was nicknamed the “emerald of the evening” by the Romans for its ability to retain its fresh green color, even in the dim lights that were used after dusk. Peridot jewelry such as the 1.75 Carat Oval Cut Peridot and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold is a lively pick for St. Patrick’s Day.
Green amethyst may not be as well-known as emerald or peridot, nor does it have as long a history as a gemstone, but it provides equally intriguing color. Green amethyst jewelry like the Sea-Foam Green Amethyst and Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold provides an alluring soft green sparkle that’s simultaneously soothing and refreshing.
Pieces that feature emerald, peridot or green amethyst are excellent picks for St. Patrick’s Day. Choose one of these glimmering green stones to symbolize life—and the message of the real St. Patrick.