The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh. – Rumi (1207-1273 A.D.)
Other times of the year might be more popular for proposing marriage than St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). But like any day on the calendar, we think it’s a fine time, especially when the color green is involved. Among its many positive associations, green is a universal symbol of life, nature, growth, and harmony–all the things your love is about, right? So why not add a little to green to your ring?
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we pay homage to the “Emerald Isle” and its foremost patron saint, St. Patrick, the 5th-century Irish missionary and priest. In current times, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. In the U.S., St. Paddy’s Day (Paddy is short for Pádraig, the Gaelic name for Saint Patrick) has become an annual tradition in cities and towns across the country, marked by parades, feasts, and (often rowdy) revelry.
The color green is also a long-standing symbol of the day–green shamrocks (a plant with three heart-shaped leaves), green beer, green hair, green outfits are everywhere. Here in Chicago, where Love & Promise Jewelers makes its home and where many Irish-Americans live, we even dye our river green!
There are many gemstones that radiate this powerful hue, in variations ranging from bold to subtle. The most well-known green gem is the emerald. Known to be the favorite stone of history’s most famous lover, Cleopatra, the emerald is most commonly mined in South America, southern Africa, and Russia. (Though it rates higher on the hardness scale, emeralds are not as “tough” as diamonds so must be worn with extra care.)
Take a look at our emerald rings! All bands are 100% American handcrafted with conflict-free diamonds and recycled 14kt white gold.
See more beautiful emerald rings in our Rosados Box collection here:
Some of our other favorite gemstones in the green family include:
- Amethyst – that’s right! Amethyst isn’t only purple. Heat-treating certain types of amethyst produces a green color; green amethyst is also known as prasiolite
- Peridot – relatively inexpensive and plentiful, this gem is found in Burma, Pakistan, and the US; its most sought-after colors are bright lime green and the more subdued olive greens
- Sapphire – For centuries, sapphires have been associated with royalty and romance. Many sapphires are blue, but the gem comes in many other colors including purple, yellow, and green. Sapphires are found across the globe in Australia, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Thailand, and the U.S.
Other green gemstones include Alexandrite, Topaz, and Tourmaline. Learn more about gemstones on our website: http://www.loveandpromisejewelers.com/index.php/gem-differences/
We wish your love to be forever green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!0