Saint Patrick’s Day, celebrated annually on March 17th, is the most observed national holiday in the world. The date, which is traditionally considered to be the death date of the patron saint of Ireland, was made an official Christian feast day in the seventeenth century, although it had been celebrated for centuries before that. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, but nowadays the holiday bearing his name is more generally associated with honoring Irish culture and heritage. In America, even though the date is not a national holiday, Saint Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated, and even those who can’t trace their roots directly back to Ireland enjoy getting swept up in the fervor.
Of all the traditions associated with the holiday, the best known (and one of the easiest to follow) is the wearing of the color green. The hue has become closely associated with Saint Patrick’s Day for several reasons, not least of which is Ireland’s verdant landscape. It’s the color of the shamrock, the three-leafed plant Saint Patrick used to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. It was also the color adopted by Irish revolutionary groups, tying the wearing of green to national identity. And of course legend has it that if you don’t wear green on Saint Patrick’s Day, you might get pinched by a leprechaun.
If kelly green isn’t a regular wardrobe staple for you, you don’t need to fret. Wearing actual emeralds is a great way to join the annual celebration of the Emerald Isle without stuffing your closet with clothes you won’t use the rest of the year. Emeralds are considered one the “big three” of precious gems, and emerald jewelry is a classic addition to any jewelry collection, an investment that will hold its value over time.
If you want a piece that will look great for a day at work, consider an emerald pendant or a pair of earrings. Emeralds can be on the fragile side, due to the inclusions commonly found in natural stones. If you work with your hands, you may want to leave pieces like rings or bracelets for evening wear, where they will be less likely to be knocked around. Save those for when you are headed out to a party, and add an emerald necklace, a dazzling cocktail ring, or dangling diamond-and-emerald earrings for the perfect finishing touch to your ensemble.
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