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St Patrick’s Day

patch.jpgSt Pat’s Day is a popular day for all those who like to celebrate everything Irish.  With our very own Patrick in the family (see photo), this is one holiday close to our hearts.  And as Glen Innes is known as the heart of Celtic Country, we have lots of excuse to wear the green on March 17th.

Green is the colour for Saint Patrick and in the world of gemstones, there is a wealth of choice.  In honour of Ireland, “the Emerald Isle” we should probably put emeralds at the top of the list.  Other gemstone alternatives in green include peridot, sapphire, tsavorite, chrome diopside, demantoide garnet and tourmaline.

emeralds3.JPGGreen tourmaline from Aussie SapphireCurrently we have faceted tourmaline and peridot listed online and we also have some emerald (faceted gems from Zambia and rough from Nigeria and Torrington) in stock.  We also have some green tourmaline and parti sapphire in stock which show varying shades of green.  NOTE: update from 2014 – we have much reduced stock of gemstones now so previous statement may not be strictly accurate.

If you want to celebrate St Pat’s Day with a nice green rock, just give us a call.

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See these websites for more information about St Patrick and his Day:

stpatrick2.jpgSaint Patrick is, of course, the patron saint of Ireland.  Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland (as seen in the image at left- sourced from the Saint Patrick Centre).  However, since there are no snakes in Ireland, it is thought that this legend originated from the rise in popularity of Christianity over paganism due to the work of missionaries such as Saint Patrick.  Serpents were often associated with sin/evil or used as symbols by the druids.

Saint Patrick is also credited with using the shamrock (or three-leafed clover) to explain the concept of the Trinity and to this day, people wear the colour green or shamrocks to celebrate the day.

Although Patrick is widely known as a saint, he was never actually canonised by a Pope (source: Wikipedia) as in the early days of the Christian church, canonisations were often done at a regional level.  However, it is probably true that this day is one of the most popular on the calendar.

March 17th is believed to be the day that Saint Patrick died and is celebrated as his feast day.  Now, the day has gone beyond its religious meaning and has become a celebration of the Irish culture by people all over the world.  And so, using the words of the Irish:

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit

or “Happy St Patrick’s Day” to you from Aussie Sapphire