When Swarovski published their 2014 calendar, they included a stunning jewelry design project for each month. The design for the month of March, titled “Forty Shades of Green” and designed by Ron Rock, brings sparkling green crystal jewelry sets to the fore with a stunning necklace featuring over 100 Swarovski crystals dangled from cable chain. He uses crystals in Dark Moss Green, Peridot, Fern Green and Emerald.
A little history about Forty Shades of Green
When we hear the phrase Forty Shades of Green, of course now we think of the steamy romance novel, but before Forty Shades of Grey was published this title would have immediately brought to mind the Johnny Cash song of the same title recorded and released in 1959 as an homage to Ireland whilst he was touring there:
Johnny Cash was inspired by the luscious greenery of Ireland singing, “Again I want to see and do, the things we’re done and seen, where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar, and there’s forty shades of green.”
It goes back much further than the twentieth-century though; people have been using this phrase to describe the breath-taking green landscape of Ireland for hundreds of years. Part of the reason for Ireland’s lush landscape is the mild climate. The weather there is known to be unpredictable and ever-changing, but only within a small window. In fact, the average temperature is a mild 50 degrees. Influenced by activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Irish weather is never too cold or too hot for the greenery to flourish.
Michele Erdvig of the blog IrelandYes! was actually able to identify 78 distinct shades of green in her stunning photos of Irish hills and plant life.
And you don’t have to be Irish to wear green crystal necklace sets
Why not celebrate the onset of spring and St Patrick’s day with a little bit of green sparkle of your own? Check out some of the luscious green pieces from our collection.[products skus=”14S03, 14S04, 13F95, 13F91,13F83, 118″ columns=”3″ orderby=”date” order=”desc”]