Forty Shades of Green: Green Crystal Jewelry Sets

Roslyn Fashion & Jewelry: Your Life in Color green, Green Gemstones, Ireland, jewelry, Spring, St Patrick's Day

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.

Forty Shades of Green - Ron Rock

Forty Shades of Green – Ron Rock

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.

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. With a name like O’Day (from County Clare), green is obviously my favorite color. And, as for jewelry references, don’t forget that Ireland is called the Emerald Isle! Thanks for sharing your lovely pieces, Roz, as well as Johnny Cash’s homage to Ireland … with a southern twang! 😉

  2. Thank you for sharing your connection between green and Ireland. The pieces are quite beautiful and the idea of Forty Shades of Green for the month of March is rather clever. I enjoyed your article here and your little history flash back to Johnny Cash!

  3. These are all beautiful! I love the mountain song necklace. I would love to visit Ireland one day and see 40 shades of greenery. It just sounds absolutely lovely. 🙂

  4. They are all gorgeous but my favorite would be the Mountain Song! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the connection between green and Ireland. I also enjoyed the flashback to Johnny Cash. My dad used to listen to him all the time.

  5. Hello Roslyn!

    These are all absoutely stunning!

    My favorite is the mountain song necklace. Ireland is a place I would love to go to one day, and see 40 shades of greenery. Thank you for the lovely post!

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  6. Awesome Post Roz!! Green is obviously one of our favorite colors (our branding is green 🙂 ) so I really loved this and the connection to Johnny Cash!!

  7. Roslyn your post just made me want to venture to Ireland! My father actually went to University there! I just love all your necklaces, they are definitely a work of art! Johnny Cash says it all 😀 1961 with a great video!

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      Gilly, I have friends who walked the coast of Ireland. Seems like it has a pull for you. Could you imagine yourself running there? Thanks for the compliment. When you win an important running milestone and are attending a victory party, think about dressing up and wearing a necklace.

  8. I love the green jewelry! It’s Pamela’s favorite color. I’ll ask her if she’d like one for her birthday (which is in April) and I’ll let her choose!

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      I would be flatered and honored to have Tina , the florist wearing/owning one of my necklaces. Just so you know, I have a show March 20, next week and everything is one of a kind.

  9. What a clever way to combine a bit of history, color, gems and song together in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I admire the creativity – it (and your lovely jewelry) made for a delightful post! Thanks Roz.

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    You are so welcome Dawn. When I started researching about green, my list of topics I could cover was extensive. Seems I made the right choices. Will probably use some of the other areas in future blogs. But with St. Patricks day around the corner, how could I not address it?

  11. “Mountain Song” is my favorite. Once again it has a touch of the southwestern feel.
    Thanks for sharing the info about Ireland. I did not realize the climate was so steady and mild. Now it makes sense that all pictures from Ireland show a beautiful, lush green.

  12. We were married on March 18 because my husband wanted it to be a date he could remember – the day after St. Patrick’s Day. I always thought that was really silly. But any-who – I love Johnny Cash and emerald green is one of my “pop” colors. I like the Mountain Song because I tend to be a bit glitzy – which I totally own! Nice info about Swarovski, too! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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  13. The jewelry is beautiful! Emerald green is my favorite color so I love all the colors and styles. I an pulled between Green Acres and Mountain Song. Both are so pretty. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!!

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      Thank you Livvie for your comment and compliment. Mountain Song is one of our ‘statement’ pieces, while Green Acres is a necklace that can be worn more frequently. Enjoy the holday.

  14. Great story Roz! Thanks for sharing 🙂 My brother lives in Dublin and it’s beautiful there. Love the greenery all year round. So different from this semidesertic Mediterranean island! Somehow green beads remind me of my mum, I don’t see myself in them. I wonder what that means. Great article, a real pleasure to read. Cheers!

  15. Fantastic article, Roz! I love how you have incorporated St. Patrick’s Day, the color green and your beautiful green jewelry. – And, Johnny Cash’s song. I love green jewelry and one of my personal favorites is my green heather stone set from my visit to Scotland. I am a bit Irish as well, so green is a perfect choice. All your sets here are beautiful!

  16. What a great article Roz! I had never heard the phrase Forty Shades of Green before, but I know I do like emeralds and peridot! 😉 These are beautiful designs! Thanks for posting this.

  17. Really well written article Roz. I am shocked that there are 78 different shades of green! Wow, it’s not my color but I love the necklaces you show in those colors. Your work is gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Julie for your compliment. Green is not one of my colors in clothing but I’ve grown fonder of it as I worked with the stunning hand blown green glass beads. Had no clue about that many shades of green either.

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