With St. Patrick’s Day coming up in just a couple of weeks, we’re not surprised to find our thoughts turning to all things green—particularly emeralds. These precious gemstones are not merely the perfect accessories for any St. Patrick’s Day outfit; they also have a long and fascinating history filled with curious facts, legends, and lore. We’ve gathered some of the more interesting tidbits for you right here: • The earliest recorded sale of an emerald took place in Babylon around 4,000 B.C. • Emeralds were prized by ancient cultures for their supposed healing powers. It was once a widely held belief that wearing an emerald ring or pendant could provide protection against illness and disease. • Emeralds were also thought to be magical stones that could change shades as a warning sign of approaching danger. • Prominent historical figures that are known to have owned emeralds include Cleopatra, Nero, Charlemagne, Hernando Cortes, and Shah Jahan (of Taj Mahal fame). • Twentieth century celebrities that favored emeralds include Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. If you don’t yet have a quality emerald ring, bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings in your jewelry collection, this is a wonderful time to buy. Amoro.com is currently offering special savings on many 14kt and 18kt rings, including this one featuring rectangular emeralds and round brilliant diamonds set in 14kt gold. Plus, Pantone named “emerald” the color of the year for 2013, which gives you a good reason to accessorize with these gems well beyond March 17th. Visit our online store today to browse our entire collection of emerald jewelry, and place your order now to ensure delivery prior to St. Patrick’s Day.