A return to nature and natural cycles seems to be contagious in fashion and jewellery across the globe if marriages and award shows are any guide. Green in its many hues from apple, chartreuse, emerald, harlequin to lime, mint, olive, pistachio, shamrock and teal, has invaded centre stage. Of all colours, green represents eternal hope, youth and the irrepressible life force.

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It has an ancient lineage. Green was the most natural symbol of life in ancient Egypt, renewed annually in a thick ribbon of crop green with the flooding of the Nile. In Hindu tantic/yoga traditions the heart chakra was green, the energy centre of balance, harmony, acceptance and love. For the Romans, Venus was not only the Goddess of love but also of verdant gardens and vineyards.  Leonardo da Vinci clothed his Mona Lisa in green.

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The slinky, sexy, satin chiffon emerald-green gown worn by Pippa Middleton at the Royal Wedding party definitely set the early 21st Century green benchmark. What could be more optimistic and life affirming than the rebirth and renewal so joyously celebrated on such an occasion and the colour green that reflected and echoed this? 

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Celebrity award shows echoed this celebration of green.Katy Perry stunned fans with her retro, mint- green gown at the Grammys. Taylor Schilling wore a Paris-green Thakoon creation at the Golden Globes.The rest was shimmering, sensual, sultry emeraldgreen. Taylor Swift wowed onlookers with a strapless, emerald-green, mini, homecoming party dress, Allison Williams donned a stunning Osca de La Renta, taffeta, pleated, sleeveless sheath, emerald-green gown at the Emmys, Viola Davis wore a green gown at the 2012 Oscars and reaffirmed her love of green in 2014 with an Escada, emerald-green, duchess satin creation.

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Celebrity Jewellery merely restated the obvious affection for all things green. Halle Berry chose an emerald-cut emerald, bezel set engagement ring with burnished yellow gold shank and Zoe Saldana a pear-shaped cabochon cut emerald in a fine platinum setting. Angelina Jolie wore a pair of square cut emerald stud and pear shaped faceted pendant earrings at the Oscars, Reese Witherspoon,  35 carat pear-shaped faceted emerald drop earrings by Neil Lane.. Green held elegant, eloquent, effusive sway. It was much in evidence at the Mercedes Benz Sydney Fashion Week just as it no doubt shall be at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Arguably the most memorable green was worn by Dame Helen Mirren at the 2014 Golden Globes. She graced the event in a teal, sparkling lace dress and wearing vintage emerald and diamond earrings from the collection of the legendary Gina Lollobrigida. Evergreen.  Ageless, timeless beauty. Discover green at Shiels Jewellers!!!

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