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[Gem Knowledge] Palace Green Series - Culture and History

[Gem Knowledge] Palace Green Series - Culture and History


"Palace Green" is a deep green hue often associated with luxury, class and power. This green hue originated from the British royal court nobility, so it is also called court green.


Court green first appeared in the late 12th century when English kings sent armies to the European continent for predatory conquests. This deep green has since become the representative color of the British royal family.

Royal green is used in many royal ceremonies and celebrations. It is also one of the colors of many royal clothing and other decorations, such as crowns, capes, rings, etc. In addition to its use in the British royal family, court green is also an important hue in other cultures and religions. In Islam, for example, this color represents love and compassion.
Although court green is a very calm, formal color, it can also be used in more fashionable ways. For example, in fashion, this deep green can be used as a color match for casual or evening wear, making people look more sophisticated and fashionable.
Palace green also had very important applications in Chinese history. The royal family in ancient China, especially the Ming and Qing dynasties, designated green as one of the colors exclusive to the royal family, called "imperial green" or "palace green", and stipulated that ordinary people were prohibited from using it. Therefore, palace green has a very unique status and value in Chinese culture and history. In palace culture, palace green is used in a wide range of applications, such as palace buildings, traditional costumes, funerary objects, etc.
In architecture, palace green is often used for decoration on roofs, railings, doors and windows of buildings. The green color is very bright, symbolizing power and wealth. In terms of clothing, palace maids and concubines usually wear royal green skirts and tops, reflecting nobility and elegance. Among the funerary objects, palace green appears very frequently. For example, a large number of royal green jades were found in the funerary objects of Mingshen Mausoleum in the Ming Dynasty.

A pair of green jade bamboo bracelets from the Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty natural jade and gemstone hairpin

In addition, in Chinese religious culture, green is also regarded as an auspicious color, representing vitality and youth. For example, the Thousand-Armed Avalokitesvara in Buddhism is often depicted wearing a royal green cassock, symbolizing compassion and wisdom. Various phenomena indicate the profound impact of palace green on our lives. Among gemstones, there is a special one, which is the new gemstone - tsavorite.

In the next article, we will take you to see Tsavori’s journey of jewelry appreciation.


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