A Season of Celebrations!
The end of the year is special for countless cultures and people around the world! From Saint Nicholas Day and Christmas to St. Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Omisoka and many others, families and loved ones look forward to gathering at this time of year.
With offices that span the globe, the Greenland Ruby team enjoys the festivities of their country with family and friends. From Greenland, Thailand, the United States, France and Norway, we wish everyone a wonderful season with loved ones and a great 2022 ahead!
Get to know the traditions, celebrations and all-around great fun our team is having this year!
A Rare Find in the Raw Greenlandic Landscape
The icy and pristine Greenlandic landscape that plays host to our intense rubies and pink sapphires has recently exposed another surprise: blue sapphires! Imagine our wonder at discovering a blue spectrum amidst all that fiery red. Greenland Ruby blue sapphires are named ‘Northern Nights’ and are the exception rather than the rule. The colors of our ‘Northern Nights’ sapphires range from navy to lavender blue and are cut and polished by expert lapidaries into juicy and soft cabochons, giving them a peaceful, calm, and gentle color, just like the long and dark Greenlandic nights. These unique sapphires are an extremely rare find and are set aside in the sorting process.
It is only obvious that after their incredible success with our rubies and pink sapphires, Hartmann’s would expand their collection to include our ‘Northern Nights’. They unveiled their 60-piece collection last week at a glittering premiere in Copenhagen, with guest Martin Ghisler, the geologist who first identified and registered the Greenlandic ruby deposit.
Our team in Greenland takes a well-deserved break to spend time with family and friends during the holidays.
Bangkok – Thailand
The start of the end of the year celebrations kicks off with the King’s Birthday, an annual and impressive event held at the Royal Plaza, known for the colorful march of the troops. As a majority Buddhist country, Christmas isn’t an official holiday in Thailand, but decorated trees, festive displays and dazzling lights can be found in some of the country’s biggest cities, including Bangkok, where our office is.
When it comes to New Year’s Eve, while Thailand has their own new year, Songkran (April, 13-15), based on the lunar calendar, the western new year is celebrated with parties all over Bangkok. Around the country, many people welcome the new year in a more traditional way, by praying and attending watchnight services.
Paris – France
With the beginning of December, the sparkling lights that adorn the entire city create a magical holiday atmosphere making Paris shine even brighter! From the beautifully decorated window displays in the Haussmann district, to Christmas markets whose history goes back to the Middle Ages, Paris puts on a festive coat for the season.
Our team will celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at home with family and friends over sumptuous feasts featuring traditional French holiday specialties – raw oysters, foie gras, bûche de noël, and much more!
New York – United States
Mirroring the start of festivities in Paris, the World’s Largest Menorah, a New York City icon, brightens up the city once again on the first night of Hanukkah. Part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, launched in 1973 the ceremony is a staple of Jewish cultural and religious life in the city.
With the temperatures dropping, the city gets into the holiday spirit with the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, an impressive 79-foot (24 meter) tall Norway Spruce, dressed in 50,000 multicolored LED lights and a Swarovski star on top that weighs about 900 pounds (408 kilograms) and features 70 spikes covered in 3 million crystals. From Ice Skating in Central Park, to checking out the Christmas Market at the Bryant Park Winter Village or seeing the popular Christmas Spectacular featuring The world-famous Rockettes, the city is decked out for the season!
As one of the most viewed events during New Year’s Eve, the popular ball drop brings people from all over the world to Times Square to ring in the new year, even in freezing December temperatures!
From our teams in Greenland, Thailand, Norway, France and the United States, we wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season! Enjoy the upcoming celebrations and JUULLIMI PILLUARIT!