The colors and symbols of the flag carry cultural, political, and regional meanings. The blue epitomizes the sky and the sea, while the gold represents the color of the islands’ sand, the sunshine, and the “bright spirit” of the islanders. The green symbolizes the country’s plentiful vegetation, as well as the vitality of Vincentians. The three diamonds evoke the nicknames of Saint Vincent as the “Gems of the Antilles” and the “Jewels of the Caribbean”. Their arrangement in the shape of the letter V is a subtle allusion to the first letter in “Vincent”, while its placement on the marginally lower part of the center band indicates the geographical positioning of the islands within the Antilles.