Emerald: The Story Behind May’s Birthstone

Emerald is one of the most revered gemstones of all time, thanks to it’s deep, lush coloring and it’s increased level of scarcity. It was originally mined as early as 330 B.C. by the Egyptians and was a favorite of the one and only, Cleopatra. The emerald is traditionally associated with love, rebirth and fertility and was dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty, by the ancient Romans. As the birthstone for the month of May, emerald is said to grant the owner foresight, good fortune and eternal youth. Not a bad pedigree, if you ask me.

Today we tend to associate fine emeralds with wisdom, knowledge and patience. By weight, the emerald is the most valuable gemstone on the planet and the “emerald cut” has always been, and continues to be, in vogue amongst royalty (particularly in the Victorian era) as well as the celebrity elite (heard of Angelina Jolie?). It is classic and strong, yet oh so feminine. It’s said, after all, that babies born to the emerald birthstone (in the month of May) are truly feminine spirits.

The word “Emerald” originates from the Greek word “Smaragdos”, which translates to something like, “green stone.” Ancient folklore suggests that wearing an emerald stone contributes positively to the wearer’s romantic relationships.

There are a variety of different shades of emerald stones. The richer and clearer the green, the more valuable the stone tends to be. But some of the most beautiful, fine emeralds on the market today, can contain hues of blue and even yellow. Obviously some emeralds on the market have been color enhanced so it’s always important to be sure that the gemstone you choose is naturally colored.

In the world of alternative medicine, healing crystals are often used. The Emerald is said to contain healing properties unlike any other stone, including regulating blood circulation, reducing labor time and pain, and increasing peace of mind.

So for something a little more bold, a little more wise and a little more amorous, you might want to think about the little old emerald when it comes to your next birthday present.

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