Emerald is May's Birthstone
The May birthstone is the emerald. If you were born in May then this gorgeous green stone will bring luck to its
wearer in the month of May and just looks great reagardless of the month. Some people wear their may birthstone on
pendants, others on rings or earrings, others simply keep them in a nice display.
Below is a good article on the emerald and some history of the may birthstone. If you want to add to your
emarald collection you can find the gems ranging from rough stones (on ebay) to semi-precious to beautifully
colored and cut gems that rival diamonds for beauty and in price.
May Birthstone article by Sam Serio:
If you're still young enough to remember your birthday, you probably also remember the special birthstone
assigned to it. But at your age, we bet you don't really know the SIGNIFICANCE of your birthstone and what power
the ancients felt would be bestowed about you by wearing it.
May's Birthstone: Emerald
Birthstone Properties: Symbolizes serenity and peace of mind.
Alternative Birthstone: Sapphire
Emerald is the birthstone for May and also the anniversary gemstone for the 20th and 35th years of marriage.
Some people believe wearing an emerald brings wisdom, growth…patience. It is perhaps this last attribute that may
explain why a gift of emerald for an anniversary -- or any occasion -- is symbolic of love and fidelity.
All Eyes on Emeralds: Emeralds were once prescribed for eye diseases because the green color
was believed to be soothing to the eyes. Early stone cutters kept emeralds at their tables to gaze upon as a way to
give their eyes a break. Even 21st Century color specialists agree that green is soothing, restful, and relaxing
for the eyes.
Today's versatile emeralds continue to be "easy on the eyes," used in earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and other
The Color of Spring: An emerald shines like green lightning, filling us with the same wonder as
the civilizations that came before us. Ancient Egyptians mined emeralds in the eastern desert region 2,000 years
before Cleopatra's birth, yet today recent finds in North Carolina may provide a new source for quality emeralds in
the U.S. Colombia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Russia are where most emeralds
are mined in the 21st Century.
May's birthstone seems perfectly suited to the rites of Spring, matching the colors of the season with its own
bottomless green. In fact, the Egyptians engraved emeralds with symbols for Spring foliage to represent eternal
youth, and then buried the jewels with their dead.
Elsewhere in the ancient world, the Romans associated emeralds with fertility and the rebirth brought about each
Spring. Nero, it's said, watched the gladiators through emerald glasses
The Incas worshiped emeralds…as long as they could. In the 1500's, they were invaded by Spanish Conquistadors
who stole their gemstones and pillaged their mines. As a result, many of the world's most magnificent emeralds were
lost at the bottom of the sea inside shipwrecked Spanish galleons.
It's Not Easy Being Green: The word "emerald" is a variation of the Greek word "smaragdos,"
which means "green stone"…perfectly appropriate for a gemstone that is, in fact, the green variety of the mineral
beryl. Emeralds range from strong bluish-green to green hues, although some emeralds have a slightly yellowish
If the hue is too yellow…or too blue…it loses its "emerald" status and is simply a different variety of beryl.
Colombian emeralds are generally agreed to be among the most beautiful gemstones in the world, with a grass-green
coloring highlighted by a touch of blue.
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