Emerald: The Birthstone of May

May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald is the perfect gem to represent and celebrate this coming month. As the the Jewel of Kings also serves as the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to give the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Emerald, derived from the word “smaragdus,” means, quite literally, “green” in Greek. Emerald is part of the mineral family beryl, which also includes aquamarine. Emeralds are deep green or greenish blue and range in saturation from nearly opaque to very clear. When a green stone in this mineral family is too pale to qualify as an emerald it is called a “green beryl,” and this member of the beryl family is worthy of its placement among the traditional “Big Four” gems along with diamond, ruby, and sapphire.

Cherished for its brilliant and beautiful green colour, the emerald is often favored by the rich and famous to wear as statement pieces for big occasions! Discover more about remarkable Emeralds in below;

A pear shape emerald with lacework - necklace by Chopard

Emerald has been synonymous with the colour green and beauty of it since antiquity — evidently, emerald mines

existed in Egypt as early as 300 BC, and these gorgeous green gems were worn as jewelry in ancient Greece and Rome. Europeans were introduced to the magnificent emeralds in the 1500s when the Spanish invaded South America. During that same period, emeralds were treasured by the Mogul emperors of India, who believed that the gems were talismans that offered the protection of the gods! Here’s to look at the next awe-inspiring emeralds curation of jewels that fascinate my eyes every time I look at them.