May’s birthstone is the gorgeous emerald. The emerald is the perfect gemstone to celebrate the middle of spring and a special birthday or anniversary.
Prized for its brilliance and beautiful variances of green colour the emerald id often favoured by the rich and famous to wear as their statement piece.
This beautiful gemstone is at home in a pendant, matching earrings or ring and looks stunning on its own or complemented by diamonds.
The emerald stone
The emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed by many to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth. Derived from the word “ smaragdus” meal, quite literally, “green” in Greek.
The emerald just like the aquamarine gemstone is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length.
It comes in a spectrum of green from the very light ( though there is an argument that the lightest material is not an emerald ) to a rich deep green my particular favourite.
Just like the aquamarine, the way the colour disperses depends on the skills of the cutter.
The rarest and most valuable emeralds will appear to be an intense green-blue, but as a rule of thumb the deeper the green, the more expensive the stone will be.
Emeralds are mined all over the world including Brazil, Colombia, Afghanistan and Zambia. The availability of high-quality emeralds are very limited: consequently, treatment to improve the look of the stones is commonly placed.
First mined in Egypt as early as 330BC, with Cleopatra perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds. Claimed ownership all emeralds excavated in Egypt during her reign.
The Egyptians are known to have used emeralds in jewellery, and in their elaborate burials, burying emeralds with monarchs as symbols of their protection.
Moving over to South America “The Muzo” Indians of Colombia are know to have hidden their prized emerald mines. Taking their Spanish conquistadors over twenty years to find them.
Just like other gemstones, the emerald is known to have many mystical powers to accompany its pure beauty with many believing the emerald could cure stomach issues, and control epilepsy and stop bleeding.
There were even some who believed the soothing green colours could ward off panic, keeping the wearer relaxed and serene.
The emerald symbolises loyalty, a new beginning, peace and security, making it not only beautiful gem to own and wear, but a stone to be treasured by the recipient.
It’s still widely worn by Royalty and the rich and famous with Elizabeth Taylor’s renowned emerald pendant selling for $6.5 million in 2011.
The emerald is a somewhat soft stone and is not particularly suited to be worn in a ring on a daily basis more as a statement piece for evening wear. However, the same restriction does not necessarily apply to pendants and earring.
Advice before buying
The most important advice that I can give you when choosing an emerald is to work with an expert as there are many stones in circulation that have been filled to enhance their look
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