Emerald is just the perfect birthstone for those born in the month of May as it falls in the heart of Spring when flowers bloom and all things go green and colorful. Emerald is prized for its brilliant and stunning green color.
The rich green Emerald. It represents luck, rebirth and success. Emerald is particularly precious to Ireland which is known as the Emerald Isle for is green fields and pastures. It brings and enhances harmony, joy, memory, and faith. It also benefits intellect, communication, decision making, and promotes truthfulness and honesty, seeing past the superficial.
Emerald is taken from the word Smaragdus which literally means green in the Greek language.
Emerald belongs to the variety of Beryl mineral which can grow up to a foot in length and that has six sides. The Emerald’s stunning green color ranges from light green to deep and rich green. There is more value in emeralds that deeper green in color. The rarest emeralds are those that have an intense green to blue color.
Emeralds can be found all over the globe which includes Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, and Zambia. High-quality emerald is not always available and continuous treatment to avoid its clarity is being performed on a regular basis.
History of Emerald
For over 4000 years the emerald has been used as both a healing stone and a decoration stone in jewellery and art. The emerald has been found in Egyptian crypts and was one of the favourite precious stones of Cleopatra. The Aztecs decorated buildings and temples with emeralds and in the Middle Ages many magical and healing powers were assigned tot the emerald. Many cultures considered the emerald to be the symbol for power, hope and the spring; the forever returning green after winter. Wear this gemstone with its rich history and follow the footsteps of emerald lovers such as Cleopatra and Jackie Kennedy.
|Category||Variety of Beryl|
|Color||Green to colorless|
|Hardness||7.5 to 8|