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“Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife*.”
 
(*This is taken from a Gregorian poem, which was written a long time ago, and printed by Tiffany & Co in 1870. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a loved and happy wife, I know that some people aren’t into marriage, so we’ll ignore the rhyming pattern and go with ‘loved and happy’ and just leave it there. OK? Great!)

Cinebling Birthstone Blog May Emerald Rough Columbian

The birthstone for May is Emerald. Their name is derived from the Greek word smaragdus which simply means green. It has had different meanings in different cultures, but in ancient times it was associated with love, rebirth, and granting the owner youth and love. Emerald has also been linked to the Roman goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, and was said to be a favourite of Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra’s. The Ancient Egyptians prized the stone and had some of the first emerald mines. It was valued so much that they would bury mummies with the stone to represent ‘eternal youth’.I don't know about you, but a bit of eternal youth sounds good to me!
 
More recent fans of emerald include Elizabeth Taylor, and Victoria Beckham, Uma Thurman and Angelina Jolie have all been seen sporting the green sparkler on the red carpet.
 
Carat for carat, emeralds can be more costly than diamonds. They are more prone to imperfection than other gems, making high-quality emeralds extremely valuable.  Their rich green colour is the perfect hue for spring and May birthdays. While March marks the start of spring, April’s showers nurture the first buds, and by May, we are usually awash with green – though not always as beautiful as emerald.
 
Emerald was originally mined in Egypt, but they are now produced in countries all over the world, with Columbia being their largest producer. Like March’s birthstone aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length. Emerald’s colour can range from light green to a deep, rich green. Emeralds are also like aquamarine in that the way the colour is presents itself in jewellery depends on a good cut by a skilled gemmologist. Clarity is also a key consideration with emeralds.
 
From the emerald isle of Ireland, to the 'Emerald city' of Seattle, from describing the iconic diamond cut to even a city of fantasy and delight in the Wizard of Oz, the emerald is a gem that has been cherished for centuries. The green hues and vivid tones of the Emerald is nature's beauty at work, and all of May’s birthdays who have this as their birthstone must surely be blessed with ‘the luck of the Irish’.

Cinebling Birthstone Blog May Emerald and Diamond Pendant


Have a great May,
Joy

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