Gemstone Spotlight: Emerald, May’s Good Fortune

“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.”

– Gregorian Birthstone Poem

Emeralds
An assortment of faceted emeralds.

If you were born in the month of May, you are gifted with one of the four traditional precious stones as your birthstone. Emeralds, which translates simply to “green gemstone,” display a gorgeous green color not commonly seen in other gems. Emerald is a rare and fragile gem, and most emeralds you see in jewelry today have been treated with resins to fill small cracks, or otherwise treated to improve clarity. Most emeralds are mined in Columbia, although they are also found in Brazil, North Carolina, Madagascar, and many other places around the world.

A drawing of Cleopatra.
Cleopatra’s favorite gem was said to be the emerald.

The best emeralds used today are found in South America, where the Incas and Aztecs once thought of it as a holy gem. The oldest known emeralds were found in Egypt, near the red sea. In fact, emeralds were regarded as one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. Ancient Romans dedicated the stone to Venus, the Goddess of love, and many Indian maharajas prized emeralds as being able to bring good luck and fortune. It is also known as a symbol of fertility. Many people still believe emeralds to bring good fortune, and they symbolize wisdom, patience, and faith, along with other virtuous qualities.

This Stunning Emerald Pendant in 14k Gold from Pearls International would make Cleopatra Green With Envy!
This Stunning Emerald Pendant in 14k Gold from Pearls International would make Cleopatra Green With Envy!

If you are looking to give an emerald as a gift, it is perfect for a girl born in the month of May, or to celebrate a 20th or 35th wedding anniversary. Need an emerald for a special gift? Contact Pearls International today!

sources:
www.gemselect.com, www.almanac.com, www.americangemsociety.org, www.birthdaygems.org

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