May's Birthstone - Emerald
Emerald is the birthstone for May and is the rich green colour of spring – it radiates vivid brilliance and is considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love.
The emerald is a gemstone of prosperity, hope, loyalty and healing – a true gemstone of the heart. It is not only a beautiful gemstone to wear, but also a meaningful gift to be treasured by everyone who receives it.
Wearing an emerald will bring security in love, will harmonise your life and will bring abundance and prosperity.
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As the birthstone for May, the emerald, a symbol of rebirth, is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.
The name emerald, comes from the word “smaragdus,” meaning “green” in Greek.
The birthstone for May, emerald is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl and is coloured green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Its chemical formula is Be3Al2(SiO3)6.
A mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length, emeralds can range in colour from light green to a deep, rich green and are sometimes heat treated to deepen or enhance their colour.
The deeper or greener an emerald, the more valuable it is. The rarest emeralds will appear to be an intense green-blue.
Associated Emerald Zodiac
There are two Zodiac signs which traverse May: Taurus which covers April-May and Gemini for May-June.
Time period: 20 April – 20 May
Ruling planet: Venus
Taurus (Latin for Bull) is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. People born under the sign of Taurus are called Taureans. The symbol of the bull is based on the Cretan Bull, the white bull that fathered the Minotaur who was killed by Theseus.
Time period: 21 May – 20 June
Ruling planet: Mercury
Birthstones: Emerald/Light Amethyst
Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini, represented by the twins Castor and Pollux.
The History of Emerald
The emerald was mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old.
Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emeralds, claiming ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.
The Egyptians used emeralds both in jewellery, and in their elaborate burials, often burying emeralds with monarchs as symbols of protection.
The Value of Emeralds
Emeralds are still widely collected by celebrities and the wealthy, with Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant selling for $6.5 million in 2011. (£4.7 million at today’s exchange rate).
The Power of Emerald
The May Birthstone, the emerald, is believed to have many mystical powers that accompany its beauty. The emerald is believed to cure stomach problems, control epilepsy and stop bleeding. Emeralds have a tranquilising and calming effect on the mind, warding off panic and keeping the wearer relaxed and serene.