May’s Birthstone | The Blossoming Emerald

May’s Birthstone | The Blossoming Emerald

Emerald, May's birthstone symbolises renewal and vitality. Regarded as the ultimate symbol of green, emerald perfectly embodies the essence of spring. From Ireland's poetic "Emerald Isle" to the gem's vibrant hue, it has enthralled generations.

Emerald became May's birthstone due to its resemblance to the abundance of spring. Its verdant radiance mirrors the vibrant foliage of a blossoming spring season.

 

 


 

 

History of Emerald

The term "emerald" originates from the ancient Greek word "smaragdos," denoting a green gem. Roman author Pliny the Elder, who perished in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE, described it as "nothing greens greener" in his Natural History. He believed in its therapeutic effects on gem cutters' eyes, a notion supported by modern science: green hues alleviate stress and eye fatigue.

From Egyptian pharaohs to Inca emperors, emeralds have fascinated royalty throughout history. Cleopatra, renowned for her love of emeralds, adorned herself with these precious gems. The Crown of the Andes, a testament to Spanish admiration for the May birthstone, features the legendary Atahualpa emerald, allegedly seized from the last Inca ruler by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Sunken treasures like those from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha galleon reflect the wealth brought to Spain from the New World.

 

 


 

 

Where are emeralds found?

For over 500 years, Colombia has been renowned for producing the finest emeralds, setting the standard worldwide. Key Colombian mining sites include Muzo, Chivor, and Coscuez, each yielding emeralds of distinct hues. Brazil's Minas Gerais boasts the sophisticated Belmont mine, while Zambia's Ndola Rural Restricted Area and regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan also contribute to the global emerald supply with their unique variations.

 

 

Fabergé

18K Yellow Gold & Emerald Heritage            Cufflinks

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18K Yellow Gold Emerald Diamond Flower Pendant 

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18K Yellow Gold Emerald Diamond Flower Earrings

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         18K Yellow Gold Emerald Line Band Bracelet

 

 


 

 

Gemstones of Healing and Empowerment

Emeralds are revered for their healing attributes, known as symbols of enduring love and deepening friendships. They energise the heart chakra, offering emotional and physical healing. Additionally, emeralds boost psychic prowess, mental acuity, and clarity of thought, fostering action, focus, and memory enhancement.

 

 


 

 

Care & Cleaning

 

 

Emerald, with a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, is more prone to scratching than the diamond's perfect 10 rating. Special care is essential: shield emeralds from heat, air pressure fluctuations, and harsh chemicals. Ultrasonic cleaners risk damaging filled emeralds by causing fillers to leak from fractures.

Instead, gently clean them with a soft brush and warm, soapy water. Being mindful of these precautions ensures the longevity and brilliance of your prized emerald gemstones.

 

 

Weir Collection

18K White Gold Diamond & Emerald  Drop Earrings

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White Gold Plated Pear Cut Green Stone Cocktail Ring

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18K White Gold Pear Cut Emerald Diamond Cluster Earrings

Waskoll

18K White Gold Emerald Diamond Cluster Dress Ring

 

 


 

 

Emerald not only captivates with its rich, vibrant hue but also carries a fascinating history and profound symbolism. We advise selecting a gemstone that resonates with you, regardless of your birthstone. Explore our assortment of emerald jewellery and other gemstone pieces below.

 

 

 

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