Emerald: Birthstone of the Month

May Birthstone: Emerald

From the Emerald Isle to the Emerald City, this precious stone has grown in popularity because of its references in iconic film and television. But there’s a lot more about this beauty that is sure to make you green with envy.

So here is a list of 10 (really) interesting facts, myths and legends to impress your friends and family with about the birthstone for the month of May:

1. Green with envy

Emerald is a gemstone from the Beryl family and is always green. And the deeper the colour, the more valuable the stone.

2. Worldwide phenomenom

Emerald is found and mined in many places around the world, from China to Switzerland – but perhaps most commonly in Colombia. We’ve booked our flights already!

3. Multi-lingual

The name ‘emerald’ comes from the Greek word ‘smaragdus’, but is also said to be derived from words found in Hebrew, Sanskrit and Arabic script. Huh?

4. Follow the...

Located at the end of the yellow brick road, Emerald City is the fictional capital city of the Land of Oz in L. Frank Baum’s book from 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In the first book the walls are green, but the city itself is not. However, everyone is made to wear green-tinted glasses as an effort to protect their eyes from the "brightness and glory" of the city.

Leading nicely on to our next fact...

5. Green-coloured glasses

Nero, the Roman emperor, was said to watch Gladiator matches through a Beryl stone. It's also said that he did this to change the colour of blood, or perhaps he simply inadvertently invented the world's first sunglasses.

6. A gem from the gods!

The Romans connected emerald and other green stones to Venus, the Goddess of Love, as it was associated with growth and spring. It was the favourite stone of couples and lovers, as wearing emerald studded jewellery meant cupid would strike soon in your life.

7. Well nobody's perfect...

Emerald stones always have inclusions (or blemishes) – if it ever seems to be a flawless stone, it has most likely been synthetically made.

8. Treat with care

Because of this more than 92% of emerald stones found and mined are treated – usually with resins and oils that eliminate scratches and blemishes and give the stone a stunning look.

9. A medicinal gem

In medical astrology, the emerald stone is widely used for treating nervous disorders, skin allergies and speech difficulties. It is also thought to improve concentration.

10. The luck of the emerald

Emerald Isle is the poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside, first referred to in print by William Drennan in his poem "When Erin first rose".

New-In Emerald Rings

Pinterest Inspiration

Green, in all of its wondrous tones, is a perfectly apt colour for the month of May. The onset of spring means one thing, it’s almost summer! And with that the beautiful people of Pinterest taking full advantage of the emerald colour to flaunt stunning maxi-dresses, nature-inspired interior (and exterior) design and foodies experiment with vibrant hues to create gorgeous masterpieces that sit as well on Instagram as they do on your plate.

Pinterest Inspiration - Emerald Birthstone

“No matter what anyone says or does, my task is to be emerald, my colour undiminished.” - Marcus Aurelius

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