The May birthstone, the emerald, is the most precious gemstone in the Beryl group, which includes Aquamarine and Morganite. A symbol of rebirth and said to give the owner foresight, good fortune and youth, the emerald is also used to commemorate the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries, and is included with sapphires, rubies and diamonds as one of the four traditional precious stones.
The Emerald’s Glorious History
Emeralds have been considered precious gemstones for so long, their origination is difficult to pinpoint. As far back as 330 B.C., emeralds were mined for Cleopatra in Egypt, and some of Cleopatra’s mines are still in operation. The Spanish highly prized emeralds, and, in some cultures, such as the Aztecs, emeralds were considered holy stones. Emerald comes from the word smaragdus, which means green in Greek. For the May birthday in your life, choose an exquisite sterling silver emerald and diamond ring. The round cut emerald surrounded by a ring of sparkling diamonds is sure the perfect May birthstone choice.
History Making Emeralds
One of the world’s largest emeralds, the Mogul Emerald, dates from 1695 and weighs 217.8 carats and stands 10 cm high. The stone is engraved on one side with prayer texts and the other with magnificent floral ornaments. In September, 2001, an unidentified buyer purchased the jewel at auction for $2.2 million. The New York Museum of National History exhibits a cup made of pure emerald, formerly owned by Emperor Jehangir, and displays the cup next to the Patricia, one of the largest Columbian emerald crystals, which weights 632 carats. The collection owned by Queen Elizabeth II, valued at more than $57 million, includes the Cambridge and Delhi Dunbar Parure, a suite of emerald jewelry that includes an emerald diadem. As an engagement present, Richard Taylor presented Elizabeth Taylor with an emerald and diamond brooch, which she wore with an emerald necklace he presented to her as a wedding gift. He followed up those emeralds with earrings, bracelet and a ring. Treat your beloved as if she were Elizabeth Taylor with a sterling silver emerald pendant with diamond accents. Pair this with matching emerald small hoop earrings, also with diamond accents to give that May birthday even more of a celebrity feel.
An emerald is normally a medium or darker green, although some stones may have a bluish green tint. The color is derived from impurities of chromium, vanadium or a combination of both. The term “Colombian” emerald often describes the vivid slightly bluish green stones of medium to medium dark colors regardless of what country of origin of the emerald. Because almost all natural emeralds contain inclusions, the stone looks better in daylight as artificial light exposes the fractures. A sterling silver emerald and white sapphire ring is the perfect selection for that May birthday or anniversary. The princess cut emerald surrounded by two princess cut sapphires will be a cherished possession for generations to come.
If you are celebrating a May birthday or anniversary, choose one of the many emerald selections available at Samuels Jewelers. These May birthstones will show your beloved just how much they mean to you.