May's birthstone is Emerald
Emerald, derived from the Greek word "smaragdus," meaning "green stone," has captivated civilisations for centuries. The gemstone holds great cultural significance and has been revered by ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians, Incas, and Romans. It is also the birthstone for those born in the month of May, symbolising rebirth and renewal.
The intensity of green can vary, ranging from a subtle light green to a deep, rich shade. The gem's vibrant colouration is highly sought after, making it one of the most valuable gemstones in the world.
We have a fantastic selection of Emerald jewellery. Please feel free to call in and browse at your leisure or contact us for any special requirements involving this stunning stone.
Emeralds are predominantly mined in countries like Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The extraction of Emeralds involves intricate processes, including careful mining, cutting, and polishing. Colombia, renowned for producing some of the finest Emeralds, holds a significant place in Emerald history and trade.
According to ancient folklore, Emeralds were believed to possess mystical properties. The Incas revered Emeralds as sacred stones, associating them with fertility and the goddess of nature. Egyptian Pharaohs considered Emeralds to be a symbol of eternal life and used them in burials. Legends and myths often intertwine with the allure of Emerald, adding to its mystical charm.
Throughout history, Emeralds have been attributed with various healing and symbolic powers. They are thought to enhance clarity, intuition, and bring harmony to relationships. Emeralds are believed to promote emotional well-being, tranquillity, and balance. It is said that wearing an emerald can inspire creativity and nurture love.