May’s birthstone is the Emerald - the queen of gems. Emeralds belong to the beryl family, which also includes aquamarine, heliodor, and morganite. It is the talisman of Venus and is the anniversary stone for the 20th, 35th and 55th years of marriage. Emeralds are found in Columbia, Siberia, Brazil and Zimbabwe. In the U.S., emeralds are found in North Carolina.
Emeralds vary in color from light to dark green. The most highly prized emeralds are the color of green grass. The name is derived from the Greek word “smaragdos” which means “green stone.”
Emeralds have been worn by royalty as far back as 1300 B.C. They were worn by Cleopatra, the last Inca king of Peru and are embedded in the Holy Grail cup in Genoa Italy.
The physical healing properties of emeralds are many. Gem cutters keep them on their workbenches to gaze at when their eyes get tired. Some say that emeralds are good for soothing, restoring calm, preventing epileptic attacks, healing and strengthening the heart, increasing intelligence and breaking fevers. Some also believe that emeralds help the digestive system and strengthen the lungs. On an emotional level, emeralds are believed to restore peace, calm fears, and improve meditation and psychic abilities. Other metaphysical attributes include increasing one’s ability to predict the future. Emeralds are said to bring wealth (you have to be wealthy to own the good ones!) and to promote harmony in marriage and in business deals.
the quality of the emerald, they can be extremely expensive. The clearer and greener the emerald, the
higher the value. Most emeralds have
small crystals included in them.
Perfectly clear and flawless emeralds are very rare and are generally
very small. There are many fakes on the
market and there are synthetic emeralds that are sold as genuine by
unscrupulous dealers. Watch out for
words such as African Emerald and other similar names. When buying an emerald, be sure you are
dealing with a reputable person.
Once you own an emerald, never clean it in an ultrasonic cleaner. Emeralds have oils on them to protect them and make them shinier. Clean your emerald with a soft dry cloth with no chemicals. Better yet, take it to an experienced jeweler for cleaning.
If you have an emerald in your jewelry box, you are a lucky person. But don’t just leave it in the box. Wear it!! Enjoy the pleasure of owning such a beautiful and healing gemstone.