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The Birthstone for May: Emerald

What is May’s Birthstone?

Do you celebrate a May birthday? Your birthstone is the vibrant green Emerald. Symbolising rebirth and growth, Emerald is also the gemstone for spring. 

Are you interested in learning about Emerald’s special properties and lure? Or are you eager to learn more about what colour is the Emerald stone? Read on to discover everything you need to know about the birthstone for May:

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Emerald - History, Meanings and Origins:

Emerald is the greenish-blue variety of the beryl family which comes from the word smaragdos, meaning green gem in Ancient Greek. However, you may be surprised to discover that emeralds originated in Ancient Egypt. In fact, the first emeralds were believed to have been found in Egypt around 330BC.

Emeralds have long been associated with Ancient Egypt and were particularly popular among royalty and the elite. Did you know that one of Cleopatra’s favourite gemstones was Emerald? She often chose jewellery with Emerald gemstones for both herself and to gift to others as a statement of wealth.  

The world’s love affair with the birthstone for May is likely to have originated in Ancient Egypt but its lure has spread across the globe due to its attractive colour

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What Colour is Emerald?

Perhaps you already know that the emerald gemstone is vibrant green in colour. But have you read that its colour can vary?

Emeralds tend to be a green to greenish-blue colour, a common characteristic of the beryl family. But the most desirable and expensive emeralds are those which are pure green. As with all natural gemstones, emeralds can have natural inclusions in the stone which add to their character.

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Where are Emeralds Sourced?

The beautiful green birthstone for May can be source all over the world. In particular, Columbia is a major producer of Emerald gemstones.

The three main mines are Muzo, Chivor and Coscuez. Each mine produces a different colour of emerald, with varying overtones.Emeralds can also be found in other countries such as Zambia, Australia, Brazil, Afghanistan and China.

Some locations have even taken inspiration from the Emerald gemstone. Did you know that Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, for its beautiful green landscapes? Or that Seattle is nicknamed the “Emerald City” for its luscious green forests? The colour has certainly inspired many across the globe.

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Emerald - Special Meanings and Properties:

Have you heard that Emeralds have special meanings and properties? As well as the birthstone for May, emerald is also the gemstone symbolising spring. Some believe that emeralds encourage growth and rebirth. As a healing stone, emeralds are believed to promote self-confidence and foster creativity. 

Emerald – Find Your Birthstone: 

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As well as Emerald’s special properties, the birthstone for May is also commonly given to mark 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.

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