May Birthstone - Emerald

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 4:14 pm by Diamond Jim

For those of you who don't know about the birthstone for the month of May, here is a little info! Emerald, the green variety of the mineral beryl, is the most famous and favored green gemstone and with its beautiful green color, combined with durability and rarity, make it one of the most valuable gemstones. Not only is emerald the birthstone for the month of May, it is also the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary. Did you know Columbian emeralds are among the world's most beautiful, with rich grass-green color and a touch of blue? Also, quality emeralds found in India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and Zimbabwe and recent finds in North Carolina may provide us with quality emeralds if the mines continue to produce stones! Eqyptian emeralds were introduced to the world about 4,000 years ago but the stones from those mines are a duller green and are not considered high quality by today's standards. Back in the old days mummies were often buried with emeralds. The gems were popular in ancient Rome but some think that many of the stones called emeralds in ancient times were actually Peridot (more on that stone later!) Lastly some traditions have folks wearing emeralds to promote healing and enhance love and contentment!