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Do You Know the Meaning Behind May’s Beautiful Birthstone?

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May is when spring has finally sprung, and bright green blankets the outdoors. So, it’s only fitting the vibrant green emerald is May’s birthstone.

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May birthstone history

Emeralds have been prized for their beauty since antiquity—emerald mines existed in Egypt as early as 300 BC, and these gorgeous green gems were worn as jewelry in ancient Greece and Rome. Europeans were introduced to the beauty of emeralds in the 1500s when the Spanish invaded South America, where the Incas had prized emeralds for hundreds of years. During that same period, emeralds were cherished by the Mogul emperors of India, who believed that the gems were talismans that offered the protection of the gods.

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EMERALD meaning

Like many gemstones, emeralds have a multitude of meanings stemming from different cultures and beliefs. In mythology, emerald is the stone of the goddess Venus, resulting in the association of emeralds with romance. Emeralds are said to bring passion, bliss, and unconditional love! Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.

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EMERALDS’ FAMOUS FANS

Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewelry, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatra in Rome (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari). Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. And an emerald engagement ring was at the center of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now.” The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the throne, making the couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green gems on the red carpet. Other very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.

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CARING FOR EMERALDS

Only use mild soap and warm water to clean emeralds, and not techniques involving steam, chemicals or high heat, because they can cause the gem to fracture. Emeralds are generally treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, you can Create Your Own Emerald Ring by selecting one of our vibrant ethical origin emeralds and pairing it with your favorite ring setting. We also carry stunning vintage emerald rings and jewelry.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON MAY BIRTHSTONES

Are you a May birthday girl? Do you own a favorite piece of emerald jewelry?  Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!

 

COMMENTS

Trish G Says:
May 9th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I think because I fell in love with ‘Emerald City’ in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ I fell in love woth emeralds – even though Im a January garnet girl!

Years later I received one from my first real boyfriend as a pre-engagement ring.

We didn’t marry & I returned the ring to his mother.

In 2007 I met the perfect male for me. He was a Taurus and boasted an emerald birthstone!

He passed and I wear a beautoful lab created one in his honor.

I absolutely love emeralds and their regal’ness’ & cant wait to own a genuine emerald stone one day!

ron pino Says:
May 18th, 2017 at 7:02 am

What are the chances of winning some emerald jewelry.

Marcie steele Says:
May 18th, 2017 at 9:38 am

What superstitions surround emeralds

Michelle Says:
May 23rd, 2017 at 6:27 am

My mom & I are May emerald girls!! My mom’s fav color is emerald green, she has passed and I now am honored to wear her beautiful emerald & diamond heart pendant. Which reminds me of her love every day. ? luv ya ma !

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