Emerald Gemstone and the Birthstone for May

Emerald gemstone and the birthstone for May are symbolic with rebirth and immortality, they are also believed to bring the owner foresight, good fortune and youth, this is also alluded to in the verse below for May birthdays.

“Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears and Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.”

classic emerald cut, emerald gemstone, www.everythingjewelry.blogspot.comEmeralds are a fairly soft stone being only a 7.5 on the Moh’s Scale and are a variety of Beryl. The Emerald cut was originally derived for emeralds with the corners cut off to prevent breakage in the stone.

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Cleopatra was said to adore emeralds they have been around for thousands of years. Cleopatra supposedly claimed emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. Emeralds have also been found in burial chambers of ancient Egyptians though to have been put there as a symbol of protection.

Today the Emerald gemstone and the birthstone for May, still remain a sought after stone and a beautiful birthstone gift to be treasured.

But buyer beware, it is also one of the stones that almost always has been oil treated due to the stones included nature. This treatment is done to both enhance the beauty of the stone and reduce the appearance of fractures. These fillers can come out over time if the stone is exposed to high heat.

Considered to be a symbol of loyalty and new beginning it is a meaningful gift to be treasured. Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant sold in 2011 for $6.5 million.

Word of caution – do not clean your emeralds with chemical cleaners, a mild soap and warm water are best then dry and polish with a soft cloth.

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The Gachala Emerald one of the largest emeralds in the world at a whopping 858 carats. It is now exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C
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