Reminiscent of flowering Spring florals, May’s birthstone sparkles in hues of lush foliage. In ancient times, these gorgeous green gems were believed to give their wearer the ability to see the future and have captivated wearers ever since. Both Taurus and Geminis can find a wide selection of emerald jewelry to add to their birthday wishlist that will last for ages. To help celebrate one of our favorite birthstones, we’ve rounded up a few fun emerald facts and some new arrivals to Borsheims.com for gifting inspiration
- The oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old and emerald mines existed as far back as 300 BC in ancient Egypt.
- Most often associated with the truth, emeralds are believed to have the power to cure disease and protect against evil.
- The gem’s appeal spread around the 1500s after Spanish invaders brought emeralds to Europe from South America.
- Emeralds are internationally known – one of only four precious stones to be recognized globally. Rubies, diamonds and sapphires also share the distinction.
- One of the largest emeralds discovered is the Mogul Emerald, weighing in at 217.80 carats.
- Most often, these gemstones are cut into rectangular shapes, lending its name to the art deco style emerald cut.
- Associated with romance, emerald is the stone of Venus, the goddess of love. They are also the gem for 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
- Their clarity is judged by the naked eye and unlike diamonds, emeralds with inclusions in appealing patterns (called jardins) can be worth more money.
- Emeralds are a bit more fragile than other gemstones thanks to these inclusions. They rank 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness behind sapphires (9) and diamonds (a perfect 10).
- The word emerald comes from the Latin smaragdus which means green.
Learn more emerald facts here and browse below for necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets sure to put a smile on any May babies’ face.