May Birthstone Infographic Emerald Jewelry
Emerald May Birthstone
The name emerald is derived from a Persian word meaning "green gem." It was discovered in Egyptian mines dating back to 2000 B.C. Emeralds are a precious gem associated with the goddess Venus.
Facts & Figures:
It is said that Cleopatra loved her emerald jewelry the best. A gift of emerald is thought to be symbolic of love & the desire for a loved one's safe travel & speedy homecoming. The emerald is May's Birthstone for the zodiac signs Taurus & Gemini.
Emeralds are commonly believed to aid in fertility. They ensure physical, emotional & mental equilibrium. Emeralds have been used to treat disorders of the heart, lungs, spine & muscular system.
Emerald, a green gemstone, differs in shine & color depending on where it's found. The Colombian emerald has the characteristic vivid, slightly bluish green tones of medium-to-medium dark color.
An emerald is 7.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Emeralds belong to the beryl mineral family. They are often coated with oil to enhance the clarity. A good quality emerald can be as or even more expensive than a fine diamond of the same carat.
Emeralds are one of the most popular gemstones in jewelry design. Set in silver or gold, emerald jewelry is a mesmerizing and captivating addition to a collection. Emeralds are considered the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary.
Care & Handling:
Clean your emerald jewelry with lukewarm water, a very mild soap and a soft cloth. Avoid sudden temperature changes. Rinse and dry thoroughly after cleaning.