Emeralds are part of the Beryl category, with a beautiful green color that comes from the metallic elements vanadium and chromium. The word “Emerald” is derived from a combination of the Latin word smaragdus and Old Greek word smaragdos. Both words translate to “green gem.” In ancient times, emeralds were mind at Egypt’s Mount Smaragdus.
The gems have been sourced from India and Austria since the 14th century, and today, most come from mines in Colombia and Zambia. Unlike rarer stones, emeralds are found all over the world. They have even been discovered in Canada’s remote Yukon territory!
In mythology, emeralds are linked to Venus, the goddess of love. In keeping with this tradition, rebirth, fertility, and passionate romance are commonly linked with this exquisite May birthstone. And with the Venus connection in mind, it’s not at all surprising that these vibrant green stones have often found their way into wedding and engagement rings.
Cleopatra, Jacquelyn Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor were some of the most famous wearers, and many modern brides like to carry the tradition forward. When you wear emerald jewelry of any kind, you’re wearing a unique symbol of love!
In crystal healing, the emerald birthstone is used to soothe the eyes, help alleviate the discomfort of rheumatism, and more. Its psychic and psychological uses include focusing intention, eliminating negativity, promoting strong friendships, and raising awareness while strengthening memory. Balance and love are its two greatest attributes.
Significant milestones are best celebrated with meaningful gifts! We love birthstone rings for mothers as an example; the stones signify children, and these rings are often quite colorful. Family tree necklaces offer another way to celebrate mom’s loving bond with all of her children, whatever their ages.
If someone you love appreciates emeralds – and especially if that special someone was born in May – you’ll be sure to impress them with the gift of birthstone jewelry in vibrant green. Whether it’s a spectacular birthstone necklace for mom, a name bracelet for your bestie, or an initial pendant with a birthstone, you’ll find lots to love here!
Whatever the occasion, emeralds make a unique gift that’s sure to turn heads.