Birthstone for May is the beautiful emerald. Like aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl. It is formed when chromium, vanadium and iron are present to form the mineral. Its colours can range from light green to a deep, rich green. The darker and richer the green, the more valuable the stone. Similarly to diamonds, their value also depends on cut, colour and clarity. Emerald is found all over the world, including Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.
Emerald is thought to represent love, fertility and rebirth. Its name is derived from the Greek word “smaragdus” meaning green. It is thought that emerald is the birthstone for May due to Spring being in its fullest this month and the nature being green and full of life again.
Historically, Cleopatra is known for her love of emeralds. The Egyptians used emeralds both in jewellery and in their elaborate burials as a symbol of protection for their monarchs. Like other gemstones, emerald is also believed to have many mystical qualities and powers. It is thought to have healing powers as well as provide calmness due to its green colour. Nowadays, emerald is often a symbol of loyalty, peace and security. Jewellery with emeralds might be a meaningful symbol for those wishing peacefulness and security for new beginnings.