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May Birthstone - Emerald

I am Emerald, sacred goddess of the Incas. The ancients gave me to their young women as a talisman to grant them my protection and give them ease in childbirth. Cleopatra has known me as well and I have soothed the eyes of the Emperor Nero as he watched the Colosseum games. My cool touch will remind you of spring and give you eternal youth. If you honor me and my daughters I will make your truelove faithful and smooth the road you travel.

Hardness 7.5-8 • Oiling & Resin Infusion • Major Sources: Afghanistan, Columbia, Zambia, Brazil and Zimbabwe

Emerald, like Aquamarine, is a variety of the mineral, beryl. Most Emeralds are mined in Brazil, Colombia and Zambia. Each locality lends variation in color and clarity. Most gemstones, including diamond, need enhancement through cutting or treatment to be enjoyed in jewelry. Emerald’s natural inclusions can be filled with substances that behave visually like Emerald; this makes them less noticeable to the eye. Like polishing a fine wooden antique to bring out its luster, your Emerald may occasionally require re-enhancement to restore its full beauty.

Remove your Emerald before engaging in activities such as sports, housework and gardening, as Emerald is sensitive to hard knocks and scratches. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or subject your Emerald to harsh detergents.

Why Emerald?
Emerald has long been regarded as an amulet of good fortune. Emerald is treasured as a gift for May birthdays and a talisman for the sign of Gemini.