May

May’s birthstone, the Emerald ~ the stone of wisdom, growth, and patienceEmerald

May’s birthstone, the Emerald, was one Cleopatra was especially attached to. She asserted the Egyptian emerald mines for herself during her rule. She embellished herself with the gems whenever she could and even gave them as blessings to going to visiting royalty from other lands.

It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. Ancient Romans went so far as to dedicate this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty. Today, it is thought that emeralds signify wisdom, growth, and patience.

With its green shade and extraordinary shimmer, the emerald has taken its place as one of the main three or four most popular gems on earth. People as far back as ancient Egypt were known to use the beautiful emerald in their ceremonies and burials.

The emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. The green colour is due to chromium and iron impurities. Emerald has a perfect six-sided crystal structure.

The origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel.  And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether the verses originally are of the Gregorian calendar or not.  Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

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The 6mm emeralds that I hold in stock. The 8mm are darker and more opaque

 

     Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.

 

 

 

There are various legends and myths about birthstone recuperating forces and their helpful impact. As per these legends, wearing a gemstone amid its alloted month increased its recuperating forces. For the full impact, people required to possess every one of the twelve and substitute them month to month.  Emeralds are thought to cure you of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for the wearer. Also, it was believed that the wearer of emerald could see into the future.