May Birthstone: Emerald
This month we are discussing the emerald, the stunning green birthstone of the may babies.
Emeralds are a beautiful gemstone, although not as hard as diamonds or rubies and sapphires, they fall just below the MOHs scale with a rating of 7.5-8. They are also part of the Beryl Family. Other stones in this classification include aquamarine and goshenite.
Fun Fact: Did you know the emerald was used in the renaissance period to symbolise and test friendship. If the stone was to remain in tact, then so did your friendship. It was also thought hundreds of years ago to have healing properties. This included in particular, restoring eyesight.
The Luscious green coloured gemstone is predominantly produced in Colombia and Zambia but can be found In lots of other locations in the world. Although we make jewellery with emeralds, we largely do this by commission basis as the gemstone can command a rather hefty price tag! The brighter the green, and the less inclusions,the more expensive an emerald can be.
Our favourite birthstone necklace (pictured here) is a great choice for a contemporary look but with a tiny emerald to add a subtle hint of colour.