Emerald, the birthstone for May, is the perfect gem to welcome spring and celebrate true love. Its name comes from the Greek for “green gem”, and the stone appears in a wide variety of stunning greens, with secondary hues of blue and yellow. Most emeralds contain surface cracks which are filled in using various oils. To be considered high quality, an emerald must be a lush green and highly transparent.
Emeralds and emerald jewelry have been treasured for thousands of years. Aristotle wrote of the benefits of emeralds for victories in war. Cleopatra was known for her love of emerald necklaces. In Ancient Greece, the emerald became associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. This association has carried throughout the ages, to its inclusion in the birthstone poem, in which the wearer of emerald jewelry “shall be” “loved and happy.” The emerald's association with spring is also included in the poem. As the “green gem,” this association is apt considering spring's gorgeous greens which usher in the new season.
As May's birthstone, emerald necklaces and emerald rings are an appropriate present for any friend or loved one with a May birthday, or expecting to be a mother in May. However, emerald jewelry can also be a thoughtful gift for any loved one in the month of May, to celebrate both your love for another and the beauty of spring.
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