If you love green and you were born in May, then you're in luck because the gorgeous green emerald is your birthstone. The emerald is believed to be a symbol of rebirth and those who own this striking stone are thought to be given foresight, good fortune, and youth.
The word emerald comes from the Greek word, smaragdus, which means green. Emeralds were mined in Egypt as far back as 330 B.C. and Cleopatra, one of Egypt's most renowned rulers, was famous for wearing these green beauties. Egyptian mummies were often buried with emeralds carved with the symbol of verdure (flourishing greenness) on their necks to represent eternal youth.
This rare brilliant green stone is a part of the popularberyl family of minerals and is found in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.The deeper and more vivid the color of green, the more valuable it is.The most valuable emeralds have an almost bluish hue found within its rich green color.
Emeralds almost always have inclusions— any material that is trapped inside a mineral during its formation. Some inclusions are expected and do not necessarily detract from the overall value of the stone; however, emeralds that have no visible inclusions are extremely rare and the value goes up accordingly. In fact, a fineemerald can be more expensive than a high-quality diamond of the same carat weight!
Take a peek at some of our favorite emerald birthstone jewelry!
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