May Birthstone - Emerald!
Emerald gemstone was mixed in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old. Cleopatra is perhaps the most famous historical figure to cherish emerald gemstone. She even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign.
Today, emerald is a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace, and security, making it not only a beautiful gem to wear, but also a meaningful jewellery gift to be treasured by the receiver. It is still widely prized by the rich and famous, with Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant sells for $6.5 million in 2011.
Caring for your Emeralds
The best way to clean emerald jewellery is with warm soapy water or a warm soapy cloth. Do not soak emeralds in soapy water and avoid harsh detergents that might dilute or remove oils from the stone. Never soak emeralds in solvents such as alcohol, acetone, or paint thinner.
Origin: Zambia, Columbia, Egypt and Brazil
Colour: vivid Green, possibly blueish green
Known to offer: People often believed emeralds can confer riches, power and eloquence
Myth: Emerald is the most famous member of the beryl family. Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to force the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells.