Birthstone of May
May – The month with anticipation for warmer weather, summer is just one month away and this month was blessed with the birthstone Emerald.
The word “Emerald” derives from the Greek word “smaragdos” by the Old French for “esmeralde” meaning “green gemstone.” It is deemed the most precious stone in the beryl green, most likely for it’s impeccable green colour. The colours of the Emerald vary between a dark green to a blue green; bluish-green medium tone emeralds, also known as “Colombian”, are considered the most valuable. Naturally, these jewels are classified with Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires as being the four traditional valuable stones. It is also habitually given as a gift to celebrate the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. These green beauties are found in deposits located in many places around the world, such as; Colombia, South Africa, Brazil, Afghanistan, Australia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and the United States.
Like a Diamond, the Emerald also contains tiny characteristic inclusions within its walls and for that reason it is more fragile and handled with the upmost care compared to that of the other beryl stones. Yet, unlike the perfect hardness of the Diamond, the Emerald holds a hardness between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs Scale, but still a bestowed gift for jewelry.
When purchasing an Emerald, clarity and cut play an important aspect of the process. Jewelers pay attention to any flaws or inclusions because these are what add value to the gemstone. These gemstones have man different cuts to it, but the most recognized, and the one that brings out the most beauty in the gemstone is the exact cut named after the stone - the “emerald cut”.
One of the world’s most famous Emerald has been come to be known as the “Mogul Emerald.” Dating back to the year 1695 and weighing a whopping 217.80 carats, this green magnificence is inscribed with a prayer and engraved with a wondrous floral arrangement. Auctioned off by Christie’s of London, an anonymous buyer purchased the marvel for $2.2 million on September 28th, 2001. Apart from this, the Queen herself owns an outstanding amount of jewels, which include emeralds (such as the emerald diadem); it has a mysterious value to it because she does not let anyone examine her collection.
As stated in the Vedas (the holy scriptures of India), Emeralds hold healing properties, promising good luck and enriching the well-being of its owner. The great Maharajas and Maharanis of India had massive treasure chests which contained astonishing Emeralds, it is no surprise why. The ancient Incas and Aztecs also regarded the Emerald as a holy gem.