It is the month of May and what better way to celebrate the month than with May’s birthstone. If you’re a May baby then this one is just for you. May is the month of emerald. Here is everything you need to know about May’s birthstone, emerald:
Why is Emerald Green?
Emerald gets its color due to the presence of chromium and vanadium.
Does Emerald Come in Different Shades of Green?
Yes, as mentioned emerald is a part of the beryl family and it can go from light green to dark rich green. The darker richer green is the most desirable of the emeralds. It is important to know that emeralds are commonly treated and this is accepted by the industry. Emeralds are treated by either being heated or boiled in oil. The purpose of treating emeralds is to make lighter emeralds darker and a brighter green. If you own an old emerald and you’ve noticed its color fade, you can reheat it to bring the stone back to life.
Where are Emeralds Mined?
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt. Emeralds are also found throughout the world, specifically in the United States of America, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Columbia, Austria, India, and Pakistan.
Where is Emerald on the Mohs Scale?
Emerald is positioned at a 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness. Emerald is quite durable and has long wear, although it may not be recommended for everyday use such as engagement rings. However, some people do with extra care. The primary reason why we advise against wearing an emerald in everyday jewelry is that emeralds are highly included stones. Due to all of those inclusions, the emerald is much easier to chip and break. If you’re shopping for emerald jewelry, we recommend you shop for emerald earrings and pendant necklaces.
Where Does the Name Emerald Derive From?
Emerald derives from the ancient Greek word for green.
What Does Emerald Symbolize?
Emeralds are thought to represent eternal youth, good fortune, growth, and peace.
Is Emerald a Traditional Wedding Gift?
Yes, emerald is the traditional wedding gift for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Emerald Jewelry On The Red Carpet
|Angelina Jolie at the 2009 Academy Awards in Lorraine Schwartz Emerald Earrings||Julianne Moore in Chopard Diamond Earrings with Gemfields Emeralds at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival|
|Beyoncé at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Lorraine Schwartz Emerald and Diamond Jewels||Taraji P. Henson in Kimberly McDonald earrings with Gemfields emeralds at the 2016 Golden Globes.|
Famous Emerald Gemstones
|The Chalk Emerald, a 37.82-carat Columbian Emerald||The Mogul Mughal Emerald, 217.80-Columbian Emerald|
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