Those born in May are born in the rebirth of spring, so it’s fitting that their birthstone is the emerald. With its beautiful and brilliant green color, the enchanting emerald is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, intelligence, wit, and youth. It is also a symbol of loyalty, new beginnings, peace, and security; the stone is quite meaningful to the receiver. Legend has it that it was once believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria.
Emerald quite literally means “green” in Greek, and this prized gemstone has numerous variations of rich color. The emerald has captured hearts and minds throughout history, and has long been associated with the rich and famous.
Emeralds were mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest green gemstones are 2.97 billion years old! Queen Cleopatra cherished emerald gemstones, and even claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. Egyptians used emeralds in jewelry and often buried emeralds with monarchs as symbols of protection.
The Muzo Indians of Colombia also cherished emeralds and hid their mines so well it took Spanish conquistadors close to 20 years to find them.
And then there is the record of Elizabeth Taylor’s famous emerald pendant selling for $6.5 million in 2011!
Emeralds have been mined in Colombia for more than 500 years, producing a range of colors from dark green, slightly bluish green, and a yellowish green. Other places emeralds are mined include Brazil, Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The emerald is the gemstone given for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Whatever your color, style or budget preferences are, EK Jewelers can help you pick the right stone for your loved one. If you’re shopping for a May birthday girl, emerald jewelry is a must buy! Consider elegant emerald earrings, a gorgeous emerald ring, or an emerald pendant for a necklace.
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Check out EK Jewelers in Gillette, Wyoming for all your jewelry needs. We can create a custom emerald piece of jewelry that is sure to stun your loved one.
To find your loved one a stunning ring, necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings, stop into EK Jewelers at 217 S. Gillette Avenue or contact us at 307.363.4010 or [email protected].