What is May’s birthstone?
May Birthstone Emerald Initial Necklace or Bracelet, the verdant green stone for those born in May. “All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald”, St. Hildegard of Bingen once said. Emerald is considered to represent youth and symbolises hope and the future; renewal and growth.
What does the word Emerald mean?
Emerald has been a source of fascination and reverence in many cultures for over 6,000 years and was sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4,000 B.C. History tells us that it was a stone worshipped by the Incas and was considered a symbol of eternal life in ancient Egypt, and was actually considered the favourite jewel of Queen Cleopatra. According to Indian lore, the name Emerald was first translated from Sanskrit as Marakata, meaning “the green of growing things.” The term we use today is believed to derive from an ancient Persian word that translated to the Greek as Smaragdus, meaning “green stone”.
The Emerald is one of four “precious” gemstones, along with Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire
Although most commonly thought of as green, emeralds occur in a variety of hues; from yellow-green to blue-green, with the finest being a pure verdant green hue, medium to dark in tone.
Emerald Birthstone Initial Necklace or Bracelet is a gorgeous shade of eye-catching green and is available in sterling silver, yellow or rose gold vermeil. Perfect personalised jewellery to treat those born in May.
Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.
Taken from Gregorian Birthstone Poems