The Meaning of Emerald Gemstones: May's Birthstone

Celebrate May birthdays in style with one of the world’s most precious gemstones, the emerald. Famed throughout history this pretty green gem not only dazzles and delights, but is full of symbolic meaning. 

What do emeralds symbolise?

The Egyptian emerald mines, known as Cleopatra’s mines were a major source of the stone, they believed them to be a source of eternal life, linked with fertility and immortality. The famed Queen Cleopatra adorned herself with them and gave them as gifts to show her wealth and power. Many lifetime’s later her onscreen version, Elizabeth Taylor would be legendary for her love of emeralds. 

 Outline of Cleopatra

For ancient Greece and Rome the stone was linked to the goddess Venus, becoming a symbol of truth and love, giving us our modern link to true love and dating. 

St. Hildegard of Bingen declared that “All the green of nature is concentrated within an Emerald.” It is used to symbolize youth, hope, future, renewal and growth. It seeks Love and reveals the Truth which inspires a continuous search for meaning, peace and compassion.

It was not only believed to be a gemstone of love and immoratlity. people believed emeralds could confer riches, power, and eloquence if worn as talismans. There are even tales that say you  see the future if you place it under your tongue, and make you a more eloquent speaker.

Ancient tales about India tell of mysterious cities with walls or temples made up entirely of emeralds, rubies and other precious stones. Stories like this found their way to Europe with many hunting for these treasured lands.  

Raw precious gemstone emerald

Where do emeralds come from? 

It was first sold in the markets of Babylon over 4,000 years ago and is currently mined throughout the world in South America, Russia, Pakistan and southern Africa although large Emerald deposits can be found in Brazil and Zambia. The factory which produces our birthstone collection is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and they ethically source their gemstones from suppliers they have worked with for years. 

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 Can I Wear Emeralds Everyday? 

Emeralds are a 7.5-8 on the mohs hardness scale, which means they are durable enough for everyday wear. And they are perfect in our necklace and earring collection.

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What celebrities wear emeralds? 

Famed by the rich and famous Marlene Dietrich was fascinated by emeralds and wore her own jewellery in her role as a jewel thief in the film Desire. One story tells of her ransacking her home looking for a 37-carat emerald ring, it was later found in one of her guest’s deserts later. The legendary actress had taken it off while cooking. 

The striking gemstone has been used in the engagement rings of Olivia Wilde to Jason Sudekis (which is a stunning ring, though the less said about that the better), Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Jackie Kennedy and in two of Victoria Beckham’s collection of 15 (yes, 15) engagement rings.

Who should I gift emeralds to? 

As the birthstone of May this is a perfect birthday gift. It is also linked to the Taurus star sign and is the official gift for 55th wedding anniversaries. But this precious gemstone is striking and special enough to give to anyone who loves this vibrant green stone. 

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