Birthstone Emerald: Step aside shades of grey, green is the flavour of May

Mystical Woman with emerald coloured leaves

Emerald a shade of green

Close your eyes and think of the colour green, what does it say to you? You may visualise green open fields, something relating to nature or even money. Now add the word Emerald, how does that change what you see? You now might visualise a lavish gemstone. Adding a specific shade to a colour changes its entire perspective.

Emerald is both a shade of green and a gemstone. The stone relates to nature, fertility, harmony, peace and serenity. Whilst emerald as a colour is uplifting and relates to an abundance of wealth, prosperity and the emotion of love and wellbeing. Together both the gemstone and the colour make a formidable combination.

Emerald is a mineral

Emerald is a precious gemstone that is a member of the beryl mineral family. A lot of people consider it to be a diamond, but it is a mineral. Emeralds are rarer then diamonds. However, emeralds themselves are not so rare but finding high quality ones are very rare. Typically believed to be green, emeralds can also be yellow or blue. The more intense in colour the more expensive the emerald will be.

The power of Emerald

Emerald gemstones are brilliant, deep green in colour and carry a motherly, earthly force. Emeralds can make a person feel renewed, energised and loved. The gemstone is thought to stabilize moods, bring patience and positive energy, restore negativity, realign balance to wellbeing and enrich a person’s love life. Making it a very powerful gemstone.

Mythical & Spiritual

In the ancient mythical & spiritual worlds emeralds were considered a symbol of fertility, immortality and love. It was believed to be a power gemstone, one that could bring about wisdom, cure illness, protect against demons and even provide foresight into the future.

Emeralds are associated with both the Roman Goddess, Venus and the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite. Venus being the goddess of love, and Aphrodite the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. Therefore, the emerald represents love, unity, unconditional love and fertility.

Famous uses of Emerald

Over the centuries the famously lavish colour and gemstone has earned its place in history:

  • In 1900 L. Frank Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published, along with Dorothy’s red shoes, the yellow brick road, we also associate the story with the Emerald City.
  • Cleopatra was said to have loved emeralds and adorned her palace and jewellery collection with the stunning gems. She was so in love with these jewels she had her own emerald mines.
  • Emeralds are typically linked and worn by the rich and famous, often seen in films, on the red carpet and sold at auction for a high price. At the 2018 Golden Globe Awards famous faces stepped out wearing black and green emeralds as a sign of justice and harmony.
  • During the 1960’s Richard Burton famously gave Elizabeth Taylor a suite of emerald and diamond jewellery following a trip to the Bulgari boutique in Rome. The suite consisted of a necklace, pendant, earrings, ring and bracelet and was sold at auction for an estimated $23 million. Now that really does make you green with envy.

Birthstone for May Birthdays

For those people born in the month of May, emerald is their birthstone. With the weather turning warmer at this time of year and as the flowers begin to bloom there could be no colour or gemstone more fitting to May’s birthstone.

Affordable & Still Stunning

Not everyone has access to millions to splash out on a suite of emeralds. At Dawes Jewellery we supply to the trade a stunning collection of affordable emerald pieces, from necklaces, rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. We believe this glorious gemstone should be loved and experienced by everyone, whether you were born in the month of May or any other month.