A Look At The May Birthstone - Emerald
From horoscopes to birthstones, people put lots of faith in the month they were month & what this means for them. Whether or not you believe in star charts and horoscopes is one thing, but there is no denying that there are some truly stunning choices when it comes to birthstones and May is no exception. Of course, every month is special in its own way so if you weren’t born in May be sure to look up yours. May is represented by emerald, a gemstone with a beautiful green colour. Much like any other stone, there are different types and shades of green out there, all of them stunning in their own way. Generally, well-maintained emeralds keep their radiance for a long time, allowing you to own a piece of jewellery with a beautiful, vivid tone – and one that represents your birth too.
The Meanings Behind The May Birthstone
Emeralds date back very many years, in fact, Cleopatra is famous for wearing them. For an Egyptian ruler to choose them as her jewellery of choice, you know they must be something special. We have learned lots about Egyptians and their love of emerald stones. Many ancient Egyptian mummies were buried with emeralds, as they thought it to symbolise eternal youth.
Emeralds are beautiful, vibrant colour of green –which has long been seen as the colour of spring – a time for love and rebirth. As such the emerald stone is thought to aid infertility. They are found in three different areas throughout Colombia and made from a chromium-rich variety of beryl. As you would imagine, when it comes to emerald stones there are lots of different ones out there. These aren’t mass-produced by machines so their colour and vibrancy vary massively. The deeper the colour of green within the stone the more valuable it is considered to be. Even more so if they have a slightly blue hue to them, to complement their bold green colour. You’ll also find that emeralds when they are found, have marks on them known as inclusions. As these occur when they are found and emeralds are so rare, these birthmarks do not detract from the value of the stone at all. People also use emeralds to symbolise 35 years of marriage, so it is often gifted on a couple’s 35th wedding anniversary.
Why Do People Wear Emeralds?
People choose to wear a birthstone for different reasons and this will often be down to the month of their birth. Of course, emeralds are so beautiful that anyone can wear them for any occasion; there are no rules to say that you must be born in May if you wish to wear one. However, if you are looking for a stone that is both beautiful and represents your birth, then being born in May is a definite plus point. Emeralds or indeed any precious stone like this aren’t really considered everyday wear but are usually stored for special occasions. It isn’t every day that we dress up in full-on sparkle, but if there is an occasion that calls for something glamorous, emeralds will certainly do you proud.
Keeping Your Emerald in Good Condition
Emeralds are rare and as such, their price point reflects this. However, don’t let this put you off –
instead, look at buying something like this as an investment. As long as you look after your jewellery and store it correctly, there is no reason at all why it won’t keep its value.
Whatever gemstone or piece of jewellery you buy, storing it correctly is essential. Simply shoving it
in a jewellery box or on a jewellery stand will mean that the quality of the piece could be
compromised. Instead, you want to invest in some proper jewellery storage, that is cloth soft
enough to look after the piece you are storing. Store each piece wrapped separately, so you can be sure that they won’t scratch each other. Think carefully about where you are going to store the jewellery too. No precious stones or metal like extremes of heat, so try to avoid anywhere that is going to get too hot or too cold. Of course, you also want somewhere that is dry & not somewhere that will cause your emerald jewellery to get damp. If you wish to wash your emeralds, then you must do so very carefully. Only use lukewarm water and a very soft toothbrush. Going gently and avoid scrubbing it too hard. When you have finished
cleaning it be sure to use a micro-fibre towel to dry it and then store it away correctly.