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May's Birthstone... the Emerald... Series: 5 of 12

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“Who first beholds the light of day
In spring's sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife."
As children, I am certain we can all remember the depressing feelings April left us with as day after day of rain ruined outdoor plans. It isn’t until we come of age that we learn to look forward through April showers to May… and find the new life that begins every year. Emeralds for this reason were chosen as May’s birthstone.
Many cultures have adored and adorned emeralds for many reasons relating to this perception. The French called the often occurring fractures within the stones “jardin,” or garden, because of the visual similarity to foliage. Egyptians believed that emeralds represented, and gave the owners of the emerald, eternal youth. For this reason, they buried these gems with their dead; and the ancient Romans believed this stone represented new birth and fertility, and dedicated emeralds to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty.
Indeed because of the way they are formed, a large emerald may bring a higher price than a similar sized diamond. The rocks the emeralds are formed in keep the majority of the green gems small, so large emeralds are extremely rare.
Egyptian emeralds first appear and are found in history beginning about 4000 years ago, or 2000 years before Cleopatra’s reign. Today, the best emeralds come from Columbia, where the deep green color is delicately touched with a slight shade of blue. These stones may be found throughout the world, and many more are created, some counterfeit stones being passed off as natural, so if you find an amazing deal that seem too good to be true, it probably is.
The emerald is said to enhance a wearers clairvoyant abilities. The stone is also said to promote fidelity in relationships, and calm the wearer’s emotions. The stone is most commonly seen as representative of new life, and the welcome end to winter. In truth, the emerald, as with all other stones, has the power that the beholder places there.
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