Emerald is the birthstone for those born in May, and the astrological birthstone for those born under the zodiac sign of Gemini. There are also flowers associated with birth months – the flower for May is hawthorn.
The name emerald is derived from the Greek word ‘smaragdos‘ ; and from the French ‘esmeralde’, meaning ‘green gem’.
Emeralds come from the beryl family of minerals. The green color you see with your eye is due to aluminum silicates, chromium and vanadium – giving the usually colorless beryl its deep green color.
Okay, your science lesson is over for the day. Let’s get to the fun stuff!
Emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers – they sharpen the memory, and quicken the intelligence.
Considered by many to be a stone of prophecy, emeralds enhance one’s intellectual capabilities & wisdom. The are also believed to bring good luck, faith, and harmony.
A symbol of psychic powers, purity and immortality, emeralds were highly prized by the Ancients as the gemstone of love and rebirth.
Emeralds were often carried by sailors due to the belief that they could calm seas and ensure safe travels, bringing good fortune to those that possessed them.
A sacred stone of the goddess Venus, emeralds were thought to preserve love, beauty and fidelity. It is thought that if an Emerald is given by one lover to another, it will pale and grow dull as their love fades.
The Ancient Egyptians believed that their god Thoth gave them the gift of emerald and that the stone symbolized the seasons of spring. For this reason, the Egyptians dedicated the emerald to eternal youth, and it is sometimes call the stone of spring’.
Aside from charts and articles I have collected over the years, the majority of the information for this post (and future posts) comes from a wonderful used book I found on gemstones by George Frederick Kunz. My favorite section of this book contains the most charming short poems for each month – ‘Sentiments of The Months’:
Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flow’ry month of May,
And wears an emerald all her life,
Shall be a loved and happy wife.
No happier wife and mother in the land
Than she with emerald shining on her hand.
Up next month for June – Pearl, Alexandrite, Moonstone and Agate – it’s going to be one big party!
Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite stone and why…talk to you soon!