Fun Facts about Emeralds - May’s Birthstone
All glory to the vibrant green emerald
The Birthstone of May
10 Fun Facts about the Beautiful Emerald Gemstone:
- Emeralds are among four precious stones recognized around the world – the other three being diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.
- The first known emeralds were mined in Egypt around 1500 BC. Interestingly Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald and used it in her royal adornments. (www.harveymaria.com) Ancient history shows us that she even had her own Emerald mines.
- The word “emerald” comes from the ancient Greek word smaragdos, which means green gem. A beautiful description was once given by Roman author Pliny the Elder, he wrote in his encyclopedic Natural History that “nothing greens greener.” Beautiful isn’t it?
- When many people think of rare or expensive gemstones their first thought is of diamonds. However, emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones and so often have a price tag to match.
- Wondering where the emerald is sourced? World wide emerald deposits are limited. Colombia is the biggest emerald supplier in the world, contributing more than 50% of all emeralds. The May birthstone can also be found in Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan and regions in Africa. Zambia is known for producing emeralds that are bluish-green and darker in tone.
- Ancient folklore suggested that putting an emerald under your tongue would make it possible to see the future. Just think how amazing that ability would be!
- Want to be sure what your lover is saying is real? Emerald was believed to act as a type of truth potion, helping decipher whether the lover’s vows were true or false. Most likely why it makes the perfect 55th Anniversary gift – you know just to make sure all the love is still true.
- Feeling a bit sick? Emeralds can help! For years it was believed that wearing an emerald could cure diseases like cholera and malaria!
- One of the largest uncut Emerald stones – and probably the most famous – is The Duke of Devonshire Emerald, weighing 1383 carats. This beauty is a hexagonal crystal approximately 5cm by 5cm in size. If you really want to see this gemstone it is on display at the British Natural History Museum.
- Now we know celebrities love to dress with only the finest jewellery, one, in particular, is Elizabeth Taylor. An emerald pendant necklaces she owned sold for an outstanding amount of $6.5 million in 2011, the buyer paid about $280,000 per carat! Imagine having that beauty around your neck!
Emeralds are the only gemstones to have a diamond-cut named after them — the classic rectangular step-cut.
Emerald Jewellery can enhance your personality and can add the royal touch to your wardrobe. So add an emerald ring, emerald studs or even a pendant to your jewellery collection.
Find out how we can help you find those everlasting green gemstone – perfect for you. Contact us today.