May's Birthstone: Emerald Green With Envy
Ever check your horoscope? Then, you may have given thought to what your birthstone says about your personality, too.
Truth be told, your birthstone may reveal more about you than you think.
While most of us know that our birthstones represent the respective months in which we were born, we may not realize that these precious gems can tell a lot about us and are even known to have an effect on our wellbeing.
Throughout the ages, each stone is believed to hold special healing powers onto the wearer. So, since it's May, let's talk about May's Birthstone, the emerald!
May's Birthstone: The Emerald
May's birthstone is an emerald. Their beautiful green color, combined with their rarity, makes emeralds one of the world’s most valuable gemstones.
For over 4,000 years, emeralds have been treasured as a symbol of spring and immortality. Emeralds are also regarded as the gemstone that possesses the power to soothe the soul, improve memory and sharpen wit.
They also represent such personality traits as loyalty, faithfulness and love, as well as peace, harmony, and balance.
In other words, not a bad stone to be connected to.
More Lore to Explore
It is believed that wearing emeralds bring wisdom, patience and growth. They’ve even been known to hold powers to tell the future. You know, if you believe in that sort of thing.
Legend has it that these gems would rest your eyes if you looked through them. Today, the color green is still known to relieve stress and eye strain.
Celebrating an Anniversary?
The May birthstone is also the gemstone for 20th and 55th wedding anniversaries. Since the emerald is known to represent eternity and commitment, it makes sense that it represents these anniversaries.
Have May Birthstone Jewelry?
According to the Gem Institute of America (GIA), you should avoid cleaning emerald jewelry with hot soapy water, and should never clean them with an ultrasonic cleaner. Instead, clean in room-temperature water and use a toothbrush to gently remove dust from behind the stone.
Looking to buy an emerald or other green gems? Take a look at GIA's Green Gemstone Buying Guide for helpful information.
This post was originally published in 2011 and has since been updated.