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May's Birthstone: Emerald green with envy

on May 12, 2011 2:39 PM

Mixed gemstonesEver check your horoscope? Find fortune tellers fascinating? 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.

Born in May?

EmeraldHappy birthday! 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 and 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. 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 35th wedding anniversaries.

Have May birthstone jewelry?

According to the Gem Institute of America (GIA), you should avoid cleaning them 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.

For more helpful cleaning tips and information on gemstones, browse GIA’s colored stone tutorial on “How to buy a gemstone in 7 simple steps.” In their Gem Library, you can select the gemstone of your choice and learn some fascinating facts on its history, quality, value and availability, and more.

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