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Emeralds – The Mystical May Birthstone

Is Emerald The Birthstone For May in 2023?

Why yes it is… Emerald stones are known as a crystal that aids ‘successful love’, as their vibration opens up the heart chakra and thymus chakra, also known as the higher heart chakra. Emeralds are known to carry the energy of the green ray, a strong vibration that you see all around you in nature. Like the heart chakra, the thymus chakra also vibrates with the energy of love, but it also carries the added energy of Divine love, compassion, and forgiveness.

The finest emeralds have a rich green color, sometimes touched with a hint of blue, of intriguing translucence, depth, and clarity.  

Sometimes relationships need thymus chakra energy to bring balance back when negative things that have happened have made the relationship sour and unbalanced. The birthstone of May, the emerald, can bring a wonderful energy to aid peaceful and harmonious conditions in one’s life.

Natural Green Emerald

Emeralds in culture

You probably have vivid memories of the most glorified emeralds in the everlasting movie “The Wizard of Oz,”. In this story, a tornado rips through Kansas, and Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route, they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage.

Together, they make their way to the vibrant, scintillating greens of The Emerald City.  The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

The emerald city in Wizard of Oz
The Emerald City. Wizard of Oz 1939

The Birthstone of May: Meaning and History

The finest emeralds have a rich green color, sometimes touched with a hint of blue, of intriguing translucence, depth, and clarity.  

From Egyptian pharaohs to Inca emperors, the emerald has enchanted royalty. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emeralds and used them in her royal adornments. The legendary Crown of the Andes, fashioned in colonial South America, is one example of how the Spanish revered the May birthstone. According to lore, its largest stone—now called the Atahualpa emerald—was taken from the last Inca emperor, Atahualpa, by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The emerald and gold treasures recovered from the sunken 17th-century Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha represent a small fraction of the colonial riches sent to Spain from the New World. ~

The Crown of Andes
The Crown of the Andes boasts an impressive 24 ct emerald center stone and 442 additional emeralds set in the intricately crafted golden headpiece. Photo: the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Where are emeralds found?

Colombia has been the source of the finest emeralds for more hundreds of years. Colombian emeralds are the standard by which all others are measured. Three mining sites in Colombia are particularly noteworthy: Muzo, Chivor, and Coscuez. Each locality produces a range of colors but, generally speaking, darker tones of pure green emeralds come from Muzo. Emeralds that are lighter in tone and slightly bluish-green are associated with Chivor. Slightly yellowish-green emeralds are unearthed in Coscuez.

The birthstone of May is also found in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The sophisticated Belmont mine is of the most productive sites for the green birthstone. Capoeirana is another important locality, a rugged region worked largely by independent miners and small-scale operations.

How to care for your emerald

Emerald is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, so it is more susceptible to scratching than a diamond. The diamond ranks 10 on the Mohs scale. The May birthstone is often treated to improve its color or clarity. Common treatment methods include:

  • Dyeing: Paler emeralds with multiple fractures may be dyed green to enhance their color.
  • Fracture Filling: Oils, waxes, and artificial resins are often used to fill surface-reaching fractures in emeralds. The goal is to improve the apparent clarity. The volume of filler material present can range from minor to significant; the different substances have varying degrees of stability.

The emerald birthstone requires some special care:

  • Avoid exposure to heat, and changes in air pressure (such as in an airline cabin).
  • Avoid harsh chemicals.
  • Never put an emerald in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the vibrations and heat can cause the filler to sweat out of fractures. Filled emeralds can also be damaged by exposure to hot water used for washing dishes.

The safest way to clean emeralds is to gently scrub them with a soft brush and warm, soapy water.

Emeralds – The Mystical May Birthstone

How to Buy an Emerald

Given the rich green hues of emerald, it was inevitable that we would fall in love with this beautiful gemstone. Productive mines around the world ensure that all who love green or who are born under the birthstone for May will continue to be enchanted. And it is perfectly suited to the celebration of life blooming everywhere.

Treat yourself or a loved one, to an emerald that captures the exuberance of the season. Contact us today to see ready-to-wear selections or to custom-design the emerald ring or pendant of your dreams.

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