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Birthstone Color: Deep Green



Spring is a time of new growth and rebirth.  And the intense brilliant green of the
Emerald, May’s birthstone, is as refreshing to the eyes as a spring garden after a
rain.  Within it’s depths are often tiny fractures or inclusions, which the French call
"jardin," or garden, because of their resemblance to foliage. The Egyptians were
known to engrave Emeralds with the symbol for foliage to represent eternal youth,
and to bury these jewels with their dead.  The ancient Romans associated this
gemstone with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love
and beauty.   

The Ancient Egyptians mined Emeralds in the eastern desert region 2,000 years
before Cleopatra’s birth, braving extreme heat, scorpions and snakes to search for
the beautiful crystals.  During Cleopatra’s reign, she claimed the Emerald mines as
her own, as this was her favorite gem.  She often wore lavish Emerald jewelry, and
it is said that she bestowed visiting dignitaries with large Emeralds carved with her
likeness when they departed Egypt.   

In the sixteenth century, the Spanish Conquistadors were amazed to find the native
people wearing Emeralds larger and more magnificent than any they had ever
seen. Although the natives attempted to hide their Emerald mines, the Spaniards
soon discovered and conquered most of them.  But it took twenty years before
they found the abundant mining operation held by the Muzo Indians, and another
thirty years to overtake this aggressive tribe.  The Muzo mine was in the area
known today as Colombia, and it remains the source of the most prized Emerald
specimens.  Other sources of Emeralds are Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan,
Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Russia.

The Emerald is a member of the beryl family of minerals.  The green crystals grow
slowly within metamorphic rocks and are restricted in size by the rock, making large
Emeralds rare and costly.  Although this gemstone is relatively hard and durable, it
must be protected from blows because the inclusions found within make it
susceptible to breaking.

Some people believe that wearing an Emerald brings wisdom, growth, and
patience. And as any couple in a long-term relationship would agree, all of these
qualities are essential for a successful and lasting love.  This may explain why a
gift of Emerald for an anniversary -- or anytime -- is considered symbolic of love
and fidelity.
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