10 fun facts about emeralds

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They are the birthstone for May, after all!

Emerald is the birthstone for May and so if you’re born under a Taurus or Gemini constellation, we can bet our stars that you are a loyal, trusting friend and a girl that loves all things feminine! How did we guess? The ancient Greeks dedicated this lush green beauty to goddess Venus herself, and believed emeralds were all about the heart, honesty and nurturance! Intrigued already? Hold on, you’ll be surprised by these 10 striking facts about this regal gemstone.

Emeralds are as old as the first human heartbeat

The first known emerald mines date back to 1330BC and were found in Egypt. The word emerald derives from the Greek word ‘smaragdus’ meaning ‘green’.

Emeralds were Cleopatra’s favourite gemstone

From time immemorial, emeralds have been excavated, worshipped and used by royalty. Now, we have no way of knowing if Cleopatra was a May girl but she did have a passion for emeralds.

Emeralds are all about awesome twosomes

Very rarely are emeralds found all by themselves. Instead they are usually found alongside quartz deposits. Talk about loyalty, love and co-existence!

Emeralds enjoy royal status

…Among gemstones, that is. Emeralds are one of four recognized ‘precious’ gemstones, the others being rubies, diamonds and sapphires.

Emeralds are healers

The ancient Romans believed that emeralds could cure complications associated with birth and fertility. The Egyptians also believed that this precious gemstone could cure eyestrain and also help wearers see into the future.

 Emeralds are not very strong themselves

Emeralds are the most delicate and brittle of the four gemstones and don’t take pressure very well.

 Emeralds are rare creatures

Because emeralds are so brittle, finding a good quality gemstone is difficult and other materials are often introduced into them. These inclusions are accepted, giving each emerald a distinct personality.

Emeralds and diamonds are related to each other

Emeralds are the only gemstones to have a diamond-cut named after them — the classic rectangular step-cut.

Emeralds signify celebration

Emeralds are the official gemstone exchanged to celebrate one’s 20th and 55th years of marriage.

Emerald is a much-favoured colour too

In 2013, Pantone dedicated its color of the year to emerald’s rich green hue — trickling down to everything from clothing and accessories to home décor and more!

Emerald Jewelry can enhance your personality and can add the royal touch to your looks. So add emerald ring, emerald studs and emerald pendants to your wardrobe collection.

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