If your birthday is in May, the heart of spring, then you have the prized emerald as your birthstone. It is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month. The emerald is the best stone to radiate the beautiful vivid tone of spring. Prized for its brilliant and beautiful green hue, the emerald is the most rare and prized stone favored by rich and famous people throughout history.
Emerald mines have existed since at least 300 BC and worn as jewelry in early Greece and Roman eras. The emerald was introduced to Europeans when the Spanish invaded South America where the Incas had prized emeralds for several hundred years. During that time, emeralds were worn by emperors and royalty, believing the gems as a talisman that offered protection. Many prized artifacts have been found that include emeralds such as, the Crown of Andes, set with 450 emeralds with a total of 1523 carats. It was worn by the last king Inca king of Peru.
In mythology, the emerald is the stone of the Roman goddess, Venus. This association also makes the emerald stone for romance. They are said to bring the wearer passion, bliss, and unconditional love. Lore also says wearing an emerald gives the ability to see into the future and truth, as well as, protection from evil.
The emerald belongs to the beryl minerals that include aquamarine and zircon. Its green color comes from the presence of chromium. Often mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia.