There are fewer gifts more meaningful than a piece of birthstone jewelry. It says you truly know a person and you care. If your loved one was born in May, then you’ll be happy to know that the May birthstone, emerald, is one of the most stunning birthstones of all!

History of the Emerald

There are geologists who estimate emeralds to be around 2.9 million years old, and there are documented emerald mines that date back as far as 330 BC. These mines were found in Egypt, and it’s rumored that Cleopatra, who was often adorned in emeralds, owned all of these mines during her reign!

In a different part of the world, the Muzo Indians who inhabited the eastern Colombian Andes had very well-hidden and prized emerald mines. In fact, because these mines were so well hidden, it took Spanish conquistadors over 20 years to locate them. 

Used for centuries in the burials of monarchs and in various religious ceremonies, emeralds are associated with the lushest and richest shades of green. 

Emerald Structure

The most famous of the beryl family, emeralds are hexagonal (six-sided) with hardness only slightly higher than quartz but much less than a diamond. The rich green color is due to small amounts of chromium or vanadium found embedded in the crystalline. May birthstones are well known for containing flaws, and finding one completely flawless is rare and valuable. 

Symbolism of Emeralds

Throughout its history, the emerald has been a symbol of truth and love. Ancient Greek and Rome civilizations recognized emeralds as the gemstone of Venus, the goddess of love and hope. Emeralds are now often associated with spring and summer because of their rich green color and can signify rebirth. 

If You Are Shopping for the Highest Quality May Birthstone, Emerald, Choose Matthew’s Jewelers!

No matter the occasion, we will help you find the perfect emerald for your loved one. We offer many professional services including diamond sourcing by our team of experts, appraisals, and custom jewelry design. Let us help you celebrate your special occasion with a beautiful May birthstone! Contact us at 954-424-2120 or stop in to our Plantation jewelry store!