FUN FACTS ABOUT MAY'S BIRTHSTONE EMERALD
It’s a well-known fact that emerald stones have been around for centuries, captivating millions with their exquisite beauty. Emerald stones are a popular gemstone choice for many, adored for their vivid color and stunning green allure. Here are a few facts that may surprise you about May’s birthstone:
- Emerald derives from a Persian word', zumurrad', meaning "green gem".
- Emerald green conjures up images of spring, re-growth and fertility. Emerald green also symbolizes love and faithfulness, making it an ideal gift for a loved one who celebrates a birthday in May.
- It is also the gemstone that celebrates the 20th and the 35th wedding anniversary.
- When many people think of rare or expensive gemstones their first thought is about diamonds. But it is emeralds gemstones that are among the rarest of all gemstones and so often have a price tag to match. Top quality emeralds are worth more than diamonds on a per-carat basis.
- A richer and more vibrant green hue signifies a more valuable gemstone. The most valuable and beautiful Emeralds exhibit an intense bluish hue in addition to their bold green color.
- The oldest emerald gemstones are about 3 billion years old.
- Almost anywhere in the world, emerald is found. The major suppliers of emerald gems are China, Brazil, America, Switzerland, Spain, Afghanistan, etc.
- Colombia is the world's leading supplier of emerald gems contributing to about 50% of the total emerald production in the world.
- Emerald gemstones always has some inclusions. If it’s without any inclusion, it is like a synthetic version.
- The Romans believed that emerald crystals represented The Goddess of Love – Venus. It was the favorite stone of couples and lovers.
- As the gem of Venus, it is also considered to aid in fertility. Cleopatra, the tempestuous female queen of Egypt, was as well-known for wearing emeralds as Elizabeth Taylor is for wearing diamonds. The emerald was Cleopatra's favorite gemstone and her passion for it is well documented.
- An emerald pendant necklace owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for $6.5 million in 2011, that is about $280,000 per carat!
- The Duke of Devonshire Emerald is one of the largest uncut emeralds weighing 1,383.93 carats.
- Emerald crystals assists in the opening of the heart chakra, enabling you to experience unconditional love for all that surrounds you.