Today is the first day of May! May’s birthstone is the gorgeous green Emerald. The word “Emerald” is derived from Latin: Esmaralda/Esmaraldus, a variant of Latin Smaragdus, which originated in Greek. Its original source being the Hebrew word izmargad, meaning “emerald” or “green”.
In the 1960’s the American jewelry industry changed the definition of ’emerald’ to include the green vanadium-bearing beryl as the emerald.
Color of Emeralds: Color is divided into three components: hue, saturation and tone. Emeralds occur in hues from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary color, or hue, being the deep green that we all know and love.
Where do Emeralds come from? Emeralds are 20% mined from Zambia in the Kafabu River of Africa. This area ranks 2nd to the production of the mines of Colombia, South America. In the past, Emeralds in were mined by the Egyptians, as well as India and Austria.
How was the Emerald chosen for the birthstone of May? Emerald is regarded as the traditional birthstone for May, as well as the traditional gemstone for the signs of Taurus, Cancer and sometimes Gemini. It is possible that the concept of birthstones comes from the Bible’s Book of Revelation, and were inspired by a list of foundation stones that symbolized the new Jerusalem. They are listed in an order according to the Roman calendar: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald; sardonyx, sardius (carnelian), chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth and amethyst. 
What is the largest Emerald ever mined? The Gachala Emerald is an uncut 5-cm Emerald weighing a whopping 858 carats! (172 g). The stone was found in 1967 at Vega de San Juan mine in Colombia, South America and is named after the mining district where it was discovered. It is now in the US and it was donated to the Smithsonian by the New York jeweler, Harry Winston.
Interesting information and legends about the Emerald: Supposedly, Emeralds will cure you of bad health, healing a variety of illnesses and insuring good health for the person that wears it. Also, it was believed that the wearer of an emerald could see into the future.  It is said to drive away evil spirits and to bring wisdom to the wearer as well.
A cute Gregorian Birthstone Poem about May and the Emerald –
Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.
See our collection of May Birthstones, the lovely Emerald!
What do you think about the Emerald? Do you think it bring you good health when you wear it?
Blog post by ~ Jelene