As the blossoms fade, our view is enveloped by a sea of fresh green as the new leaves unfurl. May’s birthstone echoes this change in season as emerald sings with a lush vivid green hue. They are also the official gemstone for celebrating a 20th and 55th years of marriage.
Emerald encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance.
Emeralds appear throughout history: Ancient Greeks dedicated this gorgeous green gemstone to the Goddess Venus and the word Emerald is derived from the Greek word ‘smaragdus’ meaning green. The Ancient Romans believed that emeralds could cure complications associated with birth and fertility, and the Egyptians also believed that this precious gemstone could cure eye strain and help wearers see into the future.
They were considered a symbol of eternal youth and therefore they liked to be buried with them!
The Birth of Venus, (detail) by Sandro Botticelli, 1485
Emeralds are part of the Beryl family. Pure beryl is colourless, but it is the base for a number of different gemstones such as Aquamarine, Morganite, and Helidor. Emerald forms when it comes into contact with trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium, giving the emerald its vivid green colour.
Emeralds are one of the four recognised ‘precious’ gemstones. The others being rubies, diamonds and sapphires. They are the most delicate and brittle of the four gemstones and don’t take pressure very well and are the only gemstone to have a cut named after them. 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 are more than just a beautiful stone; they represent your past, present and future. In fact, it is said a gift of emerald jewellery to your loved one represents commitment and eternity. The Emerald is a definite favourite at SHJ, offering a bewitching and vibrant gemstone to work with within our handcrafted fine jewellery, creating eye catching, show stopping pieces for every pocket!
Click here to view our Emerald collection, some beautiful examples of which you can see below.