May Birthstone: Emerald
Emerald is a form of Beryl that has come into contact with trace amounts of chromium. This gives it its beautiful green colour. First mined by the Ancient Egyptians, emeralds were prized by Cleopatra and featured in her royal jewellery. Today, more than 50% of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia.
A stone of inspiration and eternal patience, an emerald promotes contentment and loyalty. If emerald had an annoying catchphrase it would be ‘Calm down, calm down’. Recollecting verdant nature, emeralds promote balance, wisdom and patience, encouraging you to stand back and get some perspective when situations threaten to overwhelm you.
Birth Flower(s): Lily of the Valley
Inspirational people who were born in May: Katharine Hepburn | Pierre Curie | Mary Cassatt | Margaret Fuller