Well it’s May and Spring is…FINALLY… here!

As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice as the birthstone for the month of May.

It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.
Emerald is the green to greenish blue variety of beryl, a mineral species that also includes aquamarine as well as beryls in other colors.

The most valued variety of beryl, emerald was once cherished by Spanish conquistadors, Inca kings, Moguls, and pharaohs. Today, fine gems come from Africa, South America, and Central Asia.

Emerald’s lush green has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity.

Even today, the color green is known to relieve stress and eye strain.

The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC into the 1700s. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald, and used it in her royal adornments.

Fun Fact

2011 sales price for Elizabeth Taylor’s emerald pendant –  a record $280,000 per carat – $6,578,500…WOW

FACTS

MINERAL: Beryl

CHEMISTRY: Be3Al2Si6O18

COLOR: Vibrant green

REFRACTIVE INDEX: 1.577 to 1.583

BIREFRINGENCE: 0.005 to 0.009

SPECIFIC GRAVITY:   2.72

MOHS HARDNESS: 7.5 to 8