May marks the beginning of the cooler months in Australia as we’re one month closer to winter.
And what better way to celebrate than with the beautiful and vibrant birthstone of May - the emerald.
Known for its rich green colour and association with love and rebirth, the emerald is a fascinating stone.
The emerald has been valued for thousands of years, with the oldest known emerald mines located in Egypt, dating back to 330 BC. Ancient Egyptians believed that the gemstone symbolised eternal youth and used it to adorn the tombs of pharaohs. It was also highly prized by the Incas and Aztecs, who believed that the emerald had healing powers.
Emeralds can be found in many countries including Colombia, Madagascar, Canada, Zambia and Brazil, but did you know Australia is home to some of the most exquisite emeralds in the world, with deposits located in various parts of the country?
One of the most notable locations is the Central Queensland region, where the emerald mines of the famous Emerald town are located. These mines produce some of the highest quality emeralds in the world, with a deep green hue that is admired by gemstone lovers all over the globe.
The emerald is a type of beryl, a mineral that also includes aquamarine and morganite. What sets the emerald apart is its unique green colour, which is caused by the presence of chromium and vanadium in the crystal structure. The finest emeralds are a deep, vivid green, with a slightly bluish tint that gives them a rich and luxurious appearance.
Emeralds are associated with many symbolic and spiritual meanings. They are said to represent love, rebirth, renewal and loyalty and are often given as a gift to symbolise a couple's commitment to each other. The traditional anniversary gift for 55 years of marriage is the emerald.
One of the most famous emeralds in history is the Mogul Emerald, which weighs over 200 carats and is said to have once belonged to the ruler of the Mogul Empire, Shah Jahan. The emerald was later acquired by the British East India Company and is now housed in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.
If you were born in May, or just appreciate the beauty and symbolism of the emerald, there are many ways to incorporate this gemstone into your life. Whether it's a simple emerald pendant or a more elaborate emerald ring, this birthstone is sure to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit.
If you are seeking a piece of emerald jewellery, visit us at 24 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont to view our extensive range, or speak with us about creating a piece of emerald jewellery just for you via our custom-made service.