May Birthstone | Emerald Jewellery | Brinkhaus Jewellers

May Birthstone

Emeralds, the birthstone for May, not only symbolise renewal and rebirth but are also steeped in a rich history of mystique and royalty. The name "emerald" comes from the Ancient Greek word 'smaragdos', which translates to 'green gem'.

The Allure of Emeralds

Emeralds are renowned for their exquisite green colour, ranging from bluish-green to pure green, with the most valuable stones showing a vivid, deep green saturation without losing transparency. This color embodies the essence of growth and vitality, mirroring the fresh greens of spring. Due to their unique hue, emeralds have often been associated with legendary figures and locales, from Cleopatra's ancient Egypt to the fictional Emerald City in "The Wizard of Oz".

Historical Significance

The fascination with emeralds dates back to ancient civilisations. The Egyptians mined them as early as 330 BC, valuing them for their beauty and supposed protective powers. Emeralds were beloved by royalty, with Cleopatra known for her passion for these gems, often using them to adorn herself and her palatial decorations. Throughout history, emeralds have been believed to possess various healing and protective properties, including the ability to cure diseases and protect against evil.

Geographical Sources

While historically linked to Egypt, today's emeralds come from various global locations. Colombia is renowned for producing some of the finest emeralds in the world, with its mines accounting for a significant portion of global supply. Other notable sources include Brazil, Zambia, and a few regions in the United States.

Care and Durability

Emeralds, with a hardness rating of 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, are durable yet susceptible to scratches and damage due to their natural inclusions. These inclusions, often seen as internal "jardins", can make each stone uniquely beautiful but also require careful handling and maintenance. Gentle cleaning with mild soap and water is recommended to maintain their luster and integrity.

Create Your Own Emerald Jewellery With Us

To experience the timeless beauty of emeralds, consider creating your own special piece of emerald jewellery with us via our custom made service or explore our existing range. Visit us at 24 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont to discover how these magnificent gems can add a touch of elegance and history to your jewellery collection.

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