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May Birthstone


"Who first beholds the light of day In spring's sweet, flower month of May
And wears an Emerald all her life Shall be a loved and a loving wife."

May Birthstone - Properties of the Emerald
For those who were born in the month of May the Emerald is the traditional birthstone. The May birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the Emerald is associated - loyalty, faithfulness and friendship.

The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the May Birthstone Emerald are memory, clairvoyance and faith.

The healing properties of the May birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the eyes, fertility, the spine and headaches. The Emerald is also used to enhance mental capabilities.

May Birthstone - Where are Emeralds found?
The popular May Birthstone of the Emerald is found in the following countries:

  • Colombia, Brazil, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

May Birthstone - the Color of the Emerald
The traditional color associated with the Emerald is the deep green color and was strongly favored as a popular gem in Victorian jewelry. The meaning of colors through the ages represented many aspects of life. Social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism were all reflected in the color green! The symbolic meaning of the color green was renewal of life and nature.

Definition of the Emerald, the May Birthstone
Definition of Emerald, the May birth stone: The word Emerald is derived from the Greek word "Smaragdos" which means "green stone" which reflect the color of the emerald. A precious stone of a rich green color, a variety of beryl that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem. By weight the emerald is the most valuable gemstone in the world. The Emerald is a member of the Beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) family.  The crystal structure of the emerald, the February birthstone, is hexagonal. Elements of chromium in the crystal produce the color, whilst inclusions in the stone create what is called the jardin, or garden, of the emerald.

May Birth stone - the History of the Emerald
For those who were born in the month of May the Emerald is the traditional birthstone. The history, myths, legends and folklore surrounding the magical properties of different birthstones have been handed down through the ages and from different civilisations. This subject has been documented separately in the History of Birthstones section which can be accessed by the link at the top of the page.

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