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
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.