The May Birthstone: Emerald

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The May Birthstone: The Emerald

The May birthstone is the emerald. This enchanting gemstone is the perfect color for spring and has captured hearts through the ages. While the emerald celebrates those born in May, it's also a gift for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. Let's explore this lush and rich green gemstone at Skeies.

The emerald has enchanted many throughout history, including those of royal importance. Cleopatra was known to have for having an elaborate collection of emeralds and used them in her royal adornments. 

The Spanish were also associated with the emerald. The legendary Crown of the Andes was fashioned in colonial South America. The word "emerald" comes from smaragdos, ancient Greek for a green gem. The emerald was believed to have mystical and healing properties, including relieving stress and eye strain. 

Colombia has been the source of the finest emeralds for more than 500 years, and Colombian emeralds are the standard by which all others are measured. The May birthstone can also be found in Zambia, Pakistan and Afghanistan!

The emerald birthstone requires some special care: Avoid exposure to heat, changes in air pressure and harsh chemicals. Never put an emerald in an ultrasonic cleaner. The safest way to clean emeralds is to gently clean them with a soft brush and warm, soapy water. Given the rich green hues, it's inevitable that we would fall under the emerald spell. Now you can treat yourself – or a loved one – to an emerald that captures the season's vitality at Skeie's Jewelers.

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