15 May 2017

/ May Birthstone is the Emerald: We've Got The Jewels to Make You Green With Envy /

This month, we're falling in love all over again with the rich hue of the emerald, which is the birthstone for May.

An increasingly rare gemstone with a long history, emeralds were first mined in ancient Egypt as far back as 3500 BC, where Cleopatra held ownership of all the mines. Over the centuries it has been viewed as a symbol of rebirth and has been worn to grant foresight, and is also gifted for 20th & 35th wedding anniversaries. 

The majority of emeralds mined today are found in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. As Pliny the Elder described this gemstone in his 'Natural History' in the 1st century AD; “...nothing greens greener”.

Don't forget to pop over to Gem School, to learn more about this vibrant gemstone.

Tessa Blazey's trilliant cut emerald 'Ripley' ring.

Tessa Blazey's sterling silver and emerald 'Etta' stud earrings.

Luke Maninov Hammond's yellow gold and emerald 'Cusp' ring, created recently for his Beneath the Surface exhibition.