Emerald - the May Birthstone

Emerald - the May Birthstone

Emerald belongs to the beryl family and gets its green colour from trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. The combination of high pressure and temperature during the Earth's geological processes contributes to the formation of Emeralds.

Whether naturally formed or synthetically created, Emeralds continue to be cherished for their beauty and symbolism. Emeralds exhibit a range of green hues, from yellow-green to blue-green, with pure green considered the most valuable.

Emerald as a Birthstone:

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May.

Throughout history, Emeralds have been associated with royalty and were often used in the jewellery of queens and empresses. In many cultures, Emeralds are believed to symbolize rebirth, fertility, and the renewal of life.

Emeralds are also believed to have healing properties, promoting physical and emotional well-being. They are associated with the heart chakra, symbolizing love, compassion, and harmony.


Crushed Emerald vs. Cut Emerald:

Emeralds can exhibit pleochroism, showing different shades of green when viewed from different directions. This characteristic can influence the way emeralds are cut and set in jewellery to maximize their visual appeal.

Gem cutters often take pleochroism into consideration when shaping emeralds to bring out the most desirable and uniform green color.

A raw crushed Emerald in a powdered form may appear lighter or more opaque/matte as crushing the crystal alters its optical effects which may lead to a loss of the distinctive translucency and shine seen in cut crystals.


Adding crushed Emerald shards to your ring:

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