Emerald, May's Birthstone

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The sea green of the emerald – May it be the gemstone for you! Emerald is the birthstone for May,

and one of my favourites for its beautiful sea green colour and its amazing qualities. My most treasured emerald is not in jewellery, but is the raw emerald pictured above, it measures 3 inches across and sparkles beautifully, which unfortunately the image doesn't show and doesn't  do it justice.  I it bought from a young girl (doing her homework at the side of the road), in a village in the Colombian Andes. The region is known for emerald mining, and as I walked by this child said to me “esmeraldas?” and my ears pricked up and I couldn't resit it.

For more than 4,000 years, emeralds have been among the most valuable and treasured of all jewels on earth. It’s called the Stone of Successful Love, and in ancient times was dedicated to the goddess of love, Venus as it was said to ensure unconditional love, unity and loyalty. If you want to resurrect an old relationship, or to revive passion with an existing partner, then keep an emerald near to the heart and communicate with it, and behold, your wishes will be answered!

It promotes friendship too, so a wonderful present for a best friend for a special occasion.

It’s also supposed to promote domestic bliss! Might be handy when there’s arguments over putting the loo seat down, or whose turn it is to do the washing up! Seriously, it is believed to restore balance and harmony, and has a calming effect on emotions, which aids co-operation and understanding.

Emerald is associated with the eyes and sight, so not only is it thought help to improve any eyesight problems, but it’s also used as a psychic and intuitive stone, used to predict future events and reveal truths.

This stone is a great one for the workplace, as it’s believed to be a great memory aid and might help to produce clarity and eloquence. So for anyone that might have the fear of public speaking, just having contact with emerald before taking to stage could help with those nerves.

In terms of its physical healing properties, it’s said to be a great revitaliser, and that includes ageing, so to rejuvenate your body and roll back the years, you thought that Oil of Olay was the answer, well now you can get some emerald in your life instead!

Healers believe that it can help problems associated with the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, as well as the spine and muscle system. It’s said to ward off epilepsy, and is used to avert fever, headaches, allergies and sinusitis, to relieve eczema, rashes and skin irritations. Finally, emerald is also used to increase fertility and for support during childbirth.

As emerald is one of the more precious stones, I keep them for specific requests, so if you do fancy some of this lovely greenness to form part of your jewellery collection, please do get in touch, and I’ll work with you to create a special design.