17th May 2017
May Birthstone: Emerald
Known as the most famous and valuable green gemstone, emerald is the bluish-green to green variety of beryl, a mineral species that includes aquamarine, morganite and heliodor. With it’s lush, green hue, its colour reflects new spring growth, which makes it the perfect choice of birthstone for the month of May.
Emeralds are notorious for their internal flaws and imperfections, also known as jardin, and whilst flawless emeralds are noted for their rarity and therefore higher price tag, many prefer their emeralds with minute flaws over the flawless type as this proves authenticity.
The Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald, and used it in her royal adornments. The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, which were claimed by Cleopatra as her own.
As well as using the stones for lavish jewellery, Cleopatra and the Ancient Egyptians believed emeralds could be used to treat eye diseases and that the green colour represented fertility and rebirth. The deceased were often buried with emeralds to symbolise eternal youth.
Others believed that placing emerald under the tongue would help foresee the future as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Emerald was also believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria.
In more modern times, emeralds are adorned by many the rich and famous, including Elizabeth Taylor who owned the infamous Bulgari Emerald Suite which comprised of a ring, pendant, necklace, pair of earrings, bracelet and flower brooch. The set sold at auction for a staggering $24,799,000 in December, 2011.
As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice as the birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.
Below are some examples of beautiful and GENUINE emerald pieces of jewellery that can be found inside your Bounty Candle or Bounty Melts this month!
Remember, you won’t find any synthetic or fake gemstones inside our candles and melts <3
Are you a May baby? Do you love emeralds? Let us know in the comments below!