MAY BIRTHSTONE: THE EMERALD
The emerald, the May birthstone, is the one that’s always associated with the lushest landscapes and the richest greens. Ireland is the Emerald Isle. Seattle, in the US state of Washington, is the Emerald City. Thailand’s most sacred religious icon is called the Emerald Buddha, even though it’s carved from green jadeite.
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC into the 1700s. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emerald, and used it in her royal adornments.
Emeralds, from what is now Colombia, were part of the plunder when sixteenth-century Spanish explorers invaded the New World. The Incas had already been using emeralds in their jewelry and religious ceremonies for 500 years. The Spanish, who treasured gold and silver far more than gems, traded emeralds for precious metals. Their trades opened the eyes of European and Asian royalty to emerald’s majesty.
Its color reflects new spring growth, which makes it the perfect choice of a birthstone for the month of May. It’s also the gemstone for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. If you want to learn more about the history and lore of emeralds see our latest blog, All About Emeralds.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAY BABIES
To celebrate your birth month, Regency Jewelry is offering 25% off on a special collection of our emerald jewelry. They are contemporary as well as vintage. Mixed with diamonds and gold. You can click on the photos below to see what we are offering as well as the sale prices. If you are looking for something else, please contact us via email or phone at 323.655.2573.