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Scandinavian spring truly blossoms in May. How perfect then, that the evergreen emerald is the May birthstone.
In May, trees and flowers are usually breaking out in full bloom up here in the Nordics. Nature suddenly transforms into a wonderful spectacle of lush greens!
The rare emerald is the birthstone of May, and it is precisely the vibrant green color that gives emerald its high status in the gem world. Did you know that emerald actually has been the standard for green among colored stones for thousands of years?
Emeralds carry the green color of spring and radiate beautifully in a variety of hues, from bluish, strong and vivid tones to warmer, rich and intense greens.
Emerald’s exuberant greens have soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus" (in Norwegian emerald is in fact called "smaragd").
This stone is a variety of the beryl family, a mineral species that also includes aquamarines. Emerald scores an 8 on Mohs Hardness Scale.
The birthstone of May is believed to endow anyone who wears it with special powers, namely the ability to see into the future! Who wouldn't want an emerald right now?
It is also considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love, as well as hope, growth, renewal and the search for meaning.
The first known emerald mines were in Egypt, dating from at least 330 BC and well into the 1700's. It was the iconic Queen Cleopatra who made the fascinating emerald so popular. She used it in her royal adornments and is known for her passion for emerald.
So, we can actually thank Queen Cleo for making this gem so sought-after! That's why we have a Nangi ring named after her. The Drop Dead Gorgeous Cleopatra features a jaw-dropping, drop-shaped.
Pictured above: Drop Dead Gorgeous Cleopatra