When I think of Springtime, I think of GREEN! After a loooong winter in the midwest, we get to see little pops of color work there way up from the ground after the snow melts. Spring = Green grass, little green sprouts, blossoming trees, colorful fashion, and of course: green GEMS!
May is a WONDERFUL month to be born in, as the colored stone that represents your birth month is EMERALD, a beautiful stone indeed.
Emerald is the most precious stone in the beryl group. The name comes from the old French word 'esmeralde', which was derived from the Greek word 'smaragdos' meaning 'green stone'.
The historical green color of emerald is unparalleled in the world of gemstones and it is considered as one of the most 'precious four' of all gemstones, which also includes sapphire, ruby and diamond.
Emerald is similar to Aquamarine in some ways. Like aquamarine, emerald is a variety of beryl, a mineral that grows with six sides and up to a foot in length. Emerald color can range from light green (though there is some argument whether these very light beryls are truly emeralds) to a deep, rich green. The deeper or more green an emerald, the more valuable it is. The rarest emeralds will appear to be an intense green-blue. Emerald color is owed to trace amounts of chromium and vanadium, and color is best admired under natural daylight
Almost all natural emeralds contain distinct characteristic inclusions and almost all are treated with oil or resin to fill tiny fissures and cracks. It is the presence of these flaws and oil which makes it quite easy to identify and distinguish natural emeralds amongst other similar gemstones.