A stone full of magic and meaning, emerald is often associated with spring — a time that explodes with new life, a symbol of rebirth, youth, and good fortune. Much like aquamarine, emerald is also a variety of the beryl group of minerals, and are most frequently found inside a fine-grained sedimentary rock known as shale. Famed for its ravishing allure and rich lore, the May birthstone boasts an intriguing green color that ranges from light to deep, a result of the presence of chromium and/or vanadium in the mineral’s structure.
The name "emerald" is derived from the Vulgar Latin word "esmeralda/esmeraldus," both variants of the Latin word "smaragdus," which originated from the Ancient Greek word "smaragdos," meaning "green gem."
Emeralds are believed to possess attributes of fertility and love, with a truly feminine spirit full of nurturing qualities. Traditionally, those born in May have behavioral characteristics of faithfulness and loyalty, and are more predisposed to friendship. These days, the May birthstone is thought to represent wisdom, patience, growth, and flourishing greenness.
Not surprisingly, the May birthstone was one of Egyptian queen Cleopatra’s favorite — and rightly so. Emeralds were also popularly used for royalty during the Victorian era. Early Christians saw the emerald as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ.
Some say emeralds promote balance between partners, provide domestic bliss and contentment, embody unity and compassion, and inspire an ongoing search for harmony. The soothing energy of this lush crystal brings freshness and vitality to the spirit, and provides healing to all levels of the being. Emerald wearers can also benefit from improved memory, enhanced mental clarity, and increased focus and intent. Much like other birthstones, emeralds are believed to regulate blood circulation, reduce labor time and pain, soothe epileptic seizures, and increase peace of mind.