For those born in the month of May, your birthstone is the wonderful green gemstone Emerald. The word emerald is derived from the ancient Greek word “smaragdus”, meaning green. Thought of as a symbol of rebirth and love, it is believed to give the wearer youth and foresight. Emerald is part of the beryl family, and its precious green colour is given by the small amounts of chromium. They are generally quite weak with a low resistance to damage and flaws, however these imperfections are often considered part of the emeralds character. Most emeralds are treated with oils to enhance their vivid, natural colour. Emeralds are found in many countries all over the world from Australia to Zambia, however Columbian emeralds are considered to be the most beautiful. Colombia is also the world’s largest producer, yielding 50-95% of the world’s production, depending on certain factors. Prized since ancient times, it is thought that emeralds have been around for over 6000 years. It is known that the emerald was a favourite of the Ancient Egyptians, and in particular of Queen Cleopatra who gifted foreign visitors with the gemstone. They often buried mummies with emeralds to symbolize eternal life. The Ancient Greeks associated the emerald with Venus, the Goddess of love and beauty. They believed that if the heart was faithful the stone would glow a beautiful, bright green colour but if it strayed it would turn a dull, lifeless shade. As long as there have been emeralds, there has been evidence of their healing properties. The emerald has the ability to support the health of organs, improving unwanted physical conditions. It has also been long thought that the emerald can help aid eyesight, through gazing deeply into the green stone. The emeralds physical healing powers are associated with multiple conditions and its benefits go on and on. For the mind and spirit, the emerald also has many positive attributes. The emeralds green ray of light is thought to draw love into your life, emitting energies of abundant and unconditional divine love. It will induce feelings of compassion, kindness, and loyalty. Emeralds, whilst having great therapeutic benefits, also look stunning set in jewellery. A symbol of love and compassion, the emerald has become increasingly popular to be set in an engagement or eternity ring. While not as exorbitant as diamonds, emeralds are still quite highly valued, meaning they are more in reach of successful figures than the average man. Celebrities born in May, who benefit from having the Emerald gemstone include George Clooney, ex-prime minister Tony Blair and Janet Jackson. If you or someone you love was born under the emerald this May we would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday!