Birthstone for May

Posted by GiGi Ferranti on May 2nd 2016

So Lets talk about Emerald. Lovely Emerald is May’s birthstone. It is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the wearer foresight, good fortune and youth. Found in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. Todays emeralds are mined in Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. The availability of high quality emeralds is limited; consequently treatments are done regularly, to improve its clarity. Emeralds are part of the Beryl family of minerals, which include Aquamarine, heliodor (yellow beryl) and morganite (peachy-pink beryl). They are a softer stone; so much care is needed when setting them in jewelry and wearing them.

The Emeralds that are bluish-green or greenish blue are the most desirable and rare so they will command a higher price.

I love the greenish-blue color it works as a fashion accent with the current trends.

Designing a piece with an emerald is on my checklist. Most likely it will be a ring, just searching for the right stone!!!

One of the most famous Emerald necklaces was Elizabeth Taylors emerald and diamond necklace given to her as a wedding gift from Richard Burton.

By Bulgari this  piece had 16 Columbian emeralds totaling 60.5 carats. It was an emerald brooch suspended on an emerald and diamond necklace.

At Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry auction at Christie’s, Bulgari bought back the necklace for $6,130,500.00. 

Oh what a piece!!!