Emerald: The Gem of Rebirth and Renewal

The May birthstone, also the gem for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries, is a beautiful, rich green and symbolizes rebirth, renewal, loyalty and peace. The emerald was adored by the ancient Egyptians who mined them as early as 330 BC. Queen Cleopatra had a passion for emerald and claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign. Egyptians also used the gem in jewelry and in their burials as a symbol of protection.

Colombia has been the source for emeralds for more than 500 years and are the standard by which all other emeralds are measured. Emeralds are also found in Brazil and Africa. Emeralds range from bluish green to green to slightly yellowish in color. Only stones with a rich color are considered emeralds, as those with a light tone are called green beryl.

With spring and plants and trees coming to life, making our yards and forests lush and green, it feels appropriate that the emerald is the birthstone of May. Stop by Bridgewaters to find your perfect piece of emerald jewelry!