Emerald, derived from the Greek for “green gem,” is well-named considering it occurs in primary hues of green. This primary hue is mixed with secondary hues of blue and yellow. Different emeralds have different mixtures of the three, creating gorgeous and unique emerald jewelry. Emeralds and emerald jewelry are not only enjoyed today; they have been treasured for thousands of years.
The first recorded emerald mine existed from about 3000 to 1500 BC near Cairo, Egypt. Egyptians believed emerald jewelry could keep the with eternal youth. They placed emerald necklaces and emerald rings in sarcophogi, believing the emerald jewelry would aid the keep the deceased young at hear as he or she journeyed in the afterlife. Ancient Romans believed an emerald necklace could betray an unfaithful spouse by turning white. And in Ancient India, emerald jewelry was believed to give its wearer good fortune.
Now this gorgeous green gem is still associated with youthfulness and renewal. And as May's birthstone, emerald jewelry is the perfect present for anyone with a May birthday. But with its gorgeous green tones, emeralds are also the perfect present to celebrate the start of spring.