May Birthstone: Emerald
When you think of May, you picture bright green pastures and fresh leaves, ready to welcome the Summer with open arms. It's only fitting that May's birthstone is the vibrant and sought-after Emerald - the colour embodies love and rebirth.
With Emerald Mines dating as early as 300 BC in Ancient Egypt, it's no wonder that Emeralds hold a precious spot in our rich history.
Cleopatra, Egypt's female monarch is perhaps the most famous entity known to adore and wear Emeralds during her reign. Ancient Egyptian mummies were often buried with an Emerald carved with the symbol of flourishing greenness on their necks to symbolise eternal youth.
Europeans were first introduced to the wonderful nature of Emeralds during the 1500s when the Spanish Armadas invaded South America, whereby the Inca population had the coveted gems in their possession for many years.
Across the world in India, Emeralds were also believed to be talismans offering the protection of the Gods.
In today's world, Emeralds are taken to signify various attributes. Emeralds with a softer soothing tone are often said to represent loyalty and peace, while those a deeper green colour are to signify happy new beginnings or new life in nature.
Overall, an Emerald makes for the perfect gift for any May-born Taureans or Giminis.