The emerald or “the green gem,” appears in a range of gorgeous greens, anywhere from yellow green to blue green. Only medium and dark hued gems are considered emeralds; the rest are considered beryl. Because of its gorgeous green tones, emerald jewelry has been worn and loved for centuries.
Most emeralds in the Ancient World were mined near Cairo and revered for their special powers. Traders from the Far East carried emeralds believing the gems would protect the traders during their travels. Aristotle wrote about emeralds, stating that wearing emerald jewelry helped one be victorious in war. The green gem quickly became associated with Aphrodite, and therefore, with love. Some believed that the emeralds in one's necklace or ring would change colors if the wearer was unfaithful.
Today most emeralds come from Colombia, with Zambia coming in a close second. Emeralds have been discovered in the US as well, in places such as Montana and the Yukon. Today, emeralds are the birthstone for May, and therefore a gorgeous and thoughtful gift for anyone with a May birthday or expecting a newborn in May. As the gem associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, emerald necklaces and emerald rings are always the perfect gift for a loved one at any time of the year.