Emerald – May’s Birthstone

Beliefs, Mythology

Emeralds are a symbol of rebirth and love. Symbolizing health, it is purported to have various healing powers. Emerald has been thought to give wisdom to people, including future insights.

Color

True to its meaning, Emerald is found in a rich array of vivid green tones.

Etymology

Emerald means green.

Hardness

7.5 – 8

World Application

Emeralds are a variety of very brittle beryl, and other than beautiful jewelry, they have no other application. They are the rarest of gemstones.

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Emerald - May's Birthstone - The rarest gemstone