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Rich and vibrant like the returning green of spring, May birthdays are lucky to call the beautiful Emerald their birthstone!

Gorgeous green emeralds are difficult to ignore! These brilliant stones are certain to catch the eye, whether they are the star of a bold, statement piece or used as a subtle hint of glamour in something more casual.

Famously, Cleopatra was a huge fan of the emerald. Emeralds were first discovered in Egypt and, during her reign, she claimed all the emerald mines for herself. Since then, emeralds have been discovered all over the world on almost every continent. The oldest emeralds that have been discovered are estimated at nearly 3 billion years old!

In addition to their beautiful color, emeralds have gained such popularity because of their jewelry-application versatility. They rank at a 7.5-8 on the Mohs hardness scale (making them quite durable), although it’s best to work with an experienced jeweler to ensure their quality since emeralds can also have inclusions that make them more vulnerable to chips and cracks.

In addition to owning the title of May birthstone, the emerald is also the chosen gem of 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries!

From earrings to pendants, rings, bracelets, and more, there is a beautiful emerald piece waiting for you at Joslin’s!