Emerald: May Birthstone Looks

Happy birthday to all our May babies out there! This month’s birthstone is the beautiful emerald and we are so happy to welcome this month with this gorgeous gem. Here at Jaimie Nicole we have the perfect gift for anyone celebrating a birthday this month. But before we get into that, we wanted to give you a little history and background information on emerald. The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond. According to Indian mythology, the name emerald was first translated from Sanskrit as “marakata,” meaning “the green of growing things.” The current name is believed to come from an ancient Persian word, translated to Latin as “smaragdus,” and eventually over time, to “emerald.” Records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. The earliest reference to emeralds in Western literature come from Aristotle. He was a great fan of the gemstone and wrote that owning an emerald increases the owner’s importance in presence and speech during business, gives victory in trials, helps settle litigation, and comforts and soothes eyesight. Many cultures throughout time have believed the emerald to be an enormously powerful stone in different ways. The ancient Egyptians believed the emerald stood for fertility and rebirth. In Ancient Rome, Nero supposedly watched gladiator fights through a large transparent emerald as he found the color to be calming. In some legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail is described as being fashioned from an emerald. The ancients associated Emerald with the Greek goddess Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, and the stone was believed to protect lovers from unfaithfulness. If the heart was loyal, the gem would glow in a beautiful green color, but if the heart went astray, it would turn a different, lifeless color. In addition, it was believed that wearing an Emerald would improve one’s memory and intelligence, enabling one to think clearly about the past, present, and future. Throughout history, royal families have loved this stone. Cleopatra was famous for her love of the emerald. Emeralds were also a part of crown jewels in India, Iran, and Russia. Hernando Cortes also found emeralds on his voyage to Mexico and attempted to bring them back with him to Europe but failed to do so due to a shipwreck. Many modern icons have also worn emeralds with great passion and gusto. Elizabeth Taylor had a fabulous collection of emerald jewelry including brooches and necklaces. With all that being said, you can see why this birthstone is in high demand and will make a great gift for any friend or loved one! Our birthstone necklaces are pre-packaged and come with a card that gives a brief explanation of some of the properties of this wonderful stone. The necklace measures approximately 16” and has a 3.5” extender chain. It features eleven stunning cubic zirconia charms in this beautiful green hue. Style tip: layer with our multi-colored birthstone necklace to jazz up your look and add a dainty pop of color to any outfit. Emerald is the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe! You may also opt for our bone and onyx with emerald stone charm bracelet. A Jaimie Nicole best-seller and a great gift option at only $35. These bracelets are ideal for stacking or may be worn alone. It’s safe to say that emerald is the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe! We hope you enjoyed learning about this month’s birthstone. These necklaces can be found online at Jaimienicole.com and are also in stock at our showroom in Coral Gables. We are located at 4649 Ponce de Leon Boulevard suite 305 and are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. We would love to see you here and help with all your gifting needs!   Xoxo Jaimie

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