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May Birthstone – The Magnificent Emerald

The emerald has a long history, favoured by royalty and loved by Cleopatra the emerald has enchanted people for over 6 thousand years. The word...

The emerald has a long history, favoured by royalty and loved by Cleopatra the emerald has enchanted people for over 6 thousand years. The word emerald comes from an ancient Persian word, translated to Latin as “smaragdus,” and eventually over time, corrupted to “emerald.”

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Records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. In Roman myth the emerald was the stone of the goddess Venus which gave the emerald its romantic meaning, when given the emerald is believed to bring passion and unconditional love and loyalty, and passion. When worn by royalty it was believed that the emerald gave you better eyesight and could protect against evil and even cure disease.

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