May is a special month for those born in it as their birthstone is the captivating Emerald. It's no surprise that most May babies adore their birthstone because of its ability to draw attention with its deep green color that is often described as "Emerald Green." This color is rich, saturated and just the right shade of green that's hard to describe.
Aside from its alluring beauty, Emeralds are also believed to bring luck, improve memory, and promote love. As a precious stone, Emerald has a hardness rating of 7.5-8 on the Moh's hardness scale, making it a durable gem. However, natural inclusions found within the stone tend to decrease its hardness, making it rare to find a "clean" Emerald. It's essential to handle this stone with care because the inclusions weaken its strength.
Emerald is a variation of the mineral Beryl, which has related varieties such as Morganite and Aqua. Emeralds can also come in different shades of green, from a deep green (the most popular) to a lighter or even mint green, which is equally stunning.
Emeralds are sourced from various locations worldwide, including Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, Madagascar, and even the USA. With its mesmerizing beauty and unique properties, it's no wonder that May babies adore their birthstone, the Emerald.