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EMERALD is the birthstone for the month of May. The word "emerald" comes from Latin smaragdus, via Greek smaragdos, its original source being a Semitic word izmargad or the Sanskrit word, marakata, meaning "emerald" or "green". The ancient Egyptians mined emeralds near the Red Sea nearly 4,000 years ago, and Cleopatra prized emeralds above all other gems. 16th Century Spanish explorers found large emeralds in the possession of the Incas and Aztecs of South America, who regarded the emerald as a holy gemstone. Tradition suggests that these stones will improve memory, intelligence and empower the owner with foresight into the future. They are also worn to enhance love and contentment.
NOTE: Stones on this page were photographed under 5000 Kelvin "daylight" lighting. For maximum color accuracy, descriptions were made in north-facing natural daylight, indoors, between 11am-2pm, at 32.89°N latitude.
COLOR: Wherever possible, a similar Pantone Color Card number has been used, NOT the Pantone colors online, which necessarily use RGB approximations, are grayer, and not at all the same. Since color is so subjective to lighting conditions, and daylight is in turn subjective to location, descriptions and pictures are intended to give a general idea of actual color. To know what these stones really look like, there is no substitute for seeing them in person.