Emeralds are, of course May’s birthstone and whilst not the only green gemstone in the world, they are certainly one of the most popular. Like many gemstones, there is much history and folklore associated with emeralds, so we thought we’d share some of the lesser known emerald facts with you this month:
1. In addition to being the birthstone for May, emerald is also the traditional gemstone gift for the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversaries.
2. South Africa is home to some of the world’s oldest emeralds, dated at 2.97 billion years old!
3. Emeralds are part of the Beryl family of minerals, a group that includes aquamarine (March’s birthstone) and morganite.