Emerald: For May births, 55th wedding anniversaries and a symbol of love & loyalty.
With records dating as far back as 1650 B.C., the Emerald Gemstone has an incredibly rich history and a host of notable admirers throughout time. The Roman goddess of love, Venus, is often associated with the gemstone, as ancient Romans believed the stone embodied the qualities of Venus; beauty, fertility and goodness. It is also believed that the stones will bring the wearer foresight, good fortune and youth. Interestingly, the name Emerald derives from the Greek word “smaragdus”, which translates to green in English.
Emeralds are primarily found in a form of shale rock, which has gone through the process of recrystallisation as a result of changes in pressure and temperature in its environment. In order to maintain the beauty of this delicate gem, the ‘Emerald Cut’ was developed to reduce the likelihood of chipping due to stress or pressure on the stone. Although emeralds can be mined in various locations, Columbia is said to have the purest and largest emerald export as a result of the host rocks the stones are formed in.
Famous admirers go as far back as Cleopatra, who claimed ownership of all emerald mines in Egypt during her reign, to more recently, Elizabeth Taylor, who’s famous pendant sold for $6.5 million in 2011.
Having been deemed the gemstone for 55th wedding anniversaries and seen as a symbol of loyalty, it makes the perfect anniversary gift to mark your milestone celebration.
Here at Goldsmiths, we have stunning emerald jewellery collections that can be cherished for a lifetime. Browse the collections online or in your nearest Goldsmiths showroom where you can appreciate the beauty of the stone in person.