“Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet, flower month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and a loving wife.”
This poem, published by jeweller Tiffany and Co. back in the late 1800s, doesn’t even begin to touch on the unique history and meaning of emeralds – or their stunning beauty.
Emeralds have long been loved by figures of beauty, namely Venus, the Roman goddess of love and Egyptian empress Cleopatra. Venus believed emeralds would protect the wearer from unfaithfulness. Cleopatra adored emeralds, and would constantly adorn herself with these beautiful gems. Used regularly in her incredible pieces of jewellery, Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptians believed this sacred gem could bring fertility and rebirth, with the dead often being buried with emeralds in a bid for eternal youth, according to Gemporia.
Ancient myths boast the healing properties of emeralds, both for physical and mental ailments, states the International Coloured Gemstone Association. Spiritually and mentally, emeralds are said to have the ability to cleanse negativity and replace it with harmony, a sense of security and improved perception of one’s place in the world. A spiritual stone, it is believed to improve one’s acceptance of self and is also tied religion. Green, the colour of this gorgeous gem, is actually a significant hue within Islam and the Catholic Church, indicating its importance to different cultures throughout the world.
Some people believe the emerald’s healing powers are heightened and stronger for those born in May. If birthstone powers are of an interest to you, wear emeralds when you are experiencing pain or trouble with the eyes, spine and head. Also wear emeralds to aid in memory, clairvoyance and faith. When worn during your birth month, believers can expect their emeralds to work even more magic than usual!