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The forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Emerald

Published on Saturday 04 May 2019

The forgotten history of birthstone jewellery: Emerald

May’s Birthstone Emerald represents wisdom, growth and patience

Catherine Hills Jewellery Emerald cabinet

Story of May’s Birthstone Emerald

Catherine Hills Jewellery: Pollen charm emerald cluster pendant

My symbol for May is the Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. I thought that it was fitting as May’s birthstone is emerald and the first known emerald mines were in Egypt and date back to at least 330BC. Cleopatra loved emeralds and they were used as part of her royal adornments. Legends state that if you place an emerald under your tongue you’ll be able to see the future and be protected from evil spirits.

How are Emeralds Formed?

Catherine Hills Jewellery: Emerald studs

Like aquamarine, emeralds are a form of the mineral beryl which forms in cooling magma, deep inside the Earth.

History and Meaning of Emeralds

Catherine Hills Jewellery: Emerald collection

The ancient Romans dedicated emeralds to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

In folklore wearing an emerald is believed to help improve your memory. If you have a dream about buying an emerald, someone you trust may deceive you.

Colours of Emeralds

Catherine Hills Jewellery: Emerald satsuma studs

The finest emeralds have a vibrant yet deep green hue and I’ve chosen this true emerald green for the emeralds I’ve used in my new Satsuma birthstone earrings.

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