The emerald, with its rich and vibrant green of spring, is the birthstone of May.
The rarest of all gemstones, emeralds are considered the symbol of rebirth and love. Looking back into the ancient times of Ramses II, tools found in the emerald mines of Egypt, suggest that the discovery of emeralds goes back to almost 1300 B.C. Is is said that Cleopatra’s emeralds (her favourite gem) came from mines closer to the Red Sea.
Ancient Rome believed that green emeralds were linked to the goddess Venus and represented the revitalization of nature, and the ability to amplify love. Emeralds held the mystical power to predict the future.
High in the Andes, the last Inca king of Peru, Atahualpa was said to wear the Crown of the Andes which has an abundance of emeralds. It is said that there are 450 emeralds in the crown.
The idol representing the goddess Meenakshi, the chief deity of the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, India, is said to be made of emerald.
Throughout the centuries emeralds have held mythical properties of rebirth, fertility and eternal youth. It was believed their green colour soothed the eyes. Vision was restored when your eyes rested on their beauty.
Tonight, I am welcoming the coming of May with the gentle restfulness and fresh green of the emerald month. The vibrant colours of spring flowers add to the celebration. As Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, Let’s party!”