Emerald - Birthstone for May - Janet Isherwood Jewellery
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Emerald – Birthstone for May

Emerald – Birthstone for May


The birthstone for May and gemstone of the 55th wedding anniversary.  Emeralds are one of the gemstones associated with the Zodiac star sign Cancer.  Emerald’s lush green colour has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.”

Emeralds were mainly mined in in antiquity in Egypt and were said to be one of Egyptian queen Cleopatra’s favourite gems,  Emeralds are found in many countries around the world.  Colombia is the world’s largest producer of emeralds, constituting 50–95% of the world production. Zambia is the world’s second biggest producer.  The assessment of Emeralds is carried out using the four Cs – colour, clarity cut and carat weight

Some stunningly beautiful Emerald pieces are held in the Royal Collection namely the Grand Duchess Vladimir Emerald Tiara and The Dehli Durbar Emerald Necklace.

Visit us in Kay Street, Rawtenstall. Call us and speak to one of our experienced team. Or visit our website to discover the pieces of emerald jewellery that we can show you. Alternatively, find out more about commissioning a bespoke piece of emerald jewellery such as the beautiful emerald ring shown below – designed and created in our own on-site workshop in the heart of Lancashire.

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