Birthstone for May
Emeralds are a green variety of mineral beryl, the same material as Aquamarines! Very few places in the world can have the geological conditions that are vital to forming this beautiful gemstone. Emeralds are very soft which means they can scratch easily. Gem experts differ on the degree of green that makes one stone an emerald and another stone a less-expensive green beryl. Most gemologists, gemological laboratories, and colored stone dealers call a stone green beryl when its color is “too light” for it to be classified as emerald. Even among that group, however, there’s a difference of opinion about what’s considered “too light.” It is the gemstone for the month of May.
Refractive Index: 1.577 to 1.583
Mohs Hardness: 7.5 to 8
- Avoid cleaning in solutions that may remove oil.
- Wipe with soft, clean cloth.
- Avoid wearing emerald jewelry that involve sharp harsh blows to the jewelry.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to light and/or heat that may cause oil to be removed or dry up.
Price point: $$$