From Mother’s Day to religious celebrations, and even birthdays — May is a month worth celebrating. And of course, a new month brings a new birthstone. So for this month, it’s none other than the emerald. Derived from the Greek word smáragdos, the birthstone is commonly found in countries like Brazil, Colombia, Zambia, and Afghanistan. But more interestingly, Cleopatra herself was in love with the emerald and even claimed ownership of every single emerald mine in Egypt during her rule.
Aside from being prized for its vibrant, scintillating greens, the emerald has been linked to producing a calming effect and loving energy, and was once thought to make wearers more intelligent, quick-witted, and passionate speakers.
However, in today’s context, the emerald now symbolises loyalty, new beginnings, peace, and security, and is also believed to relieve stress.
So whether you’re getting it as a gift this Mother’s Day, a birthday present for your loved ones, or even for yourself, ahead, we’ve sussed out some of the most beautiful emerald pieces that are worth splashing on.