May – Emerald Birthstone

Emerald

May’s birthstone by tradition is the Emerald – the green variety of precious Beryl.

Emeralds have been prized for centuries and have been extensively mined in Colombia – even the Inca people discovered their beauty as far back as the 1400s. Nowadays African stones from Zambia are beginning to rival Colombia; producing beautiful gems and now supply around a quarter of present day worldwide production.