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MAY BIRTHSTONE

EMERALD

Emerald, the birthstone for May, has been beloved for millennia, evoking rebirth and renewal. The word “emerald” comes from smaragdos, ancient Greek for a green gem. Widely regarded as the definition of green, emerald is the perfect rich green color for spring. From the poetic description of Ireland as “the Emerald Isle” to the vibrant green of the famed gemstone itself—the May birthstone emerald has captured hearts and minds through the ages.

Hardness: Emerald is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, so it is more susceptible to scratching than a diamond, which ranks 10 on the scale.

Care: Avoid exposure to heat and harsh chemicals. Never put an emerald in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the vibrations and heat can cause the filler to sweat out of fractures. The safest way to clean emeralds is to gently scrub them with a soft brush and warm, soapy water.

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