A detailed look at one of our favorite stones!

May’s Birthstone: Emerald

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Tomorrow is the last day of May, and we can’t think of a better way to send one of our favorite months off than celebrate its birthstone–the emerald! When we think about emeralds, visions of vivid green, luxury and royalty come to our minds.

The emerald is a symbol of rebirth, making it a fitting stone to represent the month of May–a month where flowers flourish and the fields transform into a lush green wonderland. The emerald made its grand entrance in ancient Egypt, around 330 BC, and it remains synonymous with luxury and status.

If you’re craving more fascinating facts about emeralds, just keep on reading!

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Get to Know: Emerald

Appearance: Emeralds are related to aquamarine, as they are both varieties of the Beryl gemstone. A single emerald can grow up to a foot in length and its coloring can range from a soft, lime green to the deep green shade we often associate with the stone. The rarest and most valuable emeralds are those with a unique green-blue hue.

Meaning behind the name: Emerald’s name is pretty straight forward. It literally translates to “green” in Greek.

Origin: While the first emeralds were documented in Egypt around 330 BC, it is believed that emeralds are actually much older. Cleopatra was the first royal figure to fall in love with the emerald. She was so infatuated with the green gemstone, she demanded ownership of all emerald mines in ancient Egypt during her reign. The Egyptians would utilize emeralds in their most elaborate burials in addition to using the symbol of wealth as a prized gemstone to adorn their royalty.

To this day, emeralds are cherished stones with the majority being mined in Colombia, Brazil and Zambia.


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Potential Healing Benefits

  • It has been said that emeralds can reignite lost passion. If you’re feeling less than excited about your job or even a relationship, try keeping an emerald close by!
  • Emeralds are known for promoting one’s ability to learn something new and stay sharp when working under pressure. It has been said that emeralds can boost mental acuity, the ability to memorize and recall facts, eloquent speech and they may promote stress reduction. An emerald would be a great gemstone to have around if you’re trying to tackle a new skill or excel at work.
  • Perhaps the best potential healing benefit of the emerald is its ability to promote happiness and harmony. In a world filled with unpredictability, we could all benefit from this peaceful gemstone!

Famous Figures with May Birthdays

  • Bing Crosby- May 2, 1903
  • Audrey Hepburn- May 4, 1929
  • George Clooney- May 6, 1961
  • Janet Jackson-  May 16, 1966
  • Tina Fey- May 18, 1970
  • Bob Dylan- May 24, 1941
  • Stevie Nicks- May 26, 1948
  • Clint Eastwood- May 31, 1930

Discover Emerald-Inspired Workshops at Bead Fest Philadelphia!

Simple Silver Soldered Rings
Instructor: Eva Sherman

Create a series of three beautiful, stackable rings with vibrant stones! Using a butane torch, some silver wire and a few pre-made bezels, you can have a blast making these minimal, elegant rings.

Instructor: Jacqui Higgins

This intricately beaded work of art looks like it’s fit for a queen, and we adore the emerald-inspired Swarovski stone in the center! If you already have a working knowledge of bead weaving and want to take your skills up a few notches, this is the workshop for you!

Brazing Bold-Resin+Silver Talismans Jewelry
Instructor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

The natural, boho vibes of these Talisman pieces are perfectly aligned with this summer’s jewelry trends, and we are all about the range of projects you can choose to create in this workshop! If you’re trying to boost your metalworking and resin skills, you need to grab a seat in this workshop!

Twenty First Century Talisman Pendant
Instructor: Francie Broadie

This funky pendant features bright, iridescent hues that can jazz up any look. Students will learn how to create three individual components that are stunning on their own, but truly shine when they come together as a cohesive piece.

Celebrate your love for emeralds and jewelry art!

If you are feeling inspired to create your own jewelry featuring emeralds (along with all other gemstones and beads!) Bead Fest Philadelphia is the place to do it. With more than 100 workshop options for artists of all budgets and skill levels, you can customize your experience and learn from experienced artists.

Now, we’re dying to know! Were you surprised by any of the facts you learned about emeralds today? Leave a comment below or on our social pages telling us about your favorite, fascinating emerald fact!

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