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The History Behind May and June Birthstones

The History Behind May and June Birthstones

By Karla Mikkelson

The emerald: Would it revive an old love?

Emerald, the birthstone of May, is the symbol for love and rebirth. It has a rich green color, and its name comes from the Greek word smaragdus, meaning green.
emerald greenEmeralds are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Zambia and Afghanistan. It was mined in Egypt as early as 3000 B.C.
Called the “Stone of Successful Love,” emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of friendship and loyalty, inspiration and infinite patience, it is said to embody unity, compassion and unconditional love. In ancient Egypt, it was considered the symbol of eternal life.
The emerald is one of four precious gemstones (the others include Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire), and is the green form of Beryl, colored by trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Beryl also forms in other colors used as gems, such as the Aquamarine.
Need to revive an old love? Historically, Emerald was an excellent stone for reviving passion, whether for an interest, a person, or a job. To attract romantic love, it was advised to wear or carry an emerald out of sight near your heart. The emerald was also known for nurturing strong self-esteem and to have a calming effect on your emotions.
Associated with the eyes, the emerald is also a stone of great intuition and vision. Historically, it was long believed to foretell future events and reveal your truths. Traditionally it was even used as protection against spells. Just need something to help you focus? It was also worn as a stone of wisdom, cooperation, understanding, or to improve your memory, clear your mind, and bring on some mental clarity.

Pearl: Physical properties to help alleviate stress.

June’s traditional birthstone is the pearl.
ThinkstockThe pearl is the oldest known gem, and for centuries, it was considered the most valuable. Unlike all other gems, the pearl is organic matter derived from a living creature – oysters and mollusks.
Pearls have been called the teardrop of the moon, as early cultures claimed the pearl was born when a single drop of rain fell from the heavens and became the heart of the oyster.
Today, it’s the symbol of purity and innocence and is often worn by brides, as well as sewn into their gowns and crowns.
For healing properties, the pearl was known to stimulate spiritual transformation, promote prosperity and success, and surround you with beauty and calmness.
It’s physical properties are reported to help the wearer alleviate stomach, digestion and emotional stresses. It also increases your ability to focus, producing better meditation skills and wisdom.
Ever wondered what cultured freshwater pearls are? These pearls are actually farmed and created using a grafting process with freshwater mussels. These pearls are often unique shapes, and once were made in the US and Japan, but are now primarily farmed and grafted in China.


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