May – Emerald

May birthstone – more valuable than diamonds, fine quality emeralds of significant size are among the world’s most bewitching jewels.  Their incomparable dark green color is produced only under extreme rare conditions.  Ancient history records emerald mines near The Red Sea called “Cleopatra Mines”, this was where the Pharaohs gathered gems between 3000 and 1500 BC.  History also speaks of the Maharajas of India whose treasure vaults were filled with emeralds – the gem they believed to bring luck and health.  The green of emerald is representative of life and springtime and is also thought to symbolize the beauty and love of the goddess Venus.