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Monday, May 01, 2017

Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald
Emeralds are known to us today as the birthstone for May. Anyone wearing emerald jewelry, as the birthstone poem says, "Shall be" "loved and happy." However, over the years, emeralds have been associated with more than just love and happiness. In the Middle Ages, emeralds were associated with not only love, but with the heavens. And emeralds were believed to contain strong healing powers. All in all, emeralds were considered as something of a super gem in the Middle Ages.


Celebrate Your Favorite May Baby with an Emerald
We know this from various writings. In 1349 Guillamuede Machaut wrote that "emeralds ma...
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Friday, May 01, 2015

Emerald is May's Birthstone

by Bonaci Fine Jewelers
May's birthstone is the emerald. This gem appears in a magnificent range of greens, the darker containing blue and the lighter containing yellow. Because most emeralds are found with surface cracks, it is accepted practice to oil the gem to fill in the cracks and improve the gem's luster. While this is a relatively new practice, this kind of attention devoted to the emerald is not new.

In the Middle Ages, jewelry enthusiasts wrote lapidariums, or special books devoted to gems, including emeralds. A good emerald was believed to be “greener than any green that lay next to it.” Emeralds were also believed to hold special powers. Raymond Lull wrote of experiences in which he witnessed emeralds easing the suffering of the sick.

Of course, along with emeralds themselves, emerald jewelry has always been treasur...
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