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Emerald is May’s birthstone. It is a rare, magnificent green gemstone, and the most famous member of the beryl family of gems. Emeralds come in a range of green shades, with some more transparent and others more opaque. In general, emeralds tend to have a high level of inclusions, or visible lines, in their crystals.
The interior of Columbia has always been the most important source of this precious gem, although it is found in small numbers all over the world. In recent years, significant sources have also emerged in Zambia and Brazil.
Emeralds were mined in Egypt as early as 330 B.C. They were thought to bring the owner youth, good fortune and foresight. Their deep green colour made them a symbol of rebirth as well.
Long ago, it was discovered that soaking a rough emerald in colourless oil subdues the natural flaws and improves their transparency. Today, most emeralds are treated in this manner. Due to a high level of inclusions, emeralds require special care in cleaning and handling. Use only mild soapy water and gentle cleaning with emerald jewellery–never an ultrasonic cleaner. Be particularly careful to store emeralds away from other jewellery.