As the gem of spring, emerald is the perfect choice as the birthstone for the month of May. It's also the the gem of the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.
Emerald has been the standard for green colored stones for millennia. The most desirable emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation. Due to the crystal shape emeralds are commonly cut as rectangular step cuts called emerald cuts. Because its density is lower, a one-carat emerald will appear larger in size than a one-carat diamond.
Why we Love This Gemstone:
History's most ancient treasures - The oldest emeralds date back almost three billion years. However, they were first mined in Egypt around 1500BC, where it was believed that emeralds stood for fertility and rebirth.
Emeralds are rarer and often more expensive than diamonds - emeralds are more than 20 times rarer than diamonds and, therefore, often command a higher price.