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Bradenton, FL 34210 
May Birthstone

Traditionally, Emerald is the Birthstone for May

The "Emerald" Isle - the "Emerald" City - "Emerald" green; sound familiar?

​Emerald is considered to be the gemstone of choice for Spring.

If you celebrate the anniversary of your birth in May, you probabIy know what emeralds are.
In my opinion, the most arresting green color in the gemstone world comes in the form of

emeralds, with chrome tourmaline and chrome diopside running second and third.

The beautiful bright green color found in the emeralds comes from the chromium that is in the

emerald crystal. The finest emeralds are clear, bright, deep green. Emeralds that are light, or "leaf-green"
are still lovely, but the most desirable ones have a strong, brilliant, rich green hue.  

It is said that the most gorgeous emeralds in the world, come from the mines in Colombia, South

America, however - emeralds of gemstone quality are found in Afghanistan, Australia, Austria,
Brazil, Ghana, India, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nambia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan,
Tanzania, the Ural Mountains in Russia, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Some trivia many believe about emeralds:

* Emeralds are believed to have a "life of their own", and help in growth.
* They are thought to increase agricultural production in their region.

* If one wears emeralds, they will ease the discomfort of childbirth.

* Simply viewing an emerald will soothe and refresh the eyes.


Fine gem quality emeralds command an incredible price, as they are rarely to be found free of
inclusions. An exquisitely fine emerald's cost may exceed that of a diamond of comparable size.
Always one of the rarest stones in top quality, emeralds have been prized since antiquity.

Despite their hardness - rating 7.5 to 8 on Mohs scale of hardness - emeralds are brittle, and can

be damaged easily. Because they are rarely found free of inclusions, a hard knock can easily
chip, crack, or totally shatter an emerald, so the wearer must be cautioned to wear it carefully.

Emeralds have been "faked" since ancient Roman times. They have been imitated using green

glass, made with colored cement, duplicated with garnets and glass assembled together, or
made with quartz, colorless beryl that is treated, or synthetic spinel. "Inclusions" have even 
been placed inside some of these simulants, to mimic the natural flaws in genuine emeralds,
and many emeralds are oiled, to deepen their green hues. Great care must be taken when 
cleaning them, especially in an ultrasonic machine, as "oiled" emeralds can lose their 
bright green color. They can be oiled again, to restore it, but it is safer not to use an 
​ultrasonic for your emeralds.

Physical properties of emeralds, color, clarity, and even their luster, varies
greatly, depending on the area in which they are mined.

Chemically speaking, emeralds are Be3(Al,Cr)2 Si6O18, or aluminum
beryllium silicate.

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