“Who first beholds the light of day
In spring’s sweet flowery month of May
And wears an emerald all her life
Shall be a loved and happy wife.”
One of the May birthstones is Emerald – signifying wisdom, growth and patience. The Emerald belongs to the Beryl family and stones are graded according to colour, cut, clarity and carat weight. Coming in a variety of natural colours and shades of green, the colour is caused by the gemstone’s selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light.
Sapphires are also said to be May birthstones and they signify truth, purity and sincerity. They are found in every colour except for red, with the most common colour being blue. Like Emeralds, diamonds and rubies, sapphires are graded according to colour, cut, clarity and carat weight. The most valuable sapphires have an intense vivid blue colour. Black, grey or green undertones will reduce the stone’s value.
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