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Emerald


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Primary Gemstone: Emerald

Alternate Gemstone(s): Chrysoprase

History: Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May. It's name comes from the Greek "smaragdos", which means green stone. Emeralds derives its beautiful color from the presence of chromium and vanadium.The most desired emeralds are pure grass green. Emeralds typically have inclusions trapped within the stone, known as "jardin" because when magnified you can see patterns formed resembling foliage in a garden.

According to legend, wearing emeralds cured low IQ, poor eye sight and infertility. This gemstone is also believed to bring luck and wealth.