Emeralds are widely accepted as the Birthstone for the month of May. Although no one knows the true origination of "birthstones", the idea of birthstones can be linked as far back as Babylon. It is known that the Indians and Babylonians created a link between birth months and corresponding gems.
The birthstone concept has also been liked to Judeo-Christian beliefs. At the command of Moses, 3500 years ago, Aaron built a breast-plate consisting of 12 gems. Theologians of the Jewish and Christian faith believe this breastplate was symbolic of the 12 months of the year and signified the birthstones. Since then, jewelers have often revised the list of birthstones leading to the list that is in use today.
The custom of wearing gems as birthstones, may have originated three centuries ago in Poland. Since then, the custom has become widespread. It is believed that the wearing of your birthstone will bring you good luck.
The Emerald gemstone also assigned to Taurus and is believed to influence both positive and negative personality traits and characteristics of those born under the astrological sign of Taurus. The Zodiac sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, one of the planets in the Solar system. The planet Venus rules over the Emerald, which has its own unique properties relating to color, crystalline structure, character and abilities
The Zodiac sign of Taurus also responds to Sapphire, Garnet Agate, and Diamond. The tradition of giving gifts of jewelry containing these stones dates back thousands of years. The gemstone, or birthstone Emerald is believed to conduct the energies of the planet Venus with which it is sympathetic and that wearing jewelry containing the gemstone will focus the energies of the planet and sign through the gem.
Colombian emeralds will typically be the most expensive followed by Brazilian and Zambian stones. The reasoning is related to the color. Colombian emeralds get their color primarily from the trace amounts of the element chromium which is responsible for some of the purest greens in gemstones. Brazilian emeralds get their color primarily from trace amounts of the element vanadium and Zambian emeralds get their color from iron. Brazilian emeralds typically have a slight brown or gray cast and only sometimes match the pure green hue that many Colombian emeralds offer and Zambian emeralds often appear too blue due to their iron content. In reality though, emeralds from all three sources may be colored by more than one element.
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