Birthstone and Flower for May

The Flower for May is Lily of the Valley

Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is a fragrant flowering plant used in religious ceremonies, world celebrations, perfumes and in gardens. Also known as the May lily, it means "return to happiness" and most often symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility.

The Gemstone for May is Emerald

 Emerald, the birthstone of May, carries the rich green color of Spring and radiates a beautiful vivid tone. They are considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are the rarest gemstones and are typically mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.

 Scientific Gemstone Properties of Emerald

Mohs Hardness of 7 -8 with a hexagonal crystal structure

Chemically, Emerald is a beryllium-aluminum silicate whose color is due to small quantities of chromium compounds.  The Emerald is the green member of the Beryl Clan; sibling to Aquamarine (teal), Morganite (pink), Golden Beryl (yellow) and Heliodor (yellow green) as well as Bixbite (red) which is much more rare than the others.

 

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The meaning of the color Green 

Green, the color of life, renewal, nature, and energy, is associated with meanings of growth, harmony, freshness, safety, fertility, and the environment.

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The Stone of Successful Love

Emerald derives its glorious green color from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are rarely flawless, therefore stones are often enhanced by oiling them to hide the imperfects. As well, the step cut (or emerald cut) is used to maximize the stone.

Ancient mythology teaches us that the Emerald was associated with the Mercury, who was known to be the messengers of the gods, and of travel. It thus makes perfect sense that the Emerald is commonly referred to as the Travelers Protection Stone.

A lesser-known “odd” fact of the Emerald is that when subjected to heat, it will actually sweat or expel water. Ancient writings speak of this extraordinary phenomenon. 

 

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