May Birthstones

Modern – Emerald   Traditional – Emerald  Mystical - Sapphire

Emerald is considered one of the four traditional precious gemstones along with Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.  It is a bluish green member of the Beryl family of minerals along with Aquamarine.  Beryl is a mineral found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. If a Green Beryl stone is too light in color and less saturated to be called Emerald it is usually named Green Beryl. Aquamarine often has a greenish cast to the stone but is heated to bring out more of the blue color and reduce the green. In that way, Aquamarine and Emerald are closely related, but Emerald has chromium or vanadium in it which gives it the rich green color.

While Emerald is not commonly heat treated, it usually has natural inclusions and internal flaws (tiny crystals of rock salt, liquid, and/or a bubble of gas) that appear as fractures on the surface and are sometimes filled with oils, waxes, and “artificial resins” and polymers to reduce the visibility of the fractures and improve the clarity. These imperfections are sometimes referred to as the "internal garden" and are unique to each stone.

Emerald is known as "the stone of successful love" because it supports domestic bliss and loyalty by enhancing unity, unconditional love and partnership.  It's a life-affirming stone that offers inspiration and infinite patience.  

Esoteric Attributes:


Emerald opens the heart chakra and has a calming effect on emotions.

Clear emeralds help to impart mental clarity. It is a wisdom stone, promoting discernment and truth.  It helps bring to the surface what is unconsciously known. 

Gives strength of character to overcome misfortunes in life.

A stone of regeneration and recovery and can heal negativity but should not be worn constantly as that can trigger negative emotions.

Aids in recovery from infectious illnesses and is beneficial for the sinuses, lungs, heart, spine, muscles and eyes.


  • Ann Marie Hodrick

    I love that the inclusions are called the “inner garden”. It’s the inclusions in a gem that I appreciate because it makes each one unique and special.

  • Linda

    Very interesting post. I learned a lot about emeralds that I didn’t know- especially the information about inclusions.

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