Why’s emerald the birthstone of May?
Have you ever come across one of those lists of birthstones?
Who on earth decided to match that particular gem to that specific month?
Being in the gem world, the idea of birthstones is inevitable, but once and again I would see those lists without a single story or idea to back them up, and that made them more and more meaningless.
And that’s a pity if you ask me.
I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m wired to find more meaning on something that has a story or an emotion attached, and gems are no different. Since that topic wasn’t covered in my gem classes, I keep researching and trying to find those links.
Today I’m sharing with you what I’ve found linking this month’s gem – emerald – to those born in May. And what I’ve found is based on some color psychology theories, so it’s also valid to those that simply love green or green gems so let’s dive in.
We are not thinking machines that feel, we are feeling machines that think.
― António R. Damásio
According to Dr. António Damásio, 95% of our decisions are based on how we feel instead of all the logical arguments we may have.
- What have you felt when you saw that green sweater or that green scarf?
- Why were you drawn into buying or wearing a piece of jewelry with a green gem?
- Why an emerald engagement ring?
- Why on earth that all-time record paid at an auction house for a necklace with nothing but green beads – more than $27.4 million paid for a Cartier jadeite bead necklace back in 2014?
Tell me, when you see something green, what’s the first feeling or the first thing that comes to your mind?
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Close your eyes for a few seconds and try to focus on the color green.
See what comes to mind.
More often than not, being fond of a particular color comes from our own life experience. That is also the reason why you may hate a specific color. The landscape surrounding your home when you were young, the color of your mothers’ eyes, your favorite fruit, or some story you’ve heard and that for whatever reason resonated inside of you.
Say you used to live near a forest and you loved everything about that. Odds are you love green. On the other hand, if you had to grow near that humongous forest, and you’ve always felt like it was the spookiest place on earth, you probably linked the color green to that feeling and ended up hating it.
So… what memories came to your mind?
Apart from our own memories and personal feelings, there’s also the case of myths that green accumulated over time but this is a gemstone blog, and so I have one final question for you. Are you aware of the vast array of green gemstones out there?
There are lots of green ones, and I’m a fan of many. Just as a starting point, if Emerald is the unmistakable queen of green gems, Jade his undoubtedly the king of green gemstones. These two have fascinated lots of cultures around the globe and are embedded in our cultural memories. But let’s not forget tsavorite garnets, chrysoprase, peridot, and malachite to name just a few.
THERE’s SPRING, LOVE, AND VENUS IN GREEN
“This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every Spring we enter a new cycle, and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life-affirming to look forward to.”
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, spoke on the color choice for 2017 -“Greenery.”
All fruits, regardless of the color they reach when ripe, start as green. That’s why youth and young love are associated with this color. Feelings also take time to bloom and grow and so, young love is sometimes thought as “still green.”
This connection with love is also quite ancient in Europe. To Romans, green is the color of Venus, the goddess of love, sex, fertility, and prosperity but also gardens, vegetable gardens, and vineyards. Among Greeks, the correspondent deity Aphrodite was the goddess of beauty and love.
All this connection between green and Venus led to the astrologers connecting them with May and the zodiac sign of Taurus. Those born under this sign have their birthdays between April and May which is Springtime in the northern hemisphere.
Isn’t this the loveliest connection?
Jokes aside, this might sound like a cliché of an association, as much as the association of green with Hope and Trust. However, an independent study asking people what’s the color for Hope and for Trust obtained an overwhelming result of 48% of the people replying green.
The idea of a hopeful green remains strong, precisely due to the connection with Spring. In Springtime, all nature blooms and grows after the cold and harsh winter; much like the human Hope that all will improve after the difficulties we may be facing.
And honestly, after knowing about this meaning imbibed in green I wonder, why aren’t more engagement rings in green? Trying to help those in need, I’ve created an album in Pinterest about colored engagement rings with a section solely for green engagement rings.
Why don’t you go and have a look? You’ll undoubtedly fall in love.
Now, I wanna hear from you.
Were you born in May, or are you from the sign of Taurus? If so, how do you feel about emeralds?
Let me know if you have such a gem with you, and how it makes you feel.
Share as many details as you’d like in the comments below.
Until next time,