Emerald, the birthstone of May as well as a sentimental token of love when celebrating 20 years or 55 years of marriage. A variety of the mineral beryl, emeralds color consists of brilliant deep hues of green making it one of the most sought-after gemstones on the market. Originally discovered by the Spanish in South America in the 16th-century emeralds have since been very prominent throughout history. Their stunning color and luster made emeralds a favorite stone of queen Cleopatra, who reportedly adorned herself with the bewitching green gemstones on a regular basis.
Besides their beauty, according to ancient folklore emeralds were believed to help one see into the future if you placed one under your tongue. They were also considered a healing agent where the wealthy would crush of boil emeralds and mix them with a lotion to cure cuts and other skin ailments. The soft calming color of green is still believed to relax and relieve eye strain.