Gemini Birthstones: May 22 - June 21 - The TwinsPeople born between May 22 and June 21 fall under the zodiac sign of Gemini. Gemini is an air sign and is the third sign of the zodiac, ruled by the planet Mercury. Gemini birthstones are beautiful Emeralds. Other alternative gemstones for Gemini include: Agate, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Moonstone, and Pearls
Emeralds are a symbol of wealth and are considered more valuable than diamonds. The first known source of Emeralds was found near the Red Sea in Egypt. In the 1500s, the Spaniards discovered a huge supply of Emeralds.
Emeralds are also found in other countries, such as Brazil, Zimbabwe, India, Madagascar, Pakistan and Russia. This coveted gemstone comes from the mineral, beryl - the name coming from the Greek beryllos. Colorless in its pure form, it is its impurities that give beryl its lovely colors. Emeralds are colored by small amounts of chromium giving it the green hue.
Emeralds have been revered since ancient times. Some of the most famous Emeralds can be seen in museums around the world. The largest collections are found in the crown jewels of Iran. One of the world's largest Emeralds is the Mogul Emerald. It was discovered in Columbia by the Spaniards, and found its way to India. It weighs 220 carats, and is almost 10cm in height. This Emerald was sold for over $2,000,000 at an auction in New York.
There are many superstitions regarding the Emerald. It is said that wearing an Emerald can protect against eyestrain and even help the blind. It is also believed that the Emerald ensures a life of love and happiness, faithfulness between lovers, and painless childbirth. The more bizarre beliefs say that an Emerald can make snakes blind, preserve chastity and help the wearer to develop superior intelligence. Most of these superstitions started in ancient times when people wore gemstones in an amulet tied around their necks.
Due to Emeralds being so rare, synthetic Emeralds have been produced. Carroll Chatham produced the first synthetic Emerald. Emeralds are cut in different shapes including oval, rectangular, marquise, and the traditional Emerald cut. They are graded like all precious stones according to color, clarity and shape. Grades represent a range of different qualities.
The most popular cut for Emeralds is the rectangular cut because it shows off the beautiful green color. Emeralds are used to make all types of jewelry - rings, necklaces, brooches and earrings. Emeralds are often combined with other stones such as diamonds and sapphires.
There are a number of famous people born under the sign of Gemini. Queen Victoria, composer Richard Wagner, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (creator of the detective, Sherlock Holmes), author Ian Fleming, and famous actor Clint Eastwood. All these people have the Emerald as their birthstone.
Gemini falls under the zodiacal symbol of the twins. Gemini's are said to have contradictory natures, with changeable personalities. They can be reckless and fickle, but they are also intelligent and quick-witted. Gemini's have vivid imaginations and are very expressive. They are always hungry for knowledge. Gemini colors are yellow and light blue. Compatible star signs are Libra, Aquarius, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius. Gemini flowers are lilac, lavender, azalea and sweet pea. If you are interested in custom jewelry set with Emeralds, please Contact Me to request an estimate.