The Emerald, a captivating green stone, is not only the birthstone for May but also associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus (April 20 and May 21). Its worth has been recognized since ancient times by various cultures such as the Israelites, Greeks, and Peruvians, and was considered to have soothing and healing properties. In modern times, we link this green gemstone with the Heart Chakra and its positive impact on our overall well-being. The emerald green color reminds us of spring grass and the outdoors, making it a fitting “earth” stone for the earth sign Taurus.
Emeralds are scarce and precious, and their value often surpasses that of diamonds. Despite being a type of green beryl with an 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, they are also one of the most fragile gemstones due to natural structural flaws, which make them susceptible to cracking. To enhance their appearance, they are frequently "treated" with oil or resin to fill the cracks, but this process reduces their value. So buyers beware when looking for bargains in this gem. However, affordable natural emeralds are available, such as the ones shown in the photo, making it possible to add this unique stone to your collection, especially for the Taurus.