May Birthstone: Emerald
Facts and thoughts on May's magical green gemstone...
Emeralds are among the most beautiful gems in the world, but they are a difficult stone to work with due to their many inclusions (fragments of other minerals embedded in the stone during its formation). This makes them more prone to breakage and why a high quality Emerald can be very expensive.
As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, I am trained to assess the condition, color and overall quality of the Emeralds I select for my work (like the one above in the picture). I am lucky to align with quality gem dealers that source some of the most exquisite stones available to jewelers. Once in my studio, I enjoy studying the gem carefully using my gemological microscope.
Emerald Quick Facts:
Hardness: 7.5-8 on the Mohs Scale