. EMERALD .
A stone full of magic and meaning, emerald is often associated with spring — a time that explodes with new life, a symbol of rebirth, youth, and good fortune. Much like aquamarine, emerald is also a variety of the beryl group of minerals, and are most frequently found inside a fine-grained sedimentary rock known as shale. Famed for its ravishing allure and rich lore, the May birthstone boasts an intriguing green color that ranges from light to deep, a result of the presence of chromium and/or vanadium in the mineral’s structure.
The name “emerald” is derived from the Vulgar Latin word “esmeralda/esmeraldus,” both variants of the Latin word “smaragdus,” which originated from the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos,” meaning “green gem.”/p>