May – Emerald (The 2020 Birthstone Collection)

May – Emerald


Emeralds, May’s birthstone, are the rarest of all the gemstones. They’re mined in Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia and Zambia but the first recorded emerald mines were in Egypt and these enchanting green stones were known to be one of Cleopatras favourite adornments. 


Documented as May’s birthstone in the northern hemisphere, the brilliant greens of emeralds herald the arrival of spring and symbolize health, wealth and vitality. At one time, they were even thought to cure diseases and also, to make the wearer more witty and intelligent.


Birthstones are not only fun and nostalgic, but throughout our lives they serve as a beautiful reminder of the month when we were born. The history behind birthstones is fascinating, with origins that date back to the Old Testament and Aaron’s breastplate, which featured 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes of Israel.


Over time, the 12 gems eventually became associated with the zodiac. Then, in 1912, the National Association of Jewelers established the modern list of birthstones we know today.


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A small, square gem of a print (14,5 x 14,5cm), this beautiful piece of jewellery features brilliant deep green emeralds, surrounded by diamonds and set in 24kt yellow gold, finely painted in watercolour by Libby Bell.


All prints are made to order and are signed in pencil by the artist before they are shipped. Please allow 3 – 5 days for printing and packaging.

Print sizes

A0 (119 x 84cm), A1 (84 x 59cm), A2 (59 x 42cm), A3 (42 x 29.7cm), A4 (29.7 x 21cm), A5 (21 x 14.8cm)

May – Emerald (The 2020 Birthstone Collection)

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