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Birthstone Facts!

The emerald has been revered as one of the most popular and valued gemstones throughout history. With it’s deep green color, caused by traces of chromium, many people associate it with a lush green garden in full bloom. Emeralds have many inclusions which the French call “jardin” meaning garden because of their resemblance to foliage.

Emeralds are a 7.5-8 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, and they are very difficult to cut because they are quite brittle and have inclusions that cause the stone to easily crack or chip. Emeralds grow very slowly within metamorphic rocks and are usually restricted in size by the rock, making large emeralds very costly and rare. The most prized emerald specimens come from a mine in Columbia but they are also found in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Nigeria an Russia.

An emerald is believed to promote mental growth, perceptiveness and be effective against headaches. It symbolizes hope, development and maturity. It is supposed to bring luck and success as well as power. They were once considered to be an antidote to poison in India. The Egyptians used to leave these beautiful stones, engraved with the symbol of the leaf, in the tombs with their dead. The ancient Romans associated this precious gem with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

The emerald is the traditional gift for the 55th wedding anniversary but it also used as a 20th and 35th wedding anniversary stone.

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-Jess

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Alex and Ani is pioneering its own definition of corporate consciousness with sustainable initiatives and the creation of high quality, thoughtfully manufactured pieces. We are committed to building a culture that focuses entirely on mindful actions. Our products are hand crafted in America. Our stores are purposefully located on main streets to encourage growth in local economies. Our items are designed for longevity, as artisanal pieces that can be passed from one generation to the next. To us, sustainability is an essential idea that means contributing to a new way of thinking and acting that considers the well-being of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths. We empower individuals to actively create the world they want to live in. Alex and Ani’s ethos is living consciously, turning a lifestyle brand into a way of life.”

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