By Danielle Olivia Tefft
If you were born in the month of May, you probably are aware that the emerald is your birthstone. Lucky you! I don’t know many people who aren’t mesmerized by this captivating deep green gemstone. Emeralds have been cherished for thousands of years. Cleopatra, the most revered Egyptian queen of antiquity was said to love the lavish green gemstone. In fact, the first official emerald mines were located ancient Egypt.
When the Spaniards reached the New World, they quickly discovered vast troves of Columbian emeralds. Of course these enchanting gems were usurped along with other jewels in the name of the Spanish Crown. These exquisite Columbian emeralds are considered the standard by which all other emeralds are still measured today.
Even if real emeralds aren’t in your budget, you can surely find a piece of vintage costume jewelry with emerald green stones to treasure. Below are photos of some lovely costume pieces with emerald color stones that I’ve had the privilege of finding new homes for over the years. I wanted to keep everyone of them. Enjoy!
Do you own a piece of jewelry with real emeralds? Or perhaps a costume piece with enchanting emerald green rhinestones? Please tell us about your emerald treasures in the comments section.
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Danielle Olivia Tefft is a professional writer with a lifelong passion for gems, jewelry and fashion. She is a GIA accredited jewelry professional and the owner of online antique and vintage jewelry shop, Treasure Box Antiques. Current projects include ghostwriting jewelry and fashion blogs for clients worldwide. When she is not writing, she spends time in the garden, spoiling her cats and traveling with her significant other. Would you like to hire her to write for you? Visit her website danielleoliviatefftwrites.com for clips, terms and more information.
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