May’s birthstone: Green with envy

The birthstone of May is the emerald, a beautiful green gem that has been revered for thousands of years. Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was a great admirer of emeralds; in fact her own mine was rediscovered about a century ago – one of the earliest confirmations of emeralds in history.

What lady doesn’t like to feel like a queen? If your birthstone happens to be emerald, you’re in luck! Island Companies has sought out the finest examples from sources all over the world and brought them to The Flagship Store, Island Jewellers in Island Plaza, and The Mansion in Camana Bay.

These exquisitely set pieces of jewellery will make your friends green with envy, and thanks to Island Companies’ impeccable reputation (backed up by its 90 day global return GOLD STAR guarantee on purchases), you know you’re getting emeralds fit for royalty. Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces…all can be found at Island Companies.

Emeralds are associated with love, fidelity, inspiration, wisdom, harmony, growth, patience, peace and abundance. You might say they’re priceless!

Interesting emerald facts:
Emeralds are less dense than diamonds. This means that a one-carat emerald is larger a one-carat diamond.

The colour green has always had an association with spring and rebirth. In fact, ancient Egyptians often buried mummies with an emerald hung from their neck in hopes of providing eternal youth.

About emeralds, Pliny said, “No stone has a color that is more delightful to the eye, for, whereas the sight fixes itself with avidity upon the green grass and the foliage of the trees, we have all the more pleasure in looking upon the emerald, there being no gem in existence more intense than this.” Following Pliny’s advice, the Roman Emperor, Nero, watched gladiator fights through emerald-encrusted sunglasses.

Green stones with a designer twist
Maybe you are born in May, but you like the idea of an alternative to emeralds as your birthstone? Thanks to Island Companies’ extraordinary array of designer jewellery you can choose from a wide range of pieces set with green stones in different shades and cuts to fit your style.

Consider the delicate Rugiada ring and earrings by Mattioli in 18K rose gold. Rugiada means “dew” or “dewdrop” in Italian; an apt description of the delicate light green stones set in fine gold. Or perhaps the vibrant, eye-catching Stephen Webster Superstud necklace and chandelier earrings? Coveted by icons and idols, Stephen Webster is celebrated for creating modern classics.

Then there is the timeless sophistication of Konstantino’s collection, including Astritis green amethyst earrings, a clover pendant and cocktail ring. Stunning jewellery handcrafted and detailed by master artisans in Athens, Greece.

No doubt about it – if Cleopatra was around today, odds are good she’d be buying her jewellery at Island Companies. After all, she always demanded the very best .