EMERALD

The birthstone for May (as well as the 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries’ gem), Emerald is one of the ‘big-four’ stones (with Diamond, Sapphire and Ruby) and is from the beryl family. According to mythology this brilliant green stone can cure some diseases, soothe sore eyes and protect from giddiness and memory loss. Emerald was also said to be Cleopatra’s favourite gemstone.