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What is emerald?

Even though one of the best known of gems, the bright green of emerald and the rarity of fine examples make emeralds one of the most sought-after. 


Lore


Emerald is the birthstone for May and according to old lore, emerald would help improve memory, keep away tempests and improve eyesight. Indeed, in the 1914 book 'The Book of Talismans" the author writes of emerald "If worn in a ring, emerald strengthens the memory and protects from giddiness", it was also said to guard sailors and fisherman from mishaps at sea if suspended "round the neck so as to lie upon the chest".

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