Emeralds existed in Europe as early as 300 BC. Emerald jewelry was worn by ancient Greeks and Romans, the most famous advocate for the Emerald being Cleopatra. She even went as far as claiming every single mine in Egypt as her own during her reign.
Cleopatra was not the only one obsessed with this beautiful gemstone. Many Egyptians would bury Emeralds with monarchs and other people of high rank as a form of protection. This idea came from the meaning given to the stone, and the symbolic nature of protecting you from evil.
After the long history of the Emerald in Egypt, the May birthstone found its way to Europe after Spain invaded South America. Ireland's nickname, "The Emerald Isle," is also a tribute to the green beauty of a gemstone that also symbolizes lush countrysides.
Since then, it has become a part of jewelry culture everywhere, a precious gemstone that is now given to those who were born in May as their birthstone. It is more than just a piece of jewelry, but a symbol for so much more.
Nowadays, Colombia is the country that is most known around the world for its vast supply of Emerald. Emerald mines are located in Muzo, Chivor, and Coscuez, Colombia. Zambia and Brazil are two other countries that have significant Emerald production.