May’s birthstone, the brilliant green emerald, is the perfect reflection of spring and rebirth. The emerald gemstone is actually a variety of the mineral, beryl, which ranges from light green to the more valuable deep, rich green. Cleopatra was the most famous historical figure to cherish her emeralds. Additionally, Egyptians used emeralds in jewelry, and in burials, as symbols of protection. The calming green color, of emeralds, was thought to keep the wearer calm and relaxed and to ward off panic. Many also thought that wearing emeralds would cure a wide array of health problems and provide good fortune, youthfulness, and foresight. Emerald jewelry has always been popular through the ages.