May Birthstone Feature: Emerald
Emerald: May’s Green Goddess
May is filled with green, both outdoors and in my beading studio! (Just check out this month’s Pretty Palette inspiration!) One of my favorite childhood books is The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy travels to the Emerald City to seek her way home and finds many friends–and some adversaries–along the way. Whether it was really green or just seemed that way because of the green-tinted glasses, I’ll always love imagining a city of verdant green filled with people wearing green hats and clothes.
Let’s learn a little more about the emerald, a gemstone that has been mined since around 330 BC. Cleopatra loved her emeralds, and claimed ownership of all the emerald mines in Egypt.
- Color: light green to a deep, rich dark green
- Care: keep away from extended exposure to light, chemicals & oils; use warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to clean, as ultrasonic cleaners can cause fractures (which are common in emeralds) to weaken
- Meanings/Properties: a symbol of rebirth, loyalty, & new beginnings
- Uses: believed to grant the wearer foresight, good fortune, & youth
- Zodiac Sign Associated with: Taurus
The Evergreen Slip-on necklace is perfect for beginning beaders. It only takes a few tools (wire nippers & chain-nose pliers) and uses a few basic skills. All of the materials can be found at your local Michaels Store.
The Bead Gallery beads you’ll need are:
You’ll also need a few basics:
- deerskin lace (*I love that this is on a spool instead of a card. No kinks to stretch out!)
- .015″ satin gold beading wire
- #2 crimp tubes
- super glue gel
For more emerald green beading projects, click the images below!