The birthstone for the month of May is emeralds. Emeralds can range in color from a lighter green to the most common deep green.
There are many myths associated with the emerald. The stone was once believed to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery and fever, and protect the wearer from panic. Its magnificent green color was said to rest and relieve the eye. To the ancient Romans, emeralds were dedicated to the goddess Venus because the green emerald symbolized the reproductive forces of nature.
In the Middle Ages, emeralds were believed to hold the power to foretell the future.