May is named after the Greek goddess Maia, one of the seven Pleiades and mother of Hermes. The Romans associated her with growth and with fertility. In turn, this month is commonly associated with the rebirth of nature and life, especially flowers. While many know Emerald to be the modern birthstone of this month, four other crystals have been commonly associated with May throughout history.
The modern birthstone for May is known as the stone of successful love. Emerald promotes unity, unconditional love, and balance in partnerships. Interestingly, Emerald was also the traditional birthstone of May, meaning that it has been connected with the month since the 15th century.
The alternate modern British birthstone for May, chrysoprase promotes happiness and joy. it is thought to bring good fortune, balance yin yang energy, and promote self-healing.
The ancient Ayurvedic birthstone for May, agate comes in many different varieties. All agate promotes protection, strength, and harmony.
The old Hebrew birthstone for May, carnelian is a talisman of good luck and confidence. It can help with creating a sense of community and making one’s dreams a reality.
Sapphire is the old Tibetan birthstone for May, representing inner peace and wisdom. This crystal enhances intuition and soothes the mind by releasing tension.
Birthstones at Crystal Life
We hand-select all our stones here at Crystal Life. After hundreds of thousands of years in the earth, they are eager to begin work with their new human partners! When stones arrive at Crystal Life they are welcomed warmly by staff members and the store’s resident nature spirits. The stones are energetically cleared on a regular basis, to help them maintain their own inherent peaceful characteristics and personalities while being visited by so many store guests.
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