Prized for its vivid rich green color as far back as the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, emerald boasts a long history as a jewel fit for kings and queens. May’s birthstone, emerald also is the chosen gift for the 20th or 35th wedding anniversary. Upheld as a symbol of devotion, contentment and undying love, emerald traditionally has been thought to protect and renew relationships. The sister to aquamarine and a member of the beryl family, emerald is known for its distinctive color. This gemstone requires special care when wearing and cleaning. Traditional emeralds enhancements include oil and resin, which help fill natural fractures and inclusions, thereby stabilizing the gemstone. Emerald is revered as a talisman of good fortune, believed to bring health and wealth to its owner.