The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
Today you can copy this idea using well crafted
calligraphy skills or simply use a decorative font from the computer.
Add your own border using wrapping paper, decoupage or other
May is derived from Maius is probably named after goddess Maia.
Taurus April 21–May 21 Gemini May 22–June 21
May Birthstone - Emerald
Emeralds belong to the Beryl family and are magnificent
gems with colours that range from light to deepest green. They are
highly prized gemstones and make beautiful jewellery. Emerald Birthstones are not
as hard as some gems and are stones that can be easily cracked or split
if knocked accidentally.
They have been used to great effect when set beside
diamonds and pearls in the Crown Jewels.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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