To all the mothers, would-be mothers, soon-to-be mothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers, once-were mothers, and the wonderful women who love you so much they’re just like a mother, we wish you all the love that you give and then some. Happy Mother’s Day!
Perhaps it is my love of fairy tales and all things mystical and magical but when I saw the add seeking sellers for this upcoming Winnipeg craft sale I simply could not resist sending in my application! I will be setting up shop for the day on Saturday May 7th with the lovely “fairy girls” and hope you will pop by and check out the event. Between 12:00 & 5:00 PM at 955 Mulvey Avenue in Winnipeg! This is your last chance to snag that perfect something for Mother’s Day 🙂
There’s a perfectly good reason you May babies are making the rest of us green with envy: your birthstone is the emerald.
Emeralds are the vibrant green form of the mineral beryl, given its colour by chromium or vanadium. They are fairly strong, rating a 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs hardness scale. While hard, though, emeralds can be brittle. Most emeralds have some inclusions or imperfections, which dealers call the gem’s “jardin” (French for garden). An oil treatment is often used to fill surface cracks, improve transparency, and help prevent an emerald from chipping.
The first known emerald mines were near the Red Sea in Egypt. Cleopatra was well known for her love of emeralds. These days, Colombia and Zambia are the highest and second-highest producers of emeralds.
One of the “big four” gemstones, emeralds have long been popular and valuable. One of the world’s largest emeralds is the “Mogul Emerald”, weighing in at 217 carats and stands around 10cm tall. Dating from 1695, this emerald tablet is inscribed with a flowing floral pattern on one side and a prayer on the other. And much more recent, who could forget Elizabeth Taylor’s amazing Bulgari set of emerald jewellery?