Fans of May’s birthstone are said to have included Cleopatra herself. Fanatical about emeralds, legend has it that the Egyptian queen split one enormous stone down the middle and gave one half to her lover, Marc Antony, keeping the other for herself. She’s also said to have presented visiting dignitaries with her likeness carved into emeralds as gifts.
Thousands of years on, the stone still enjoys royal favour. The Duchess of Cambridge wore a spectacular emerald choker and earrings set to the BAFTAs in 2018. Her late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, was famously loaned Queen Mary’s emerald choker by the Queen following her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, which she wore as a headband as well as a necklace over the ye
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