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Hawaiian natives believe ______ is the goddess Pele’s tears, while biblical references to the stone include the high priest’s breastplate – studded with a stone for each of the twelve tribes of Israel, one being ______. Cleopatra reportedly had a fine collection of “emerald” jewelry, which was really _____but it was the Ottoman Sultans who gathered the largest collection during their 600-year reign from 1300-1918, with an impressive array of both loose gem stones as well as earrings, rings and other jewelry.
Common in early Greek and Roman jewelry, _____ has been popular since 1500 BC when the Egyptians started mining it on Zeberget, later known as St. John’s Island, about 50 miles off the Egyptian coast in the Red Sea. It was a dangerous business back then as the island was infested with poisonous serpents, which a later Pharaoh had driven into the sea.
__________ is the birthstone for August.