Emerald is well-known as the birthstone for May. Emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl, colored green by trace amounts of chromium. In the United States, emeralds colored by vanadium are recognized as true emeralds, but in Europe, vanadium emeralds (sometimes called "Columbian Emeralds") are simply called "green beryl". Our beads are generally cut in China, and sometimes India. They are more likely to be chromium emeralds, but we are unable to confirm this.
We don't always have emerald beads in stock, so when you see emeralds here that you like, get them while you can!