This tree of life is made with emerald chips. The word emerald makes people think of green and this gemstone comes in a variety of green colors. Emerald is a gemstone from the Beryl family, which includes aquamarine. Emeralds are second only to diamond in terms of the dollar value imported into the United States. Some believe that emeralds have are the symbol of hope. It is considered by many to be the gemstone of prophecy. Emeralds are thought to strengthen memory, quicken intelligence, bring wisdom, and a stone of protection. Emeralds are regarded as the traditional birthstone for May. The majority of emeralds are located in Brazil, Colombia, and Zambia.