May Birthstone: Emerald

May Birthstone: Emerald

May’s birthstone is the green emerald. This lush green gemstone has always held a strong association with the zodiac signs representing May–Taurus and Gemini. Emerald became the official birthstone for May in 1912.

With a rich history steeped in symbolism and a mesmerizing beauty that captivates the eye, this gemstone has carved its place as a timeless symbol of fortune, abundance, and health.

What is the May Birthstone?

Emerald is the official birthstone for May. This exquisite gemstone is said to evoke rebirth, renewal, and love as well as good fortune and health.

The word ‘emerald’ derives from the Greek word ‘smaragdus,’ meaning ‘green gem.’

Emeralds have long fascinated cultures across the globe. Their origins can be traced back to 330 BC in Egypt, where they were beloved by pharaohs and believed to hold mystical powers. Cleopatra herself was famously captivated by emeralds and adorned herself with these magnificent gemstones.

The Incas and Aztecs revered them as sacred, associating emeralds with fertility and immortality. Over the centuries, emeralds have been coveted by royalty and the elite, gracing crowns, jewelry, and even religious artifacts.

While emeralds can be found in Brazil and India, most of today’s high-quality emeralds come from Columbia. In fact, Columbia accounts for over 60 percent of the world’s production of emeralds.

The Green Symphony

What sets emeralds apart is their mesmerizing green color, known as “emerald green.” This captivating hue is the result of trace amounts of chromium, vanadium, and iron present in the stone. From deep forest green to vibrant grass green, emeralds encompass a spectrum of shades.

Their unique color has a soothing effect on the eyes and evokes a sense of serenity and harmony with nature. It’s no wonder emeralds have been associated with the lush beauty of springtime, making them a perfect birthstone for May.

Emerald Symbolism and Significance

The emerald gemstone has long been associated with symbolism and meaningful virtues. It possesses the remarkable ability to attract fortune, abundance, and health. Its energy resonates with growth and serves as a catalyst for creative manifestation.

What’s more, emerald is known for its harmonizing effect on Taurus’ renowned determination while perfectly complementing Gemini’s curious, inventive, and imaginative nature.

Notably, Taurus is ruled by Venus–the planet of love- suggesting emerald carries these themes within its symbolism. According to experts, the emerald is known as a stone of loyalty and has been said to bring peace, calm, and protection.

Shop May Birthstone Jewelry

Ahead, the best May birthstone jewelry to treat yourself or surprise a loved one.

Tiffany & Co.

Oval Emerald Ring

Exuding clean, contemporary lines and a romantic sensibility, this ring features a sleek band adorned with delicately placed micro-pavé-set diamonds and an oval center emerald.

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Emerald Fiorever Necklace

Crafted from 18 kt white gold, the Fiorever Necklace radiates with a central brilliant-cut emerald and glistening pavé diamonds.

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Emerald Destinee Earrings

Each set with an emerald-cut emerald and paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, Cartier’s Destinee Earrings mesmerize with their vivid hue and astonishing sparkle.

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About The Author


Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.

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