The modern and traditional
May Birthstone is the EMERALD. The Emerald is also the Arabic, Hindu, Polish
and Russian birthstone for May.
The Hebrew and Roman birthstone for May is the Agate. Birthstones also have links with the signs of the zodiac and May has two signs: Taurus (April 21st - May 20th) and Gemini (May 21st - June 20th), therefore various other birthstones are associated with May and these include Chrysoprase, Sapphire Garnet and Diamond.
For thousands of years Emeralds have been admired, revered and worshiped for their vibrant green colour, their natural beauty and obvious value. They have graced the treasure troves, artifacts, thrones and crown jewels of royalty, empires, religions and civilisations and have been highly sought after and fought over by the rich and the powerful.
Weight for weight the Emerald is the most valuable of the gemstones.
is considered to symbolise friendship, loyalty, love and fidelity.
The ancient Greeks considered it to be the talisman of the goddess Venus, representing faith, goodness and kindness.
A deep green colour is traditionally associated with the Emerald and in fact the word Emerald is derived from the Greek word Smaragdos which translates to green stone in the English language.
northern hemisphere May is in late spring and seen as a time of growth in
the garden. The intense green of the Emerald is associated with springtime
and with this season of life, rebirth and joyous colour.
The Emerald is the green member of the Beryl family of minerals.
Pure Beryl has no colour; the green of the Emerald is due to traces of chromium and vanadium.
The Emerald has a good hardness which mainly protects it from scratching however it is rather brittle and all but the very best specimens have flaws (inclusions) and fissures which make them a challenge to the gem cutter. Despite this difficulty it is still a much loved and favourite gem of Jewellers, Gem Cutters and Designers.
Like all other coloured gemstones Emeralds are graded by the "Four C's": Colour, Cut, Clarity and Crystal (Crystal in this case meaning transparency)
"Who first beholds
the light of day
in spring's sweet, flower month of May
and wears an Emerald all her life
shall be a loved and a loving wife."
|History of the May Birthstone|
emerald is steeped in history, myth and legend throughout the ages.
The Egyptian pharaohs mined Emeralds as far back as 3000 B.C. Some of
these mines came to be known as Cleopatra's Mines. More
|Jewellery and Gifts|
emerald makes a lovely gift for a birthday, an anniversary, a special
occasion or any time when you want to show you care. More
|The month of May|
May is the fifth month of the year but that has not always been the
case as it was the third month of the early Roman calendar. It is widely
believed that May is named after the Roman goddess Maia. More
|May Birth Flower|
May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley which symbolises humility
and sweetness. More
|Emeralds - 10 facts|
The emerald is the green member of the Beryl family of minerals. Beryl
is a six sided symmetrical crystal. More
|Birthstones, gems and precious stones|
of peoples from across the globe have revered precious stones not only
for their obvious beauty but as symbols of power, good luck and mystery.
Precious stones have high value and are compact and can be easily concealed
and transported. More
The emerald is the birthstone for May which makes it a perfect gift for your loved one. There is a wide range of emerald jewellery available including rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and pendants.
There is a wide range of emerald rings in a variety of cuts, shapes, sizes and designs to suit your budget. Emerald rings
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There is a wide range of emerald earrings in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to suit your budget. Earrings
A selection of lovely emerald earrings follows: -
There is a wide range of emerald Necklaces and Pendants in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to suit your budget. Necklaces and Pendants
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Our other websites include
Marchbirthstone.co.uk where you can find out many interesting facts about the birthstone for March, the Aquamarine.
Junebirthstone.co.uk where you can find out many interesting facts about the birthstone for June, the Pearl.
Julybirthstone.co.uk where you can find out many interesting facts about the birthstone for July, the Ruby.
Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Necklace
|9ct Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Floral Pendant||9ct Yellow Gold Heart Cut Emerald & Diamond Claddagh Design Pendant||18ct Yellow Gold Oval Cut Natural Emerald (0.63ct) & Diamond Cluster Pendant|
|Appreciate the simple delight that this attractive necklace has to offer. The intricate design showing intertwined ribbons of ethereal 9ct Yellow Gold and resplendent Diamonds, encaptures the essence of the 0.426 ct Emerald centrepiece. More||A beautiful contemporary design pendant designed from flowing 9ct yellow gold and decorated with glowing single cut white diamonds and finished with three 0.132ct marquise cut rich green emerald gemstones. More||Draw attention to your accessories box by adding this fabulous Claddagh style pendant! Wonderfully weaved ribbons of 9ct Yellow Gold compliment resplendent Diamonds and luminous Emerald. More||A beautifully designed and crafted 18ct yellow gold cluster pendant,featuring a central oval cut emerald gemstone framed with single cut white diamonds creating a flower design. Gold Weight: 1.2g. More|
|9ct Yellow Gold Round Cut Natural Emerald (0.74ct) Classic Stud Earrings||9ct Yellow Gold Oval Cut Emerald (0.46ct) & Diamond Drop Earrings||9ct Yellow Gold Natural Emerald (0.14ct) & Diamond Claddagh Creole Earrings||9ct Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Stud Earrings|
Classic Stud Earrings. 9ct yellow gold round cut natural 0.74ct emerald. Hallmark: 375 gold, Depth: 3mm, Height: 7.3mm, Width: 7.1mm. More
You just won't be able to help falling in love with these glorious drop earrings. Succulent Round Cut Diamonds wrap over elegant 9ct yellow gold to create an intricate ribbon. A gorgeous green Emerald graces the base. More
Lend luxury and luster to your accessories collection by adding these Claddagh style Creole earrings. Elegant Emerald gives glistening tonal colour while classy 9ct Yellow Gold is used for opulent outline. More
|A gorgeous array of elegant emeralds give a grand compliment to single cut diamond centrepiece of these cluster earrings. These are a must have in any jewellery collection. These are suitable for pierced ears only. More|
|9ct White Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring||18ct Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Three Stone Ring||9ct Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring||9ct Two Tone Gold Emerald & Diamond Ring|
Beautifully handcrafted 9 carat white gold ring with three claw set pear cut emerald gemstone on the centre accented with round brilliant cut diamonds on the shoulders in a pave setting. More
A contemporary 18 carat yellow gold three stone style ring, set with three marquise cut emerald gemstones offset with single cut white diamonds. More
Half eternity inspired design ring beautifully handcrafted polished yellow gold features five faceted oval cut green emerald gemstones in claw setting accented with single cut diamonds. More
Set in polished 9ct two tone yellow and white gold metal featuring oval cut rich green emerald gemstone in a claw setting accented with round cut diamonds. Hallmark 375 gold. More
The colour of Emeralds can vary from Blue - Green to Yellow - Green. The finest Emeralds are pure green with a high level of transparency.Sources of Emeralds
Emeralds are found in Columbia, Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Madagascar, India, Afghanistan, Russia, Norway, USA and Australia.
The finest Emeralds are found in Columbia, the most important Mine being at Coscuez. Columbian Emeralds are particularly fine as they are a lovely Emerald green that does not contain a bluish tint which many other Emeralds found elsewhere contain. Brazil also has an excellent reputation for producing fine Emeralds including extremely rare six spoke star Emeralds and cat’s eye Emeralds.