The May Birthstone

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.

Emerald - the May Birthstone

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.

The Emerald 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.

In the 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)

Image of the mineral Beryl
Image of the May Birthstone, the Emerald

History of the Emerald

Traditional birthstone poem for May

"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
The 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
An 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
Today, 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
The May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley which symbolises humility and sweetness. More

 

Emeralds - 10 facts
1 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
Generations 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

 

Jewellery and Gifts

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.

Emerald Rings

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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Earrings

There is a wide range of emerald earrings in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to suit your budget. Earrings

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Emerald Necklaces and Pendants

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.

and

Julybirthstone.co.uk where you can find out many interesting facts about the birthstone for July, the Ruby.

9ct 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

May Birthstone - Emerald from the mineral Beryl

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.

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