Emerald Mays Birthstone

Emerald Mays Birthstone

Emerald birthstone

The emerald is the birthstone for May, believed to be a symbol of rebirth, bringing the owner good fortune and youthfulness.

The name emerald is from the Ancient Greek word "smaragdos" literally meaning green gem. These highly valued stones are from the beryl family.

These beautiful gemstones deep green colour are cherished by many for their elegance and sophistication. Often paired with diamonds creating stunning pieces of jewellery that add a touch of luxury to any jewellery collection.


The Symbolism and history of Emeralds

Emeralds as we said earlier are believed to represent rebirth and love, they are associated with growth, fertility, and prosperity. In ancient times cultures of Rome and Greece associated Emeralds with the goddess Venus the symbol of love and hope.

The Romans also believed in the benefits of the green colour of Emeralds having healing properties, especially for eyes in relieving stress and eye strain.

Whilst on the other side of the world the Egyptian’s believed that Emeralds were the gateway to eternal life. Cleopatra was famous for adorning herself with emerald jewellery.

In medieval Europe, emeralds were considered a symbol of wealth and power


Emerald Jewellery and royalty

Kings and queens wore emeralds as a sign of their status. Indeed, in 1542 Henry the VIII was given a beautiful emerald ring when he was crowned King of Ireland. Emeralds were often set in jewellery, such as crowns and necklaces.

Queen Elizabeth II had a large collection of Emeralds one of which was the Cambridge Emerald’s. they followed a long and chequered path in their journey to the Queen. But they were eventually bequeathed from Queen Mary to Queen Elizabeth at the time of her death.



The emerald has a long history, making it a timeless choice for jewelleryWhether worn for its beauty or symbolism, emeralds continue to captivate people around the world.A beautiful gift whether set in a necklace earrings of a ring, especially for those born in May.


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