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May Birthstone: Emerald

The emerald is one of the most enchanting stones. From its stunning green hue, rich history, and timeless symbolism – everybody loves an emerald. Luckily for people born in May, the emerald is their birthstone. Read all about its colour, symbolism, and origin below.

What Colour is an Emerald?

Emeralds are the gemstone variety of the mineral beryl and owe their distinctive green colour to the presence of chromium and vanadium. Their mesmerizing hues range from light, vivid greens to deep, rich shades, often referred to as "emerald green."

This vibrant colour, associated with the lushness of nature, exudes an aura of freshness and vitality, making it a perennial favourite among gemstone enthusiasts.

Emerald stone set in a silver ring

What does the Emerald symbolize?

Throughout history, emeralds have been revered for their symbolism and associations. They have been linked to various mythologies, cultures, and beliefs. In ancient times, emeralds were believed to possess mystical powers, including the ability to grant foresight, promote healing, and bring prosperity.

They were considered a symbol of rebirth, love, and wisdom. Even today, emeralds continue to embody these qualities, making them cherished symbols of elegance, renewal, and inner harmony.

Emerald stone set in a gold ring

Emerald Origin:

The earliest known emerald mines were in ancient Egypt, where the gemstone was highly valued by royalty and nobility. Cleopatra, the renowned queen of Egypt, was particularly fond of emeralds and used them as symbols of her power and status.

The allure of emeralds also captivated the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, where they were associated with goddesses of love and fertility. The Emerald is now mined in a large number of Countries.

Emerald set in a gold ring.


If you would like to mark your own or a loved one’s May birthday, take a closer look at our Honey Honey Stack Ring or Oh Honey Studs both available in Emerald or reach out to us via email to create a custom emerald piece.

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