May Birthstone: Emerald

We have a lot to be thankful for in the beautiful month of May–Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and one of the most vibrant gemstones, the May birthstone Emerald! This stone is so special for its unique saturation of color, variety of meanings and history. Emeralds date back as early as 330 BC in Egypt, but are estimated to be 2.97 BILLION years old. Can you imagine discovering such a bright and vibrant stone in the desert?! Cleopatra was an avid emerald lover, so much so that she claimed ownership over all emerald mines during her reign.

The Kennedy Marquise Ring $3,030

Early on, the Egyptians believed these stones to hold the power of protection and buried their monarchs with them. Throughout history, emeralds were also believed to cure stomach problems, control epilepsy and stop bleeding. They were also thought to bring the wearer peace and serenity. (Making it the perfect gift for a new mom!)

Art Deco Vintage Diamond and Emerald Engagement Ring from Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels

The Estella Art Deco Ring $11,660

Meaning literally “green” in Greek, the May birthstone can come in a variation of hues, with the most rare being deep green-blue saturation and the most common being a lighter, vibrant green. As a form of the mineral beryl, they typically have inclusions that are able to be seen without a microscope, but this by no means takes away from their beauty and charm. We adore the galactic-like wonder these beauties can possess!

Emerald Simple Solitaire $4,730

While diamonds are typically used for traditional engagement rings, emeralds can make for the perfect alternative engagement ring for the alternative bride! They just need slightly more TLC as they are a softer mineral than diamond. (Emerald’s hardness on the Mohs scale is 7.5-8 while diamond is a 10.) We recommend cleaning with a trusted jewelry cleaner and avoiding steam or ultrasonic cleaners.

Thank you May for celebrating this gemstone with us! Although we highly suggest wearing your beautiful emeralds all year long! 😉