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Do You Know the Meaning Behind May’s Beautiful Birthstone?



May is when spring has finally sprung, and bright green blankets the outdoors. So, it’s only fitting the vibrant green emerald is May’s birthstone.


May birthstone history

Emeralds have been prized for their beauty since antiquity—emerald mines existed in Egypt as early as 300 BC, and these gorgeous green gems were worn as jewelry in ancient Greece and Rome. Europeans were introduced to the beauty of emeralds in the 1500s when the Spanish invaded South America, where the Incas had prized emeralds for hundreds of years. During that same period, emeralds were cherished by the Mogul emperors of India, who believed that the gems were talismans that offered the protection of the gods.


EMERALD meaning

Like many gemstones, emeralds have a multitude of meanings stemming from different cultures and beliefs. In mythology, emerald is the stone of the goddess Venus, resulting in the association of emeralds with romance. Emeralds are said to bring passion, bliss, and unconditional love! Legend has it that wearing emeralds can give you the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It has also been believed that emerald has the power to cure disease and protect against evil.



Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewelry, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatra in Rome (lover Richard Burton bought it for her at Bulgari). Around the same time, glamorous first lady Jackie Kennedy wore an emerald and diamond engagement ring. And an emerald engagement ring was at the center of the twentieth century’s most legendary love story, when in 1936 King Edward VIII of England proposed to his divorced American love Wallis Simpson with a nineteen carat emerald ring engraved with the message “We are ours now.” The ensuing scandal caused him to abdicate the throne, making the couple the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Today, Angelina Jolie may be emeralds’ most famous advocate. She frequently wears these gorgeous green gems on the red carpet. Other very stylish Hollywood stars, including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde wear gorgeous emerald engagement rings.



Only use mild soap and warm water to clean emeralds, and not techniques involving steam, chemicals or high heat, because they can cause the gem to fracture. Emeralds are generally treated with cedar oil to minimize the appearance of their inclusions. When done right, this does not affect the way light interacts with the gem or change its color in any way.

If you are a May birthday girl, are shopping for one, or just love emeralds, you can Create Your Own Emerald Ring by selecting one of our vibrant ethical origin emeralds and pairing it with your favorite ring setting. We also carry stunning vintage emerald rings and jewelry.


Are you a May birthday girl? Do you own a favorite piece of emerald jewelry?  Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or in the comments below!



Jennifer chamberlin Says:
December 29th, 2017 at 12:34 am

I am a maygirl, may 8th 1968. I think emerald has got to be the prettiest gem of them all.

J. Ramsey Says:
December 19th, 2017 at 12:39 pm


I’m A May Birthday Girl. May 28th. I do own an Emerald Ring.

Diane Young Says:
November 27th, 2017 at 3:44 am

I was born in May and have always loved emeralds. I have nurmous rings, earnings, and necklaces. The piece that I love the most is a Jackie Kennedy’s necklace that my husband purchased for me for our honeymoon. It is just so beautiful. My hope is that one day we will be able to purchase another piece from her collection.

Anne Says:
November 23rd, 2017 at 3:20 pm

I’m a May baby from way back.
Have a beautiful emerald ring bought in the Dominican and lovely emerald earings bought for me at home

Debra Cox Says:
November 22nd, 2017 at 7:24 am

Im a May girl…May 5..
I at this time don’t own a emerald ring lost mine…been heart broken ever since. .but think it may be a great Christmas gift to myself. ?

Emma Says:
November 20th, 2017 at 4:42 pm

my birthstone is emerald.

Simone Says:
November 11th, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Best suff ever buy is it will change your life

Simone Says:
November 11th, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Best stuff

Billie Says:
November 2nd, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Loves the tory

Billie Says:
November 2nd, 2017 at 4:32 pm


Anonamous Says:
October 30th, 2017 at 11:24 pm


Anonamous Says:
October 30th, 2017 at 11:21 pm

(I get excited over random things)

Anonamous Says:
October 30th, 2017 at 11:20 pm

I’m a may baby! Trish g (whoever that is her name is next to the comment submit thing) said something on may nineth! That’s mah b-day!!!!!

Kevin OLeary Says:
September 27th, 2017 at 12:37 pm

My birthday is May 1, 1958. My parents gave me an emerald ring for my 16th birthday that I have worn every day since. I get many compliments almost daily.I cherish this ring with all my heart and soul

Marija Milotic Says:
August 27th, 2017 at 1:04 pm

I’m a May Emerald girl!
A gorgeous Spring month!
Cant wait to own a genuine emerald stone one day! I admire & love emeralds! My b-day May 24th 1954 and a Victoria Day girl feeling so regal! ?

Angelina Jaramillo Kern Says:
August 13th, 2017 at 12:56 pm

I do have a Emerald. And I love my birth stone. …Thanks for asking .
Yours truly,

Ethel Rogers Says:
August 5th, 2017 at 11:44 am

Love the Emerald . Don’t own own one yet . Birthday May 16 1944. They are beautiful!!!

Desiree Says:
July 18th, 2017 at 8:54 am

I too owned a beautiful emerald ring from a store that use to be called Jessops however, it was given to me as a gift ? for, a baby shower gift. I took it in for a cleaning and they removed my stone only to replace it w a fake:( my heart was saddened. Never replaced it.

Laura mckenzie Says:
July 14th, 2017 at 7:13 pm

May 11th is my birthday and I do have emeralds in some of my jewelry including some rings. I hardly wear them. Not much of a jewelry wearer.

David Camarillo Says:
June 25th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

What about us may guys? I love emeralds too!

Dian Davies Says:
June 14th, 2017 at 10:39 am

I am a Gemini born 4 June I own an emerald ring which I treasure

Renate J Says:
June 13th, 2017 at 10:02 am

When I was born I was given a emerald ring it is so tiny that it will not even fit on my little finger. At some point I will take it and have it changed into something wearable. It has many lovely memories for me.

Susan Says:
June 10th, 2017 at 5:53 am


Susan Says:
June 10th, 2017 at 5:53 am

Sí.Amorè.Yes. Lily-flower, Name to Angelicize in month. Fan of Professor Angelina Joliet. ?

Su?an Says:
June 10th, 2017 at 5:50 am

Sí. Amorè.yes, birthstone-Lily,angelicize the month. Admiration for Angelina Joliet

Lois Belle Soler Says:
June 7th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Correction: earing’s

Lois Belle Soler Says:
June 7th, 2017 at 2:13 pm

I am a May Baby born in May 22, 1953 born in Barranquilla, Colombia SA and Emeralds has bee part of my entire life. I love them and I keep one on my finger at all times. I have ratings and also a pendant. I do own several Emerald rings.

Tava Says:
June 7th, 2017 at 10:26 am

No interest

Tava Says:
June 7th, 2017 at 10:25 am


Connie Atkinson Says:
June 5th, 2017 at 7:28 am

I myself am a May Birthday girl., and own three emerald rings and one set of emerald earrings. I love them and the will pass them on to my daughters. In my time comes so they can enjoy the beauty of an emerald. It has brought me long loving life and happiness. And hope to buy apiece to put on my 18′ chain, to show the beauty to everyone.

Denise Says:
May 26th, 2017 at 9:37 am

Yes, I own a Emeral Ring. My birthday was May 13, 1939 It is beautiful.

Michelle Says:
May 23rd, 2017 at 6:27 am

My mom & I are May emerald girls!! My mom’s fav color is emerald green, she has passed and I now am honored to wear her beautiful emerald & diamond heart pendant. Which reminds me of her love every day. ? luv ya ma !

Marcie steele Says:
May 18th, 2017 at 9:38 am

What superstitions surround emeralds

ron pino Says:
May 18th, 2017 at 7:02 am

What are the chances of winning some emerald jewelry.

Trish G Says:
May 9th, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I think because I fell in love with ‘Emerald City’ in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ I fell in love woth emeralds – even though Im a January garnet girl!

Years later I received one from my first real boyfriend as a pre-engagement ring.

We didn’t marry & I returned the ring to his mother.

In 2007 I met the perfect male for me. He was a Taurus and boasted an emerald birthstone!

He passed and I wear a beautoful lab created one in his honor.

I absolutely love emeralds and their regal’ness’ & cant wait to own a genuine emerald stone one day!

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