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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.

Emeralds’ Famous Fans

Cleopatra had a passion for emerald jewelry, as did Elizabeth Taylor, who acquired some legendary emeralds while filming Cleopatra in Rome (her 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.

Caring for Emeralds

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.

Final Thoughts

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!


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Comments (84)

Lola Heck Says:
August 5th, 2019 at 3:23 pm

My Birthday is, May 25th. and I am an EMERALD GAL. The most beautiful stone.

Maddux Says:
August 5th, 2019 at 11:31 am

The best

michaeljohn dillon Says:
July 9th, 2019 at 8:08 am

I bought a 16 karat Brazilian Emerald 10 years ago on my 60th birthday it has been my special ring forever I was born May 10th 1949

gerry fortes Says:
July 7th, 2019 at 1:44 pm

I love Emerald.It is my birthstone.I was born May 4th 1937. I wished all my life to own one. But the price is unreachable for fixed income……

Elizabeth Says:
July 5th, 2019 at 6:20 pm

This jewelry is like so beautiful I want to buy one but I’m so poor I wish I had the May birthstone because it’s that beautiful.

Roger L Hankins Says:
July 5th, 2019 at 9:39 am

May 11,1964 make. Emeralds are mens choice too. My brother is may 10, mother may 27 ex friend may24 co-worker may 11,1974. Go Taurus ‘ !!!

Susan,Hahn Says:
July 5th, 2019 at 8:46 am

My mother gave me an emerald ring years ago. It has two small diamonds on either side. May 29th is my birth date.

Susan Hahn Says:
July 5th, 2019 at 8:36 am

May 29 is my birthday. I have an emerald cut ring given to me by my mother. I love it and wear it proudly?

Deborah C Dennison Says:
July 2nd, 2019 at 8:32 pm

I wear a very sweet emerald and diamond ring. The diamonds are my son’s birthstone and emerald is mine. My son explained the reasoning when he gifted it to me on my 60th birthday. This precious ring will never leave my finger.

Debbie L Santana Says:
July 2nd, 2019 at 6:31 pm


Crystal Baumgartner Says:
June 24th, 2019 at 7:23 am

May 13th, TaurusQueen with the birthstone the color of money…couldn’t be more perfect. Wish i could afford more jewelry bc I’m a fanatic…

Andrea Says:
June 18th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

My birthday is on May 18 and my birthstone is emerald

Paris Says:
June 17th, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Hi everyone! My B-Day is May 19th & I love emeralds. I have a beautiful triple emerald ring flanked by diamonds & I have an emerald bracelet to match it. I just recently received a pair of emerald earrings & necklace as a gift for my B-Day… Emeralds are a woman’s best friend too;))

Glenda France Says:
June 11th, 2019 at 8:48 pm

I am a grandmother of a May granddaughter. I gave her an emerald set she can’t even wear yet. She turned 13 a few weeks ago. We took her to a jewelry store to pick out something. I asked her how often she wore green. Rarely. So I suggested she choose something in blue that she can wear with the jeans she most often wears. We got her sized, but she picked a very delicate blue topaz necklace. I tell this because I thought it was a very intelligent pick. I gave her older cousin Amethist for her 13th birthday. I plan to do it with all of my Granddaughters. They are such wonderful young women. They know I love jewelry and That I intend to spoil them.

Katherine Beverly Says:
June 10th, 2019 at 3:50 pm

May 7, 1957 My class ring has my birth stone in it. *smile*

Vera Watkins Says:
June 6th, 2019 at 6:07 am

Do you specialize in opals my birthday is 10/31/50

angela lynch Says:
June 3rd, 2019 at 7:05 pm

luv it just luv it

Linda W Says:
June 1st, 2019 at 8:50 pm

I too am an Gemini, also i love emeralds even before i knew my sign. I have 2 rings 6 pairs of earrings in emerald and diamonds.

Erin Ward Says:
May 21st, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Yes, I too am a May Birthday Girl as well. May 19th. I have 2 beautiful Emerald rings, and am working on getting a third. They are my absolute Favorite Stone.

Ingrid Panknin Says:
May 16th, 2019 at 7:39 pm

My Birthday is May 14th! I have never had an Emerald, but I love the stone!

Karen Guy Says:
May 15th, 2019 at 7:17 am

I’m a May birthday girl also, and my bday is also May 19—1944! I have always loved emeralds, and I have an (emerald-cut) emerald ring surrounded by small diamonds. It is a natural emerald, not lab created. Even though it may not be huge, I love it!
P.S. Thanks for the article on emeralds, it refreshed my memory on the hx. of the gorgeous green stone!

Maria King Says:
May 14th, 2019 at 5:07 pm

Is so beautiful

Melissa Hill Says:
April 26th, 2019 at 3:39 am

I AM A May Girl!! May 26, 1967. I share the day with my Star Sister, Songbird Stevie Nicks!! Rock on Gold Dust Woman!! I also have a few Emerald rings, but none as lovely as your exquisite jewelry. So very happy to find your site. Thank you, Brilliant Earth! …And a very happy birthday to all the other May birthdays

Melissa Hill Says:
April 26th, 2019 at 3:34 am

I AM A May Girl!! May 26, 1967. I share the day with my Star Sister, Songbird Stevie Nicks!! Rock on Gold Dust Woman!! And a very happy birthday to all the other May birthdays

Mary Says:
April 25th, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I was born June 21st (Father’s Day)
And I wish I did have an emerald cut Emerald set
I lost my only (big) sister
And her birthday was May 12 ( born the day after
Mother’s day) and each yeah is different… But again I would love an nice Emerald set to wear in her honor!!!!!

Busola Says:
July 13th, 2018 at 2:54 pm

I was looking up precious stones for an idea for my company name and I got attracted to emeralds and intituively I checked for May birthstone because I was born in May…behold, Emeralds is a Maybirthstone! I am so going for emeralds. Lol

Veronica Lara Says:
May 30th, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Love the opportunity to enjoy brilliant earth

Amanda Kirk Says:
May 22nd, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Hey guys! My b-day is May 2nd, 1959. I Love my emeralds also. I have a beautiful “mother’s day” ring my hubby, (who has now passed away after a wonderful 30yr marriage, he passed 2015) purchased for me after the birth of both our daughters.. God bless you all 🙂

Deloris Bookhardt Says:
May 20th, 2018 at 4:05 pm

What method do you recommend in cleaning emeralds with cedar oil?

Deloris Bookhardt Says:
May 20th, 2018 at 4:00 pm

I am one if the May Birthday girls you mentioned in your article.
As a child I hated my birthstone, but my Dad bought my 1st birthstone ring when I was a early teen. As I grew up I learned to appreciate the beautiful stone. Of course, by then they had become very expensive.

I now have 3 emerald rings, one with a .95 point emerald cut emerald surrounded by many diamonds. It was purchased when we lived in Hawaii (Military). My husband had it custom made after the first setting literally fell apart. Extra diamonds were also added to the new setting.

For my b-day & Mother’s day this year he purchased an emerald set for me. It includes a gorgeous emerald pendant necklace and earrings. The emeralds are all emerald cut with small diamonds at the top. I also have a wedding band style ring with many small emeralds, & a oval cut emerald surrounded by diamonds. I have 2 emerald bracelets, the 1st I purchased myself, & the 2nd was given to me several years ago by our oldest son. Both bracelets include diamonds. One is white gold & the other in yellow gold .

For my birthday & Mother’s day of this year my sweet husband of 45 years got a 3 piece set which included a necklace and earrings.
The stones in the set are all A quality with gorgeous color & clarity. They are all emerald cut with diamonds. They have a ‘A’ quality rating.
I also have 3 more pair of emerald earrings, in the 1st pair, I purchased the stones loose while on a cruise that included a stop in Mexico. I had them put in a simple mounting. The 2nd pair are very simple in a plain mounting.

The 3rd pair I received from my son & daughter-in law several years ago. They are a small hoop style with 3 emeralds & 2 diamonds on each earring.

You might say I’m pretty well set when it comes to emeralds.

I enjoyed the article about emeralds and the history behind them.

Kristy Robertson Crosslin Says:
May 20th, 2018 at 3:46 pm


Judith Says:
May 17th, 2018 at 9:06 pm

I was born January. I have one small emerald ring. I plan on getting a set. Hoping it will bring me love and luck.

Melissa Goldston Says:
May 7th, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Hey guys

Melissa Goldston Says:
May 7th, 2018 at 8:00 pm


Yvonnemarie Says:
May 7th, 2018 at 7:35 pm

Hiya! My b-date is May 21, 1950, and I have the most beautiful emerald ring ever in the world!!! I got it out of a Cracker Jack’s box as my surprise!!! And, it really looks real!!! God bless, ya’all!!!!

Sheryl Wadkins Says:
May 3rd, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Yes I’m a may birthday girl and yes I love my beautiful emerald birthstone it is so stunning

Margarita Martinez Says:
April 20th, 2018 at 2:15 pm

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April 20th, 2018 at 2:04 pm

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Margarita Martinez Says:
April 20th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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Heather Johns Says:
April 18th, 2018 at 4:09 am

I had my daughter on May 8th-Emerald. And had my son in April-Diamond….thats gonna make one BEAUTIFUL Mothers Ring!!! Can’t wait to get one one day…hurry up kids!!! lol

Janet Says:
April 16th, 2018 at 9:53 am

My birthstone is emerald and on my 50th birthday I bought myself a beautiful round emerald ring with small diamonds surrounding it. So beautiful.

Heather Forrester Says:
March 30th, 2018 at 7:56 pm

My birth date is May 19th, the date of the Royal Wedding. I own a very old Emerald Ring which I bought when I first started working, many years ago. I would LOVE a new Emerald Ring, Emeralds are a favourite for sure!

Heather Forrester Says:
March 30th, 2018 at 7:54 pm

My birth date is May 19th, the date of the Royal Wedding. I own a very old Emerald Ring which I bought when I first started working, many years ago. I would LOVE a new Emerald Ring, Emeralds are a favourite for sure!

Michele Lee Says:
March 17th, 2018 at 5:53 am

May 28th and I own two beautiful emerald rings! One of my favorite gems.

Marylou Mitchell Says:
March 11th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

My birthstone is an Emerald, I would love to have one and hopefully someday I will.
My Birthday is on May 25

Eileen Says:
February 16th, 2018 at 8:54 pm

My birthday is in February but I have always loved too ware Emeralds they make me feel good

Tania Keller Says:
February 13th, 2018 at 8:29 pm

I was born on May 4th so I am an Emerald girl…I love the stone and I love May, such a beautiful month!
I have 3 rings, and beautiful earrings, ,my next is going to be a BRAZALETE that eventually will come one of this days.

Dot Makar Says:
February 7th, 2018 at 12:52 am

My first child was born May 8,1956
And2yrs later I had two girls born May4, 1958. We all have emeralds. Mine is a pinkie and they have solitaires

Colleen Says:
January 25th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

I’m a May baby and emerald is my favorite stone had one but I have to get another ring and earrings

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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