It’s finally May, which means that the month of diamonds is behind us, and it’s time for the next birthstone to take reign: the emerald.
The radiant green stone has many myths and beliefs behind it, representing fertility and rebirth to the Ancient Egyptians and believed to contain a goddess by the Chaldeans. According to Aristotle, the gemstone could increase the owner’s presence and speaking skills, bring comfort, soothe the eyes, promote victory, and even prevent epilepsy. Talk about a multifunctional piece of jewelry that also looks majorly regal to this day.
When it comes down to it, the emerald’s deep green color is simply gorgeous and unparalleled to none in the gem family. It was a favorite of Cleopatra for a reason. And, ahem, not to knock the ladies who celebrated their birthdays last month, but a fine emerald can be two to three times more valuable than a diamond.
In honor of May birthdays, we rounded up 14 of the coolest pieces of emerald jewelry to gift the lovely Taurus and Gemini women in your life. Click through the gallery below to check out our picks. Emerald City has never shined brighter.
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Alex and Ani, Birthstone Expandable Wire Bangle, $28, available at Nordstrom.
Erica Weiner, Caged Emerald Ring, $155, available at Erica Weiner.
Jade Jagger, 24K Gold Vermeil Snake Bangle With Emerald Eyes, $580, available at Stone & Strand.
Loren Stewart, Jewel Pin & Arrowhead Stud Set, $385, available at Loren Stewart.
Materia Prima, Arcos Ring with Emerald, $830, available at Materia Prima.
Serefina, Emerald Crystal Dagger Stud Earrings, $53, available at Max & Chloe.
Jennie Kwon, Emerald Spear Necklace, $475, available at Jennie Kwon.
Finn, Single Leaf Bracelet, $975, available at Finn.