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Sell With a Story: May Birthstone Guide

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Thrive and grow with the lush beauty of Emeralds.

Emerald, the illustrious birthstone of May, has captivated hearts for centuries with its lush green hue and timeless allure. This precious gemstone holds a rich history and symbolism that make it a cherished option in any jewelry collection. Although it holds special significance for those born in May, Emerald is an all-around classic favorite that has experienced a recent surge in popularity. Let’s embark on a journey through the world of Emerald and discover the enchanting qualities that make it so desirable. 

The History and Meaning of Emeralds

Emerald’s rich history dates to antiquity, with its lively green captivating hearts and minds. Its name originates from the ancient Greek word smaragdus, signifying green. Pliny the Elder lauded its vibrancy in his Natural History, praising its soothing effect on the eyes. While other green gemstones exist, Emerald stands out for its association with opulence and verdant landscapes. 


The first known Emerald mines emerged in ancient Egypt, and their allure charmed figures like Cleopatra, who adorned herself with the gem. Spanish explorers further spread Emerald’s fame, trading them for precious metals in the New World. 


Endowed with legendary properties, Emerald was believed to bestow foresight, protect against evil, and cure diseases. Its association with power and eloquence in folklore as one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon only adds to its mystique. 


With Emerald’s luscious green color resembling spring’s growth and rebirth, it stands out from all gemstones as the ideal birthstone for May.

Did You Know?

Not only is Emerald the May birthstone, but it is the traditional symbol for the 35th and 55th wedding anniversaries. Emerald is also the zodiac birthstone for Aries. 

How to Care for Emeralds

Emerald, a member of the beryl species of gemstones, is prized for both its beauty and rarity. Mined primarily in countries like Colombia, Brazil, and Zambia, Emeralds require gentle care to preserve their natural brilliance. The conditions that cause Emeralds to form create subtle fractures and cavities. These inclusions — often referred to as the jardin (French for garden) — contribute to the uniqueness of every Emerald, even those of the highest quality. 


Like other beryl gemstones, Emerald has a Mohs hardness rating of 7.5–8; however, it has a toughness rating of poor to good, depending on its inclusions. This makes Emerald durable enough for daily wear but prone to fracturing should it come into abrasive contact with surfaces. It’s always best to be careful with Emerald. It is also best to avoid exposure to heat, chemicals, ultrasonic cleaners, and steam cleaners as these conditions could damage the stone. 

Gemstone Education

Want to learn more about the colorful world of gemstones? Visit Stuller’s Gemstone Information Center to see a rainbow of options along with fun facts, care tips, and helpful resources. 

Options With Emerald and Beyond

Emerald’s allure lies not only in its enthralling color but also in its versatility. From classic emerald-cut stones to intricate cabochon designs, Emerald offers an array of options for jewelry enthusiasts. Emerald pairs well with the other members of the beryl species, such as Aquamarine and Morganite. It may also be paired with diamonds, Rubies, or Sapphires for an opulent, one-of-a-kind piece. 

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Choosing Emerald Jewelry

As you assist customers in selecting Emerald jewelry, consider the significance of this gemstone as a symbol of love, wisdom, and renewal. Encourage them to explore various settings — such as timeless solitaire rings and elaborate pendant necklaces — to find the perfect expression of their style. 


When selling its visual appeal, consider lighting and metal pairing. Of all the gemstones, Emerald shines most radiantly in the sunlight in a way that appears to glow. Paired with yellow gold, Emerald possesses unparalleled beauty and timeless elegance, making it a perfect heirloom to be gifted throughout the generations. 

Emerald: A Symbol of Renewal and Abundance

As we celebrate the birthstone of May, let us embrace the enduring beauty and symbolism of Emerald. Whether gifted as a token of affection or worn as a personal talisman, Emerald jewelry serves as a reminder of life’s abundant blessings and the promise of new beginnings. Invite your customers to discover the enchanting world of Emerald and experience the magic of this exquisite gemstone firsthand. 


Amberly Champagne

Assistant Product Manager, Gemstones

Since 2010, Amberly has been immersed in the world of gemstones at Stuller. Combining her experience with her academic backgrounds in Business Management from Louisiana State University at Eunice and gemology at GIA, she hopes to help businesses understand and utilize the rainbow of possibilities the perfect gemstone can bring.