May’s Birthstone – All about the Emerald gemstone | Meaning, Colour & Benefits

If you were born in May, you’re lucky enough to have arguably one of the most desired and well-known gemstones as your birthstone – the Emerald!

Keep reading to discover the meaning, colour & benefits behind this beautiful birthstone.


Emerald is famous for its distinctive green colour. There are other green gems, like tourmaline and peridot, but emerald is the one that’s always associated with the lushest landscapes and the richest greens. 

The most popular emerald May stones are bluish or pure deep green. with an evenly distributed colour that doesn’t exhibit an overly dark tone are considered the highest quality. Moreover, the May gemstone colour varies from place to place. The mines and countries from where these stones are dug impact the May gemstone colour. For instance, Colombia May gemstones are of pure intense green colour while those dug from Zambia have a blueish tinged green colour. 


The first known emeralds emerged from the mines of ancient Egypt. Estimates of the earliest emerald mining came from about 3500 to 330 BC. Cleopatra was known to have a passion for emeralds and used them in her royal adornments. She used to display her wealth and power by gifting this May stone to foreign dignitaries.

Ancient civilizations attributed all kinds of magical qualities to emeralds. Some people believed its green colour represented fertility and rebirth. Others believed you could see the future by holding an emerald under your tongue. Still, others thought wearing one would strengthen your memory, make you more eloquent, help you avoid evil spells, and reveal the truth of your lover’s statements. Emeralds were also used as antidotes for poisons and to prevent epilepsy in children.

Healing properties & benefits

The Emerald is known to possess a lot of benefits including a heightened intuition and better vision which awakens our internal capacity to foretell events of the future and reveal its hidden meaning.

The Emerald Crystal is a stone of inspiration and eternal patience which means that it promotes friendship and equality among partners and is famous for providing contentment and loyalty. As a stone of wisdom, it is also thought to enhance memory and increase mental clarity.

Other benefits are believed to include: Helping the wearer see things clearly and logically, Boosting confidence, creativity & compassion and enhancing loyalty & unconditional love.

Want to learn more on gemstones? Check out our ultimate guide.


Looking to design a bespoke piece of Emerald fine jewellery or want to find out more about your birthstones? Chat to one of our experts to learn the meaning behind your birthday month’s gemstone or to begin the design process!


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