If someone special to you has a birthday in May, you’ve likely asked, “What is the birthstone for May?” The answer is the emerald! May birthstone jewelry is a popular gift for those with May birthdays—and luckily, emeralds are one of the most popular gemstones around, so there is no shortage of jewelry featuring the stunning May birthstone.

Whether you need to learn more about the range of this May birthstone’s color or if you’re looking for a May birthstone ring to give to someone you love, Roman Malakov can help.

May Birthstone: Emerald

Emeralds are one of only a few gemstones that are considered extremely precious. The May birthstone color is a deep, rich green, reminiscent of spring and blossoming, lush gardens. Just as spring brings about revival to the earth, the emerald symbolizes renewal and rebirth. People have long believed that emeralds make people smarter, wittier, and less stressed.

When it comes to May birthstone jewelry, there is no shortage of gorgeous options that highlight the beauty of emeralds. Roman Malakov has a number of May birthstone rings, necklaces, earrings, and more that make excellent gifts for those with May birthdays. Emerald necklaces include pendant and drop styles which are commonly adorned with diamonds in addition to the emerald center stone. Emerald earrings include chandelier, dangle, and drop styles that pair beautifully with anything or stand out on their own as statement pieces.  

Although the traditional emerald cut is popular for its namesake stone, emeralds are also found in many other shapes, making them even more versatile. These shapes include oval, round, pear, and more. Many May birthstone pieces are accented with both emeralds and diamonds, making them unique, sparkling, valuable, and stunningly beautiful as a special birthday gift.

Emerald Gemstone

As you searched “What is the birthstone for May?” you may have found yourself exploring the history of emeralds and their physical attributes that make them so special. The first emeralds are thought to have been discovered almost 3 billion years ago in what is now South Africa. They are now found in various locations across the globe, including Brazil, Colombia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and parts of Africa. Cleopatra is commonly associated with emeralds, as they were her favorite gemstone. She apparently claimed an emerald mine for herself that she used to source emeralds from so that she could give them as gifts and adorn herself with them as well.

These dazzling green gemstones have long represented royalty, as many historical leaders have worn them for eons. The May birthstone color (typically a deep, rich green, but can also range from a bluish-green to the rich green) is said to be calming and full of healing powers. Emeralds are said to encourage growth, peace, balance, and fertility. 

Emeralds are between a 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning they are relatively soft compared to other gemstones. Emeralds are not considered safe for everyday wear, as they can be scratched and damaged quite easily. These May birthstones require specialized care, including avoidance of harsh chemicals, substantial changes in pressure, and high heat.

Shop Roman Malakov for May Birthstone Jewelry

If you’re shopping for jewelry that highlights the beautiful May birthstone, look no further than Roman Malakov. Our staff members are experts in helping clients pick out incredible birthstone jewelry gifts, and we would love to help you find a beautiful piece adorned with emeralds. From rings to necklaces to earrings and more, emerald jewelry is luxurious, sophisticated, and glamorous, and it will certainly be cherished for decades.

At our two NYC locations in the Diamond District and along 5th Avenue, you’ll find experienced and knowledgeable professionals who will teach you about buying emerald jewelry and help you pick out the perfect piece for yourself or for a loved one with a May birthday. All of our jewelry is beautifully handcrafted with only the finest materials and stones, and you are sure to find exclusive pieces here that you won’t see anywhere else. Contact us now to set up a shopping appointment, ask questions about our selection of May birthstone jewelry, or to inquire about our store locations and hours. We look forward to seeing you at Roman Malakov soon, and we can’t wait to help you find that perfect piece of jewelry that you’ve been searching for.