MAY BIRTHSTONE - EMERALD


The Gemstone Emerald is the green variety of the mineral Beryl. Emerald is both the May birthstone and the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Cancer. Emerald gemstones are associated with patience, understanding, and foresight.

The wonderful green color of emerald is unparalleled in the gem kingdom. Emerald's precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Unlike other beryls, emeralds usually contain inclusions and other flaws. These flaws are not looked on as negative aspects for emerald like they would be for other gemstones. Indeed, these flaws are considered part of the character of the stone and are used to assure the purchaser of a natural stone.

Even artificial emeralds often contain flaws, however, as the process of growing artificial emeralds mimics the way nature does it (slow crystal growth from a molten mix).

Nearly all emeralds, even many "natural" stones, have been treated to improve clarity, generally by immersing them in oil. For gemstones, a green colored oil is sometimes used, "improving" the color as well. Unfortunately, this oil may evaporate over the years, making flaws appear where none were visible at the time of purchase.  A high-grade mineral oil may be used to improve the appearance again.

For natural emerald specimens, see our Emerald Specimens pages.
Emerald Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
"18k yellow Gold Emeralds Cross Pendant"
"18K yellow Gold 0.35Ct emeralds˙Cross pendant; measures 26mm W ˙˙or (1 7/10inches) x 451.8mm H ˙or (1 3/4 inches) including hook. G159.00enuan natural˙˙Emeralds."Only $439.00 at Sarraf Jewelry
no photo"18k yellow Gold Emeralds Cross Pendant"
$439.00
Sarraf Jewelry
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Emerald - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $230.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Emerald - Venus Band
$230.00
Gemvara
.10ct t.w. Emerald, .10ct t.w. Diamond Bar Necklace. 18"
A vibrant showcase of emeralds and diamonds, this bar necklace conveys dramatic elegance. A vertical row of rich emeralds totaling .10 carats is framed on either side by a row of sparkling diamonds. Rope chain, springring clasp. Sterling silver...Only $120.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo.10ct t.w. Emerald, .10ct t.w. Diamond Bar Necklace. 18"
$120.00
Ross-Simons
Round Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Peridot & Emerald - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Peridot & Emerald - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Emerald - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $215.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Peridot Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Citrine & Emerald - Venus Band
$215.00
Gemvara
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Alexandrite - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $240.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Emerald Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Amethyst & Alexandrite - Venus Band
$240.00
Gemvara
Wisteria Crystal Drop Earrings, Emerald Green - Oscar de la Renta - Green
Oscar de la RentaWisteria Crystal Drop Earrings, Emerald GreenDetailsThe playful proportions and glowing green facets of these Oscar de la Renta clip earrings make them the only accessory you need for a night out.Yellow golden pewter and brass earrings...Only $350.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoWisteria Crystal Drop Earrings, Emerald Green - Oscar de la Renta - Green
$350.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Emerald - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Red Garnet & Emerald - Venus Band
$220.00
Gemvara
Round Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Emerald - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Alexandrite Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Rock Crystal & Emerald - Venus Band
$235.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Emerald & Blue Topaz - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $195.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Emerald & Blue Topaz - Remember Forever Ring
$195.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Earrings with Emerald - Star Flower Earrings
These five petal star-shaped flower earrings add the perfect feminine note to casual or tailored outfits.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Earrings with Emerald - Star Flower Earrings
$235.00
Gemvara
Round Emerald Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Green Tourmaline & Peridot - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $230.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Emerald Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Green Tourmaline & Peridot - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$230.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Emerald - Remember Forever Ring
Two gems wrapped in a knot to remember this moment forever.Only $195.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Promise Ring with Aquamarine & Emerald - Remember Forever Ring
$195.00
Gemvara
Love Grows Lab-Created Emerald & Genuine White Topaz Bangle, Womens
Two hearts connected as one. A ribbon of white topaz joins together a lab-created emerald with a rhodium-plated, sterling silver heart, creating a bracelet as unique as your love. Metal: Rhodium-plated sterling silverStone: Lab-created emerald,...Only $124.98 at jcpenney
no photoLove Grows Lab-Created Emerald & Genuine White Topaz Bangle, Womens
$124.98
jcpenney
Lab-Created Emerald & White Sapphire Linear Earrings, Womens
Art Deco glamour comes alive in these truly stunning linear earrings. A beautiful pear-shaped lab created emerald dangles below an elongated, sterling silver teardrop adorned with sparkling lab created white sapphires. Metal: Sterling silverStones: 2...Only $208.32 at jcpenney
no photoLab-Created Emerald & White Sapphire Linear Earrings, Womens
$208.32
jcpenney
 


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