Emeralds Reign Over the Month of May

The emerald is not only an exquisite gem, it’s also the official birthstone for May. Why not celebrate the month when flowers start to bloom again with this season’s most beautiful emerald jewels in the freshest cuts and styles?

Emeralds, known for their lush green color, are thought to symbolize fortune and youth. To the Greeks, emeralds were referred to as “smaragdos,” which translates as “green gem.”

Interestingly, the first documented emerald mines date to at least 330 B.C. In fact, emeralds were highly valued in Egyptian culture, notably by Cleopatra herself, who sought the precious gem during her reign. According to legend, emeralds were believed to have mystical powers, from fortune-telling abilities to curing diseases such as cholera and malaria.

Today, emerald jewelry is considered a timeless and classic choice, consistently spotted on the red carpet by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Olivia Wilde, Miranda Kerr, and Victoria Beckham, to name a few.

Click ahead to see and shop 21 of the most exquisite emerald jewels on the market, from haute couture jeweler Dior to ethical jewelry brand Bario Neal.

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Dior

Dior à Versailles appartements de mesdames (mistresses’ apartments) arabesque ring, price upon request, only available at boutiques, dior.com

Bario Neal

Ray pendant, $572.00, barioneal.com

Bulgari

High jewelry 18-karat yellow gold with emerald and diamond earrings, price upon request. Call 1.800.BVLGARI for more information.

Anita Ko

Diamond evil-eye studs with emerald eyes, $2,900, anitako.com

Nadri

Fizzy drop-back earrings, $80, nordstrom.com

Stephen Webster

Magnipheasant Plumage Long Earrings, $75,000, stephenwebster.com

Anne Sisteron

14-karat rose gold emerald-and-diamond disc bracelet, $1,715, annesisteron.com

Ileana Makri

18-karat gold diamond-and-emerald earring, $1,035, net-a-porter.com

Aurélie Bidermann

Diamonds-and-emeralds baby Chivor necklace, $4,130, aureliebidermann.com

Louis Vuitton

Solitaire Emerald, price upon request, available at select Louis Vuitton stores, 866.Vuitton, louisvuitton.com

Loren Stewart

Mismatched mixed-gemstone earrings, $269, barneys.com

Alison Lou

“E” enamel stack square ring, $715, alisonlou.com

David Yurman

Venetian quatrefoil earrings with emeralds and diamonds in 18-karat gold, $1,650, davidyurman.com

Lizzie Mandler

Petite square baguette huggies, $1,450, lizziemandler.com

Rosantica

Acacia set of two gold-tone bead ear cuffs, $86, theoutnet.com

Shahla Karimi

14-karat gold birthstone hoop stud, $450, shahlakarimi.com

Kate Spade

Small square stud earrings, $38, shopbop.com

Zoe Chicco

Emerald wire earrings in 14-karat yellow gold with 2.5mm emeralds, $395, zoechicco.com

Selim Mouzzanar

Pendant in Pink Gold set with Diamonds & Emerald, $6,040, lesleyannjewels.com

Swarovski

Angelic all-around necklace, $249, swarovski.com

Ariel Gordon

14-karat yellow gold-and-emerald pavé huggies, $695, arielgordonjewelry.com

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