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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<p>Dior à Versailles appartements de mesdames (mistresses’ apartments) arabesque ring, price upon request, only available at boutiques, <a href="http://www.dior.com/couture/en_us/jewellery/high-jewellery/dior-a-versailles/appartements-de-mesdames-arabesque-ring-11-32117" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dior.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dior.com</a> </p>
Dior

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

<p>Ray pendant, $572.00, <a href="http://bario-neal.com/jewelry/necklaces/ray-pendant" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:barioneal.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">barioneal.com</a> </p>
Bario Neal

Ray pendant, $572.00, barioneal.com

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

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

<p>Diamond evil-eye studs with emerald eyes, $2,900, <a href="https://anitako.com/products/diamond-evil-eye-studs-w-emerald-eyes" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:anitako.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">anitako.com</a> </p>
Anita Ko

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

<p>Fizzy drop-back earrings, $80, <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nadri-fizzy-drop-back-earrings/4609125?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=TURQUOISE%20%2F%20OPAL%20%2F%20GOLD" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nordstrom.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">nordstrom.com</a> </p>
Nadri

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

<p>Magnipheasant Plumage Long Earrings, $75,000, <a href="https://www.stephenwebster.com/us/jewellery/earrings/plumage-long-earrings-with-emerald-set-in-white-gold526" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:stephenwebster.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">stephenwebster.com</a> </p>
Stephen Webster

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

<p>14-karat rose gold emerald-and-diamond disc bracelet, $1,715, <a href="https://annesisteron.com/products/14kt-rose-gold-emerald-and-diamond-disc-bracelet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:annesisteron.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">annesisteron.com</a> </p>
Anne Sisteron

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

<p>18-karat gold diamond-and-emerald earring, $1,035, <a href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/855587?cm_mmc=Google-ProductSearch-US--c-_-NAP_EN_US_PLA-_-NAP_US_GS_Designers+%28Low%29--Designers-_-__aud-223446715236:pla-83331447394_AM&gclid=Cj0KEQjwrYbIBRCgnY-OluOk89EBEiQAZER58qXXTCzrGSaPTW_SQwy367JPs7II3Xkq3XADBMEgv7waAlWt8P8HAQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:net-a-porter.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">net-a-porter.com</a> </p>
Ileana Makri

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

<p>Diamonds-and-emeralds baby Chivor necklace, $4,130, <a href="http://usd.aureliebidermann.com/en/all-collections/1251-diamonds-and-emeralds-baby-chivor-necklace.html?search_query=emerald&results=30#/75-precious_metal-18k_yellow_gold/107-chain-without_chain" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aureliebidermann.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">aureliebidermann.com</a> </p>
Aurélie Bidermann

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

<p>Solitaire Emerald, price upon request, available at select Louis Vuitton stores, 866.Vuitton, <a href="http://us.louisvuitton.com/eng-us/homepage" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:louisvuitton.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">louisvuitton.com</a> </p>
Louis Vuitton

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

<p>Mismatched mixed-gemstone earrings, $269, <a href="http://www.barneys.com/product/loren-stewart-mismatched-mixed-gemstone-earrings-503415594.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:barneys.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">barneys.com</a> </p>
Loren Stewart

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

<p>“E” enamel stack square ring, $715, <a href="https://www.alisonlou.com/products/e-enamel-stack-round-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:alisonlou.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">alisonlou.com</a> </p>
Alison Lou

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

<p>Venetian quatrefoil earrings with emeralds and diamonds in 18-karat gold, $1,650, <a href="http://www.davidyurman.com/products/women/collections/venetian-quatrefoil/venetian-quatrefoil-earrings-with-diamonds-in-18k-gold-e12368d88.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:davidyurman.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">davidyurman.com</a> </p>
David Yurman

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

<p>Petite square baguette huggies, $1,450, <a href="https://www.lizziemandler.com/earrings/emerald-baguette-square-huggies" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lizziemandler.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lizziemandler.com</a> </p>
Lizzie Mandler

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

<p>Acacia set of two gold-tone bead ear cuffs, $86, <a href="https://www.theoutnet.com/en-US/Shop/Product/Rosantica/Acacia-set-of-two-gold-tone-bead-ear-cuffs/862288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:theoutnet.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">theoutnet.com</a> </p>
Rosantica

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

<p>14-karat gold birthstone hoop stud, $450, <a href="https://shahlakarimi.com/collections/birthstone-collection/products/14k-gold-birthstone-hoop-stud?variant=30527560332" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:shahlakarimi.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">shahlakarimi.com</a> </p>
Shahla Karimi

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

<p>Small square stud earrings, $38, <a href="https://www.shopbop.com/small-square-stud-earrings-kate/vp/v=1/1531387194.htm?currencyCode=USD&extid=AFFPRG_Polyvore_CPC_SB_USD&cvo_campaign=polyvore_sb_us&cvosrc=affiliate_cpc.polyvore_us.earrings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:shopbop.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">shopbop.com</a> </p>
Kate Spade

Small square stud earrings, $38, shopbop.com

<p>Emerald wire earrings in 14-karat yellow gold with 2.5mm emeralds, $395, <a href="https://zoechicco.com/products/14k-emerald-wire-earrings" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:zoechicco.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">zoechicco.com</a> </p>
Zoe Chicco

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

<p>Pendant in Pink Gold set with Diamonds & Emerald, $6,040, <a href="https://www.lesleyannjewels.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:lesleyannjewels.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">lesleyannjewels.com</a> </p>
Selim Mouzzanar

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

<p>Angelic all-around necklace, $249, <a href="https://www.swarovski.com/Web_US/en/5267091/product/Angelic_All-Around_Necklace.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:swarovski.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">swarovski.com</a> </p>
Swarovski

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

<p>14-karat yellow gold-and-emerald pavé huggies, $695, <a href="https://www.arielgordonjewelry.com/collections/earrings/products/emerald-pave-huggies" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:arielgordonjewelry.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">arielgordonjewelry.com</a> </p>
Ariel Gordon

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

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