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.
Read more from Yahoo Style + Beauty:
Dior à Versailles appartements de mesdames (mistresses’ apartments) arabesque ring, price upon request, only available at boutiques, dior.com
Ray pendant, $572.00, barioneal.com
High jewelry 18-karat yellow gold with emerald and diamond earrings, price upon request. Call 1.800.BVLGARI for more information.
Diamond evil-eye studs with emerald eyes, $2,900, anitako.com
Fizzy drop-back earrings, $80, nordstrom.com
Magnipheasant Plumage Long Earrings, $75,000, stephenwebster.com
14-karat rose gold emerald-and-diamond disc bracelet, $1,715, annesisteron.com
18-karat gold diamond-and-emerald earring, $1,035, net-a-porter.com
Diamonds-and-emeralds baby Chivor necklace, $4,130, aureliebidermann.com
Solitaire Emerald, price upon request, available at select Louis Vuitton stores, 866.Vuitton, louisvuitton.com
Mismatched mixed-gemstone earrings, $269, barneys.com
“E” enamel stack square ring, $715, alisonlou.com
Venetian quatrefoil earrings with emeralds and diamonds in 18-karat gold, $1,650, davidyurman.com
Petite square baguette huggies, $1,450, lizziemandler.com
Acacia set of two gold-tone bead ear cuffs, $86, theoutnet.com
14-karat gold birthstone hoop stud, $450, shahlakarimi.com
Small square stud earrings, $38, shopbop.com
Emerald wire earrings in 14-karat yellow gold with 2.5mm emeralds, $395, zoechicco.com
Pendant in Pink Gold set with Diamonds & Emerald, $6,040, lesleyannjewels.com
Angelic all-around necklace, $249, swarovski.com
14-karat yellow gold-and-emerald pavé huggies, $695, arielgordonjewelry.com