All About Emerald: May's Birthstone

All About Emerald: May's Birthstone

Emeralds are one of the four famous precious gemstones and have been admired for their beauty, rarity, and bright green color for millennia. As we begin to see less April showers, and more May flowers we thought we’d shine some light on some of the things that make May’s birthstone so unique!

Emeralds Around the World

Emeralds are a green to blue green variety of the mineral beryl. They are usually clouded by many inclusions, making “fine” emeralds rarer and more expensive than diamonds!


Emeralds are the 55th wedding anniversary gift. Suitable that such a rare gemstone as emerald is used for this event, since a marriage that lasts 55 years is also a rare find.

Ancient Emerald

Egypt was the earliest known location for emerald mining, not far from the Red Sea. Cleopatra later claimed this mine as her own, taking it from the Greeks because she was infatuated by the color of the gemstone. In ancient times emeralds were sacred symbols of fertility and rebirth. It is reported that Cleopatra adorned herself and her palace with emeralds, as well as gifted them to foreign dignitaries.

Emeralds at Design House

Emeralds are eye-catching gemstones that look amazing framed in both white and yellow gold. We love this emerald crossover ring for its edgy yet elegant charm. See our full collection of emerald beauties here.

Come see all of our emerald beauties in person at 319 S. 4th St., B100, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, or shop online at

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