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May Birthstone: Ethereal Emerald

by Charlotte Mostert on May 01, 2024

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” says Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Colour Institute. “It brings a sense of clarity, renewal, and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world.”

Emeralds are a symbol of rebirth and new growth - a fitting association to the season of Spring being in full bloom. These lush hues of green gems are the birthstone for May and has been beloved for millennia.

Emerald stone on a cloth

The word “Emerald” comes from the ancient Greek word for ‘green gem’, smaragdos. The Roman historian Pliny the Elder described the colour of an emerald in his Natural History as, “nothing greens greener”.

Also referred to as the “jewel of the kings,” for Egyptian pharaohs to Inca emperors have been enchanted with emeralds through the centuries. Even Cleopatra used it in her royal adornments, gave them as gifts to dignitaries, and adorned her palace with emeralds. During her reign, Cleopatra also laid claim to all the emerald mines in Egypt.

According to legend, its biggest stone — now dubbed the Atahualpa emerald — was seized from the final Inca emperor, Atahualpa, by conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The emerald and gold treasures salvaged from the sunken 17th-century Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha represent a minor portion of the colonial wealth dispatched to Spain from the New World.

 Tru-Emerald Chéri Amour Pendant

Tru-Emerald Chéri Amour Pendant


It was once believed that if one placed an emerald under your tongue, one could see the future. Others believed that it made one an eloquent speaker, or exposed lovers who made false promises.

Emerald stones

The green hue is also linked to fortune, alongside the heart chakra, further enhancing the stone's association with affection. Its connection with Venus also renders the emerald excellent for aligning with Earth energy, sensuality, and passion.

If you are looking to add some stunning emeralds to your collection - we recommend the following from our Tru-Diamonds™ catalogue.

Tru-Emerald Cincature Ring

Tru-Emerald Cincature Ring

Boldly Beautiful Tru-Emerald Earrings

Boldly Beautiful Tru-Emerald Earrings

Tru-Diamonds Emerald Inspiration Ring

Emerald Inspiration Ring


You will be able to find many more Tru-Emerald jewellery pieces on our website: https://trudiamonds.com

As we wrap up our exploration of the mesmerising world of May's birthstone, the enchanting emerald, we hope you've gained a deeper appreciation for its rich history, captivating beauty, and profound symbolism.