The May birthstone is emerald. This beautiful green birthstone is said to symbolize joy, rebirth, and verdant life. Originally mined in ancient Egypt, the availability of very-high-quality emerald is extremely limited, which is why treatments to maintain and improve the qualities of this birthstone are often encouraged. Helzberg will always help you clean your May birthstone jewelry - or any other jewelry - if you bring it in to a store location. Find a beautiful piece of emerald birthstone jewelry above!
Birthstones are gems and other minerals that are associated with a month. This is a tradition that dates back to Biblical times, and through history it was customary to wear the stone associated with the current month during that time, then switch to the next birthstone during the next month. In addition, this was before stones could be identified as precisely as they can be today, so the identities of some of the original stones are unknown. It's only in the last century that the current list has been standard, and since then, it has been more appropriate to wear your birthstone all year 'round.
Learn more about birthstones and gemstone cleaning and care on our gemstone guide!