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A Jewelry Lover’s Guide to Emeralds

With its memorable deep green hue and captivating gleam, May’s ultra-rare birthstone demands to be noticed.

Two-tone gold and silver emerald ring from Natural Rock Shop
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Throughout history, emeralds have been believed by various cultures to harness the power of nature, revive passion, enhance intuition, and even uncover lies. One undeniable truth? These glittering green stones—which are famously even rarer than diamonds—are deeply enchanting. Those born in May might have a unique claim on the emerald (it is, after all, their official birthstone), but if you ask us, this head-turning gem makes an enviable addition to any well-rounded jewelry collection. Read on to discover five spectacular emerald options.


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Emerald’s signature green hue is as close to a universally flattering shade as it gets—just ask A-listers like Zoë Kravitz, Saoirse Ronan, and Kendall Jenner, all of whom have sported emerald earrings on recent red carpets. Follow suit with these chic gold hoops, crafted from recycled metal and studded with a row of one-of-a-kind raw stones. Whether you’re prepping for your own black-tie moment or adding some flair to a more casual ensemble, these beauties are sure to land you on the best-dressed list.


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Wearing emeralds has a way of making you feel like modern-day royalty, and so it should, considering Cleopatra, Queen Victoria, and Princess Diana were among its most regal fans. To create your own look that's anything but commonplace, opt for something bespoke, like this customizable emerald necklace fitted with three shining stones. The dainty chain is available in 14K white or yellow gold, and can be tailored to any length for a singular finish that's yours alone.


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In 1953, J.F.K. proposed to Jackie O. with an Art Deco-inspired diamond-and-emerald sparkler, officially cementing the gem's wedding-worthy status. But why wait for an engagement? This elegant two-tone emerald ring is an exceptional choice for any major milestone moment. A substantial band in an artful combo of silver and gold offsets the oval, bezel-set stone, turning an everyday accessory into a showstopper deserving of a celebration.


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For millennia, emeralds have enticed nature-lovers with their verdant color that immediately evokes vast, thick forests and rolling hills. Play up that earthy appeal with a pair of raw, oversized earrings fit for a true green goddess. With a combination of uncut emeralds and sparkling pyrite, these handcrafted pieces—which can be set in either gold, rose gold, or silver posts—put a fresh spin on traditional studs.


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With its striking mix of large and small faceted gems, this delicate emerald bracelet serves 1920s vintage-style elegance that’s ripe for a revival. Crafted by hand using 14K gold-filled wire and hardware, this charming piece of arm candy boasts an adjustable chain and comes in a gift-ready jewelry box complete with a pretty ribbon.


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Rachel Mosely

Rachel Mosely is an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York

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