The May Birthstone is Emerald
Both the modern and the official May birthstone is the Emerald and the May birthstone color is green. The alternative birthstone for May is traditionally Agate, however in recent times the green gemstone Chrysoprase has been added as an alternative.
‘Emerald’ comes from the Greek word “smaragdos” which means “green stone”, and emeralds are associated with friendship, faithfulness and loyalty.
Emerald is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Taurus (Apr 21 - Mar 21), and both Agate and Chrysoprase are zodiac birthstones for Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21) star sign.
May Birthstone Color: Green
May's birthstone color of green symbolizes the renewal of life in Spring, which starts in May in the northern hemisphere.
The birthstone color comes from May's birthstone Emerald, one of the four precious gemstones and one of the rarest and most valuable gems. The vivid green color comes from trace elements of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are usually oiled to enhance the color and appearance of the stone.
Emeralds typically contain characteristic inclusions which can be traced back to the country and even the mine of origin. Colombia is world renown for their emeralds and is the largest single source of emeralds worldwide.
May birthstone jewelry set with the emerald gemstone is a precious gift for special anniversaries.
Alternative May Birthstones: Agate and Chrysoprase
The alternative birthstone for May is traditionally Agate, a distinctive banded stone that occurs in a variety of colors, however in recent times the green gemstone Chrysoprase has been added as a second alternative.
Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony containing small quantities of nickel and varies from beautiful apple-green to lovely deep green shades. The even texture and color of this gemstone males it ideal for beads and cameos,
Birthstone jewelry set with any green gemstones or crystals will represent the green birthstone color as a meaningful gift for May birthdays.
MAY BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS
Alternative Birthstones: Agate and Chrysoprase
Birthstone color: Green
Birth flower: Lily of the Valley
Zodiac star sign: Taurus (Apr 21 – May 21)
Zodiac star sign: Gemini (May 22 – Jun 21)
20th and 35th Wedding Anniversary: Emerald
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