May Birthstone Color and Flower & more May Birthday Symbols

May Birthstone Emerald

The May Birthstone is Emerald

Both the modern and the official May birthstone is the Emerald and thus the May birthstone color is green. The alternative birthstone for May is traditionally Agate, and in recent times also the green gemstone Chrysoprase.

Emerald is one of the Zodiac birthstones for Taurus (Apr 21 - May 21), and both Agate and Chrysoprase are Zodiac birthstones for the Gemini (May 22 - Jun 21) star sign.

Other birthday symbols include the birth flowers for May which are Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn.

‘Emerald’ comes from the Greek word “smaragdos” which means “green stone”, and Emeralds are associated with friendship, faithfulness and loyalty.

Besides being a meaningful May birthday gift, Emerald jewelry is also given to celebrate 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries.

Watch the short, informative videos below highlighting the history, symbolism and properties of Emeralds and Agate.

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The May Birthstone Color is 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, most valuable gems.

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl and the vivid green color comes from trace elements of chromium or vanadium. Emerald crystals form over millions of years and although they can form under different geological conditions, the combination of the necessary elements occurring in the same place is very rare, hence Emeralds are only found in a few locations.

Emeralds typically contain characteristic inclusions which can be traced back to the country and even the mine of origin. Colombia is world renown for Emeralds and is the largest single source worldwide. Other primary locations are Zambia, Brazil and Zimbabwe and more recently Ethiopia. Emeralds are usually oiled to enhance the color and appearance of the stone and sometimes to mask the inclusions.

Lab created Emeralds, also known as synthetic Emeralds, are becoming a popular choice for those that prefer ethical, responsible jewelry. Traditional mining practices can have negative impacts both environmentally and socially, so choosing lab Emeralds circumvents issues we may not even be aware of. Lab Emeralds can also be easily tracked, so the consumer knows their purchase is not having an unknown effect somewhere earlier in the supply chain - coined 'ethical sourcing'. However, bear in mind that the manufacturing process of lab gemstones also has an impact, as does any technology involving energy and water. Synthetic gems are usually clear and free of the imperfections and inclusions usually found in natural gemstones. Overall, the cost of producing gems in a controlled environment is far less than the intensive labour and heavy machinery used in the mining process and so lab Emeralds have become a far more affordable alternative.

May birthstone jewelry set with Emerald gemstones, natural or lab created, is a meaningful gift for special birthdays in May.

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Emerald Gemstone Facts and Information by Gemporia

May Birthstone Emerald Fun Trivia Quiz

Alternative May Birthstone Agate

The alternative birthstone for May is traditionally Agate, a distinctive banded stone that occurs in a variety of colors.

Agate is a type of quartz found inside hollow rocks (geodes) within volcanic rock and can vary from transparent to opaque.

The beautiful, banded patterns can form in a variety of colors and Agate slices are often used as decorative objects. Varieties that are not banded are not true agates such as Moss Agate and Sweetwater Agate, but nevertheless very similar in other respects.

There are many types of Agates such as Blue Lace Agate, Laguna Agate, Condor Agate, Fairburn Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Thunder-Egg Agate and Sagenite Agate; each with their own fascinating colors and patterns.

Agate is found on all continents but mostly comes from mines in South America.

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Alternative May Birthstone Chrysoprase

In recent times the green gemstone Chrysoprase has been added as a second alternative birthstone for May.

Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony containing small quantities of nickel and varies from beautiful apple-green to lovely deep green shades.

Historically the best quality Chrysoprase was found in Poland and the Czech Republic. However in the sixties a deposit was discovered in Queensland, Australia which has become a major source and known as Australian jade. Other locations are Germany, Russia and the USA.

The translucent, even texture and color of this gemstone makes it ideal for beads and cameos.

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May Birthday Symbols and Zodiac Signs

  • Birthstone: Emerald
  • 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

May Birthday Symbols and Signs

May Birthstone Goddess Print
Art Nouveau Print - Lady of May by Angelic Shades
depicting May's birthstone, color and flower
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May Zodiac Signs and Crystals

The two May birthday zodiac signs are Taurus and Gemini. The Taurus sign is from April 21 to May 21 and the Gemini sign from May 22 to June 21. (The start and end dates can vary by a day or so each year).

New Moon Beginnings offer Zodiac crystal sets (rough or tumbled) to enhance each sign's positive qualities and to calm negative energies.

In the Taurus crystal set - emerald, malachite, jade, rose quartz and mixed tourmaline compliment the steady, stable Taureans. Find out how these stones can help strengthen the Taurus sign characteristics.

Tigers eye, blue apatite, white howlite, agate and smoky quartz are included in the Gemini crystal set to enhance their quick-witted and expressive nature. Discover how these stones amplify the qualities of the Gemini sign.

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