The May Birthstone Color is Green
The May Birth Flower is Lily of the Valley
The Official May Birthstone is Emerald
Alternative May birthstones are Agate & Chrysoprase
May Birthstone Color - Green
The May birthstone color of green symbolizes the renewal of life in Spring, which starts in May in the northern hemisphere. The name of the May birthstone Emerald comes from the Greek word “smaragdos” which means “green stone”. Emerald is one of the four precious gemstones and is one of the rarest and most valuable gems.
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 an alternative. Chrysoprase is a variety of chalcedony containing small quantities of nickel and varies from beautiful apple-green to lovely deep green shades.
May birthstone jewelry set with the more valuable emerald gemstone is a precious gift for special anniversaries. Otherwise birthstone jewelry set with any green gemstones or crystals will represent the green birthstone color as a meaningful gift for May birthdays.
May Birth Flowers - Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn
May has two birth flowers - Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn.
The primary May flower is Lily of the Valley is a scented woodland plant which flowers in spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The second part of the scientific name Convallaria majalis means 'belonging to / of May'. The Lily of the Valley has been used as a floral emblem in Yugoslavia, Finland and Norway.
The second May flower is the Hawthorn, a common shrub that also produces fragrant white flowers in the spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
The language of flowers introduced in Victorian times says that Hawthorn and Lily of the Valley symbolize happiness, humility and sweetness.