May’s birthstone is emerald – a gemstone with a vibrant green colour. First mined in the time of the pharaohs in Egypt, emeralds are now found in South America (mainly Colombia and Brazil), Zambia and Afghanistan.

High-quality emeralds are in short supply, making this one of the more rare gemstones – if not the rarest.

Emerald - May Birthstone
Emerald Ring

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May Birthstone

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