Emerald - The May Birthstone

Emeralds are a rich green variety of beryl, and are one of the most desirable gemstones in the world.

Genuine emeralds are internally patterned with a large number of inclusions and internal flaws, which mean that no two stones are ever completely alike. Whilst it is possible to create synthetic emeralds these stones are flawless, lacking the character of true stones.


Emerald have been worked by jewellers throughout the ages, and a huge variety of cuts can be found in rings, pendants, and brooches. Often the emerald will be paired with other precious stones such as rubies and sapphires. This serves to highlight the verdant colouration, giving a point of contrast that the jeweller can use to magnify the impact of each stone.

Whilst emeralds can be cut in a variety of ways, the Emerald Cut is so named because it was created to best showcase the attributes of the emerald. The rectangular face maximises the colour of the stone, and shortened corner facets create a stronger shape, protecting the emerald against damage.


Emeralds are often paired with diamonds, which brightens the complexion of the front of the piece. Emerald and diamond trilogy rings bracket the central emerald with two identical diamonds, creating a sparkling effect that draws attention to the subtler play of green light.

Take a look at our full collection of emerald pieces here.

Interested in an emerald engagement ring for that special person in your life? Explore our antique emerald engagement rings here.

If you have any questions about the emerald jewellery which we sell feel free to get in touch on England: 0333 700 4500 or send us an email via enquiries@antiquejewellerygroup.com. Our team is always happy to help!