Everything Emerald Because It’s May Now

As a May baby, I feel as if I’m a caretaker of emerald, a representative of the stone, somehow. And so each year, at the turn of May, I find it imperative that I blog about emerald, highlighting all of the latest jewels featuring “my” gem.

Rahaminov emerald earrings
Earrings in platinum with 15.54 cts. t.w. Colombian emeralds and 3.04 cts. t.w. carré-cut diamonds, price on request; Rahaminov
Moritz Glik emerald Kaleidoscope shaker bracelet
Bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 1.6 cts. t.w. emeralds enclosed in white sapphire Kaleidoscope shaker, price on request; Moritz Glik
Erica Courtney Emerald City necklace
Emerald City necklace in 18k yellow gold with 105.99 ct. tumbled emerald and 2.78 cts. t.w. diamonds, $60,000; Erica Courtney
The Rock Hound x Muzo emerald Molten earrings
Molten earrings in 18k recycled gold with 26.4 cts. t.w. Muzo emeralds, £5,900 ($7,714); The Rock Hound

As trusty and reliable, emerald can be counted on to stand out in more than a few new designs. Which is good, because in terms of words, I don’t have many. What can I say about emerald that hasn’t been written and rewritten countless times? We know the facts, we know the lore. We’re familiar with some of the famous versions of emerald. And still it surprises, because designers entrust it to do so and put their skills and talents behind crafting just the right venue for this stone to perform.

Omi Prive emerald and diamond ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold and platinum with 4.58 ct. sugarloaf emerald, 0.65 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, and 0.14 ct. t.w. diamonds, $39,000; Omi Privé
Alishan Dancing Emeralds earrings
Dancing Emeralds earrings in 18k yellow gold with 8.33 cts. t.w. emerald slices, 1.82 cts. t.w. moonstone, and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,905; Alishan

Personally, I’m on a bit of a green kick at the moment. I’m finding lime green and chartreuse irresistibly appealing, but I love the idea of emerald anchoring ensembles in these hues. And that’s what’s so great about having emerald as a birthstone: There are always new ways to wear it—or new things to wear it with—and it always seems to work. It’s chameleonic in that way, even though its color couldn’t really be considered neutral, so we never have to worry about it clashing with our outfits. Though, if gifted with jewels like these at our disposal, would we even care whether they matched? I think not.

Ounce Collection emerald and diamond necklace
Necklace in 18k white and yellow gold with 38.42 cts. t.w. emeralds, and 19.37 cts. t.w. round, 4.13 cts. t.w. marquise, and 3.48 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, $302,742; Ounce Collection

Some of these will be on display at JCK Las Vegas, and, since we’ll be there just in time for the end of May, I’ll get to try some on in honor of this most wonderful month. Though, again, the time of year makes no difference to the allure of this gem—emerald really is an anytime, anywhere, forever stone.

Lauren K Gemma minty emerald earrings
Gemma earrings in 18k yellow gold with 6.69 cts. t.w. emeralds and 0.29 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,425; Lauren K
Jewel Couture Aria emerald bracelet
Aria bracelet in platinum with 0.6 ct. emerald and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,990; Jewel Couture

Top: Shield ring in black rhodium–plated 18k white gold with 6.06 ct. shield-cut Colombian emerald and 2.8 cts. t.w. old mine–cut diamonds, price on request; Mindi Mond

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