emerald jewellery

Dazzling emerald birthstone jewellery for May

29 Apr 2024 | |By Luxury London

Coveted for their depth and clarity, these are the emerald jewels guaranteed to impress this month

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Emitting a deep, flattering dark-green hue, emeralds work for almost all skin tones. They look equally good when set in gold, platinum or silver, and pair well with a range of other precious and semi-precious stones. It’s little wonder that the stone is said to have been a favourite of Cleopatra, or that the Ancient Romans dedicated emeralds to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

Happily for those celebrating birthdays this month, emeralds are also the birthstone of May, and are said to symbolise wisdom, growth and patience. If you’re still searching for the perfect birthday present, read on for our guide to the best emerald birthstone jewellery to gift in May.

Octavia Elizabeth Gabby emerald hoop earrings

LA-based fine jeweller Octavia Elizabeth is a master at the art of gem-setting and these spectacular drop earrings, featuring a total 1.6 carats of vivid emeralds, are the perfect showcase. Suspended from sustainable recycled gold, they’re a lesson in why, when it comes to exceptional stones, sometimes less is more.

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GFG Jewellery x Gemfields Laura necklace

British jewellery house GFG works with Gemfields to ensure each of its stones are unrivalled in both quality and provenance, with an ethical supply chain guaranteed. This solar-inspired necklace puts a modern twist on classic Art Deco style and features 5.85 carats of responsibly-sourced Zambian emeralds. Created in honour of Gemfields’ Walk for Giants campaign, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to help protect elephant habitats in Kenya.

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Pragnell vintage Art Deco emerald ring

If you’re looking to splash out on a truly impressive birthday gift, may we point you in the direction of Pragnell and its inimitable range of flawless emerald jewellery. The collection runs the gamut from diamond-encrusted vintage pieces to dramatic designs starring featuring show-stopping stones. For something a little more wearable, this emerald ring featuring a platinum band and halo of diamonds is an ideal choice.

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Harry Winston Cathedral emerald and diamond necklace

Boasting a huge 65.63 carats of Columbian emeralds and no fewer than 122 baguette, marquise and pear-shaped diamonds weighing in at 46.83 carats, this show-stopping Cathedral necklace by Harry Winston is the, ahem, jewel in the crown of this list. It’s for sale strictly by appointment only but just look at it – did you really expect anything else?

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Suzanne Kalan emerald tennis bracelet

Featuring the designer’s signature symmetry,  Suzanne Kalan’s bracelet is laid with vibrant 1.65-carat baguette-cut emeralds set in 18 karat gold. The polished bracelet is a great way to add some colour to your all white tennis clothing or for everyday wear.

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Anita Ko Snake hoop earrings

If you’re buying for a woman who prefers her jewellery a little less formal, Anita Ko’s unique designs make for beautiful everyday adornments. The Los Angeles-based designer celebrates the beauty of growth and transformation with with these snake shaped small hoop earrings. Crafted with 18 karat gold, the snake heads dotted with emeralds and diamonds are a great everyday addition to your jewellery roster.


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Kojis emerald stud earrings

British firm Kojis specialises in sourcing unique antique jewellery – spanning from antiquity through to pieces from the 18th and 19th century – meaning raiding its collection is a little like unearthing a treasure trove of jewels left behind by a supremely stylish grandmother. These minimalist emerald stud earrings are set in platinum and provide a sophisticated punctuation point to colourful spring outfits.

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Seb Brown emerald signet ring

Lab-grown diamonds aren’t the only ethical and sustainable innovation to have come out of the jewellery industry in recent years. Similar to their crystalline counterparts, hydrothermal emeralds are synthetically grown but virtually indistinguishable from their natural siblings. Australian jeweller Seb Brown’s modern signet ring places a baguette-cut hydrothermal emerald on sterling silver for a pop of colour.

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Ananya Chakra multi-stone earrings

‘Ananya’ means unique in Hindi. Designer Ananya Malhotra fuses her Indian heritage with influences from varied cultures for her pieces. The Chakra earrings  feature a freshwater pearl surrounded by a halo of diamonds and emeralds, the circular alignment of the stones alluding to the harmonious flow of metaphysical energies. Show-stopping and oozing with good vibes, the earrings are a surefire hit at any event.

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Ileana Makri Pleated Flower emerald hoops

Inspired by the evil eye talisman, Ileana Makri’s sweet flower hoops set with emeralds  are ideal for the emerald jewellery fan who likes to mix up their look. Delicate and timeless, these versatile hoops are bound to become a tried and true favourite in any collection.

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