May Birthstone Emeralds You Never Thought You Could Afford

Raw and cut emeralds
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We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the month of May than with a new (or vintage) piece of emerald jewelry. If you were born in May you’re probably an old hand at self-purchases and birthday gifts in your May birthstone, emerald. If you haven’t yet experienced this exquisite green gemstone, get ready to be surprised.

Although emerald is considered one of the “Big Three” colored gemstones, along with ruby and sapphire, it can be found in some remarkably affordable pieces …if you know where to look.

Here are three terrific examples available on to help get your emerald collection started.

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Emerald Cabochon Butterfly Pendant

Emerald is known as a symbol of rebirth, so it’s the perfect stone to give your jewelry wardrobe a much-needed refresh for spring. This delicate butterfly in sterling silver features a 1.41-carat oval-cut Brazilian emerald body. Measuring 24mm x 29mm, it would look dazzling at the end of a long silver chain. Offered by GemJunky for $395.

3-stone emerald ring
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Oval Emerald and Diamond 3-Stone Ring

Here’s a classic three-stone emerald ring in 14K yellow gold. We think it would make a lovely right-hand ring or a striking wedding band. Each emerald measures 5×3 mm for a total weight of 0.63 carats. The diamonds weigh a total of 0.05 carats. Offered by Harbor Diamonds for $540.

emerald and diamond frog brooch set in gold and silver
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1970s Emerald and Diamond 2-Color Frog Brooch

This adorable two-tone frog brooch is crafted in solid 14K yellow gold with bright green cabochon emeralds for its eyes (0.10 carats total weight). The frog’s back features round diamonds, all bezel set (0.05 carats total weight, H color, I1 clarity). The torso is a silver-toned color.

Stamped with the hallmark “14K 585” on the back, the delightful frog is a terrific example of vintage animal jewels from the ‘70s. Offered by the Verma Group for $500.

Jewelry care tip for emeralds


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