Emerald's Birthstone History
When the practice of wearing birthstones arose in the 16th century, both emerald and agate were associated with the month of May. In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers created the list of modern gemstones and chose emerald as the sole May birthstone. With it's bewitching green hues, the emerald birthstone makes a natural pair with the spring month.
The Spirit of Growth and Renewal
The ancient Egyptians associated the emerald with fertility and rebirth, and it also symbolizes growth and renewal today. According to lore, emeralds have the power to increase the wearer's wit and intelligence and help them speak more eloquently. Some consider the emerald to be a symbol of luck, love, truth and faithfulness.