The birthstone for May is all about romance, love and protection.
All three words are inextricably linked when it comes to matters of the heart.
Sail with us on an ocean of green, as we discover together, the magnificent Emerald.
For centuries the deep green Emerald has adorned the crowns of various principalities and the jewellery boxes of heiresses & celebrities. And it has also given joy to people all over the world. The Emerald has always shined when set in a piece of jewellery, whether on its own or mixed with other gemstones such as diamonds. An Emerald is sure to make any jewellery setting pop with brilliance.
Traditionally, brides have chosen the classic look of a white diamond engagement ring. In more recent years, coloured diamonds such as pinks and yellows have risen in popularity. Have a look at Mariah Carey’s gigantic pink diamond engagement ring from Nick Cannon or Carrie Underwood’s canary yellow diamond ring from Mike Fisher. Both are fabulous and unique.
As for the Emerald, ever since the late 1900’s it has also been a go-to stone in an engagement ring for those looking for something a little different. Jason Sudeikis gave Olivia Wilde a gorgeous engagement ring consisting of baguette emeralds encircling a round faceted diamond. Jackie Kennedy was given a most stunning and exceptional ring on her engagement to John F. Kennedy. This yellow gold stunner was set with a large diamond and a large Emerald, with marquise diamonds around each of the larger stones and was designed by Van Cleef & Arpels.
Emerald is the stone of protection, romance and love which makes it a great stone to gift to one’s sweetheart. It also happens to be the stone to give on a 25th or 35th anniversary.
Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor, on their engagement, a 23.46ct Emerald and Diamond Pendant Brooch by Bulgari.
Elizabeth would eventually hang this phenomenal piece from her Emerald and diamond necklace Richard Burton gifted her on their wedding day in 1964 (their first wedding), also by Bulgari. The Elizabeth Taylor December 2011 auction at Sotheby’s saw the pendant go for $6,578,500 ($280,000 per carat, a world per carat auction record for an Emerald). The necklace went on to sell for $6,130,500.