In these uncertain times, one that remains steady: May’s stunning birthstone.

Emeralds have long been symbolic of the month of May, representing the lush green of new life in a romantic and stunning way. But did you know there are plenty of birthstone alternatives if you’re looking to shake up your normal routine?

Take a walk on the wild side and represent your birth month with two outstanding alternates: agate and aventurine.


Agate is a fun mineral that’s actually comprised of several different materials. As a member of the quartz family, agate is a commonly-found mineral made up of silica, chalcedony, and quartz, and comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Agate tends to develop within or on previously established rock formations, creating layers of deposits or crystal structures that gives most agate its typical banded appearance.


This unique feature makes agate instantly recognizable, and the stone makes for pretty jewelry. Swirls of blue and green make for unique and eye-catching beads, and no two beads are the same.

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Said to protect the heart, aventurine is another variety of quartz with a shimmery effect known as aventurescence. Aventurine is usually found in a green color very much like jade or pale turquoise.


This pretty green color, just like glamorous emeralds, is representative of those born in the heart of spring, when flowers, grass, and trees are blooming in full force and nature is beginning to creep back to life.

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The modern birthstone, emeralds are a beautiful choice for those who prefer to stick to the traditional. Always elegant, exceptionally timeless, emerald jewelry is a gorgeous gift for May babies.

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Until next time,

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