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Happy birthday, May babies! With spring in full swing, the landscape is beginning to fill with bright colors and seasonal delights. Flowers and lush vegetation appear out of seemingly nowhere, fed by the thirst-quenching rains of April — so it’s only fitting that rich, leafy green would be our May birthstone color.

While emerald is traditionally considered May’s birthstone, it’s a softer stone that may not hold up to regular wear over a number of years. We only carry jewelry that is worthy of our Free Lifetime Warranty because we know it will retain its beauty over the years. For this reason, we do not carry emerald jewelry at Shane Co. Instead, we offer similarly colored stones like chrome diopside and green sapphire. With our selection of green jewelry with hand-picked stones, you’ll still be able to show off your month’s birthstone color with versatile Shane Co. styles.

Want to learn more about these stunning stones? Let’s start with chrome diopside.

Chrome Diopside: A Great May Birthstone Alternative

One of the newest stones available, this green gem was first mined in 1988, though it is believed to have been discovered long before that. Contrary to popular belief, naturally occurring green gemstones are quite rare, so the discovery of chrome diopside was a monumental one. This stone is a chromium-rich variety of gemstone-quality calcium magnesium silicate and is one of the rarer forms of diopside. It owes its color, in the same way emerald does, to these traces of chromium. Upon cultivation, chrome diopside was marketed as a more affordable alternative to emerald because of its strong green color.

Formation of chrome diopside begins deep below the earth’s surface with ultra-basic igneous and metamorphic rock, which forms the crystal over thousands of years. Like many other stones, there are higher- and lower-quality cuts of this gem, with luster ranging from dull to glassy.

Did You Know?

In ancient times, some believed that chrome diopside had fallen from the tree of life during the beginning of time because of its green hue. This led some people to bury their loved ones with the stone to encourage rebirth in a new cycle of life.

Spiritual and Mystical Properties

The name “diopside” is derived from the Greek words “di” and “opsis,” meaning “two” and “vision.” This is probably where the stone earned its reputation for being a visualization stone — a crystal that increases creative vision and can even bring forth psychic abilities. It’s highly coveted for its perceived ability to help emotional and physical issues. Some of its healing properties include the ability to reduce stubbornness, alleviate aggression and enhance love and commitment.

Because of its spiritual ability to clear emotional blockage and remove inner conflicts, chrome diopside can help open your mind and strengthen your body’s healing system. These mystical properties make the green gem a much sought-after stone for healers and those looking to improve and encourage self-awareness.

Where Can I Find Chrome Diopside Jewelry For A May Birthstone Present?

Chrome Diopside Emerald Cut Yellow Gold Pendant and Matching Earrings With Diamond Details

Shane Co.’s wide selection of May birthstone jewelry includes dozens of unique birthstone pendants, rings and more. Check out all of our chrome diopside pieces here, or shop some of our more popular products, such as:

Pear-Shaped Chrome Diopside Threader Earrings in Sterling Silver: Looking for an affordable, modern gift for a May birthday? These thread-style earrings offer a sleek look, made with Shane Co.’s hand-picked, high-quality gems.

Cushion Cut Chrome Diopside Earrings: These simple green studs will highlight your May birthstone color with an elegant touch of green. Pair them with a T-shirt and jeans for a casual look and an added bit of sparkle, or dress them up as a fashionable addition to your birthday outfit.

Pear-Shaped Chrome Diopside and Round Diamond Pendant: This stylish pendant has a halo of diamonds to make it extra luxurious. You’re sure to stun with its unique pear-shaped chrome diopside center.

What about Green Sapphire?

Shane Co. carries another alternative for May birthstone babies: green sapphire. This beautiful green birthstone is one of three precious gems Shane Co. carries (the other two being diamond and ruby), making it the closest quality and an excellent alternative to emerald. Sapphire is a variety of corundum, an aluminum oxide mineral that forms in crystals and can range from transparent to opaque. With a high rating on the Mohs hardness scale, green sapphire is appropriate for a wide variety of jewelry. It’s also very durable and easy to clean, meaning you can safely wear a green sapphire ring to show off your birthstone without worrying about potential nicks or damage.

While you probably imagine sapphire as the traditional blue you see in most cases, sapphire comes in a number of different colors, depending on the presence of certain elements in its makeup. Green sapphire owes its rich color to iron, giving it a higher density than most gemstones. It can range from pale to deep green, sometimes with tints of yellow or blue. It’s also one of the rarer colors of naturally occurring sapphire. Its unique tone is the result of both yellow and blue bands, which make the gem appear green to the naked eye.

Did You Know?

Legend has it that the first person to wear sapphire was Zeus’ rival, Prometheus, who stole the gemstone from Caucasus along with fire from heaven. The idea that sapphire was a “Gem of Heaven” was also popular with the ancient Persians, who believed that cut sapphires were a chip from the pedestal that supported Earth and reflected back onto the sky.

Green Sapphire Vintage Style Pendant With Diamonds

Spiritual and Mystical Properties

Like many other gemstones, sapphire is believed to have a number of healing properties. Sapphires of all colors are considered stones of wisdom, with green sapphire in particular pointing to wisdom of fidelity, integrity, loyalty and trust. It is associated with stimulation of the heart chakra, encouraging compassion and enhancing one’s spiritual vision, as well as calming and focusing the mind. When the heart chakra is out of balance, we can begin to feel controlling effects within relationships and become quite critical of others. This green gem helps to resolve blocks and re-balance, so that we can understand our needs and emotions more clearly. Wearers of sapphire can enjoy the effects of tranquility and thoughtfulness, releasing mental tension and restoring balance within the body.

Where Can I Find May Birthstone Jewelry?

At Shane Co., we offer May birthstone jewelry made only with directly and ethically sourced stones. Our green sapphires are vibrant and carefully cut to bring out the best of these unique gems. You can find our entire selection of green sapphire jewelry here, or check out some of our individual designs below to find the right piece for your style and budget.

Round Green Sapphire and Diamond Ring: This classic three-stone ring highlights your May birthstone color with a perfectly shaped round green sapphire center stone and a diamond flanking each side.

Art Deco Green Sapphire Earrings: These vintage-style studs add a hint of Hollywood glamour to any outfit. You can even pair them with a matching pendant to get the full effect!

Round Green Sapphire and Round Diamond Infinity Bracelet: This sparkling bracelet is the ultimate May birthstone gift. With high-quality sterling silver links, 32 round diamonds and nine green sapphires, you’re sure to win at gifting if she opens this on her birthday.

Whatever you choose, Shane Co.’s selection of green gemstones and handcrafted designs will look beautiful with any skin tone and style. Shop with assistance from our noncommission, no-pressure staff at your closest Shane Co. store, or take advantage of our free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders when you shop online. Happy birthday, May!

Anna started working as Shane Co.’s SEO Copywriter in December 2018. Her role includes writing blog posts, website content and more. Since moving to Colorado from New Jersey, she enjoys true crime books and movies, cooking, and illustrating at her home in Capitol Hill.

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