Celebrating May with the Emerald


Traditionally, May is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and though our Lancashire weather doesn’t seem to have taken this assumption into account, you can’t deny that the designated gemstone for May is fit for even the most glorious of spring weeks. We refer to no less a precious stone than the vibrant green emerald, and this beryl – a member of the same family that includes the aquamarine – is actually among the scarcest of all gems, rarely being found in ‘perfect’ form.

It goes without saying that emeralds are universally associated with the colour green, and that’s why we couldn’t settle upon a more ideal gemstone representative for this spring season. The very term ‘emerald’ actually derives from the Greek word for green – smaragdus – yet the exact hue of an emerald can still vary, ranging from a light green to a far deeper and darker shade. Because of the scarcity of high-quality emeralds, treatments to enhance clarity are fairly common, although too much heat exposure can have the opposite effect. Historically associated with rebirth, foresight, youth, fortune and even love, there are plenty of reasons to desire a piece of emerald jewellery.

Here at Banks Lyon, we pride ourselves on the breadth of choice that’s contained within our jewellery collection, and our emerald pieces take myriad forms. Here are some of our favourites.


18 Carat White and Yellow Gold 0.89 Carat Emerald and 0.27 Carat Diamond Ring

We begin with a magnificent 18 carat white and yellow gold 0.89 carat emerald and 0.27 carat diamond ring. As you’ll see, emeralds and diamonds are often combined to spectacular effect, and the white gold of the shank is a similarly popular choice where diamonds are concerned. However, it’s the square cut central emerald that steals the show, as the vintage setting is a sublime statement maker. Priced at £2,745, this ring is available for 36 monthly payments of £61 and a 20% deposit.


18 Carat White Gold 0.42 Carat Emerald and Diamond Stud Earrings

Why restrict the wearing of emeralds to just the fingers? These 18 carat white gold 0.42 carat emerald and diamond stud earrings look truly exceptional, with the sizable pear-cut emeralds surrounded by dazzling diamond collars. Fastened by a post and butterfly mechanism, they retail for £1,010, or are easily accessible on finance for 36 monthly instalments of £22.44 and a 20% deposit.


18 Carat White Gold 0.97 Carat Emerald and 0.16 Carat Diamond Earrings

Featuring a similar colour palette to our previous choice, these 18 carat white gold 0.97 carat emerald and 0.16 carat diamond earrings nevertheless go their own way by adopting a flower-themed aesthetic. The emeralds are remarkably clear, too, almost weighing in at a full carat. Yours today for £2,245, these earrings also retail for 36 monthly payments of £49.89 and a 20% deposit.


18 Carat Yellow Gold Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring

When you’re looking for an item of jewellery, never neglect second hand jewellery during your search. This 18 carat yellow gold emerald and diamond cluster ring is a great case in point, as it’s in such premier condition that you genuinely wouldn’t credit that it wasn’t pristine. An oval-cut emerald crowns the claw-set centre of the shank, and once again a selection of complementary diamonds are on hand to suggest a floral appearance; a style that’s augmented by the warm tones of yellow gold in this case. Costing £5,000, this sumptuous ring is also on offer on 12.9% finance for 36 monthly payments of £133.22 and a 20% deposit. Definitely an adornment that’s worth considering.


18 Carat Yellow Gold Emerald and Diamond Half Eternity Ring

We conclude with an 18 carat yellow gold emerald and diamond half eternity ring. Boasting the ever popular ‘true half’ setting, the depth of colour in all the stones within this ring is glorious, and we’d say it entirely justifies the £2,425 price tag. Of course, you can purchase it on 0% finance too for 36 monthly instalments of £53.89 and a 20% deposit, and don’t forget that you can visit our emerald gemstone rings page to see some more rings like it. If you’d like to celebrate this May with a new purchase, call our friendly team on 01524 38 48 58. We’ll be delighted to assist with your enquiry.