Definitive Guide to Emerald Rings (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read



Emerald rings can be stunningly beautiful pieces with a rich depth of color and a wide range of designs to suit any jewelry preferences. Understanding more about emerald rings can help you better appreciate their fashionable flair and ensure you feel confident with the ring – or rings! – you choose.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • About Emeralds
  • Durability
  • May Birthstone & Symbolism
  • Emerald Ring Styles
  • Metals
  • Caring For An Emerald Ring
  • Is An Emerald Ring Right For Me?

About Emeralds

Emeralds are the most valuable commonly green gemstone (disregarding very rare green shades of some other gems), and are one of the four precious gemstones, along with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. The green form of the mineral beryl, emeralds range from a light yellow-green to rich, deep green shades with blue or green undertones. Different colors are created by different chemical impurities in the stone’s crystalline structure.


These stones measure 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making them one of the more durable gemstones and suitable for daily wear. They can be brittle and may chip or fracture easily, however, which is why the signature “emerald cut” – a rectangle with cropped corners – was developed to safeguard their structure while maximizing the viewing depth of the stone to show off its deep, lustrous glow and internal drama.


May Birthstone & Symbolism

Emeralds are the May birthstone as well as the symbolic gemstone associated with the Zodiac sign Cancer. They are also representative of both the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries, making these gems great choices for gifts or deeply personalized pieces. Emeralds are often associated with spring and renewal due to their vibrant green color. This makes them symbols of rejuvenation, new beginnings, and the lushness of nature

When choosing emeralds, it is important not to mistake these iconic gems for other green gemstones such as peridot, tourmaline, jade, turquoise, or the green forms of diamond or sapphire. Understanding the differences between the gems will help you be certain you have a stunning emerald rather than a different type of stone.


Suzanne was amazing! I utilized the layaway service and it was a breeze. Ring made its way to Texas and was even more gorgeous in person."
 Chloe G verified buyer

Emerald Ring Styles

Emerald rings come in a stunning range of styles. Because these gemstones have been highly prized for centuries, emeralds feature in many different jewelry eras, from accents in nature-based designs for both Victorian and Edwardian pieces, to the bold and colorful geometry of the Art Deco era. Because modern emerald rings may fund terrorist activities, human rights violations, or civil wars, vintage emerald rings can be a conflict-free alternative.

Emeralds are showcased as center stones in engagement rings as well as cocktail rings, often paired with either diamonds for more sparkle or pearls for extra luster. Halo designs are particularly popular for emerald rings, as they add another layer of protection to the precious stone. Each vintage emerald ring comes with a rich history and often carries a unique story. Choosing one can be like wearing a piece of history on your finger, making it a meaningful and cherished heirloom.

These gems can also be used as side stones for diamonds or other gemstones, adding their rich, unmistakable tones to the design. This is a great way to add the symbolism of an emerald to a ring design, and emeralds are popular in mother’s rings, anniversary rings, promise rings, or toi-et-moi designs.


All types of metals can pair well with emeralds. Yellow gold adds warmer tones to the stone and works exceptionally well with pure green emeralds or those with a yellow tinge to the overall stone color. Meanwhile, white metals such as white gold, platinum, and palladium add a cool balance to emeralds and work very well with all shades of the gemstone.

The best settings for emeralds will not only keep the stone secure, but will also protect its delicate edges. Prong settings will work but should not be too high, while channel and bezel settings are even more protective to keep the edges secure and stabilized.


I've purchased two vintage rings from Suzanne over the past decade and my wife has loved both. Great service, communication and speedy delivery.”

 Lee S verified buyer

Caring for an Emerald Ring

Regardless of the ring style, emerald rings must be meticulously cared for to ensure their beauty for many years. Soaking an emerald ring in warm water with a mild degreasing soap will loosen dirt and debris, and the ring can be gently wiped with a lint-free cloth. Thorough rinsing will remove all traces of soap, and the ring can be dried with a cloth to remove water spots and permitted to air dry to be sure it is thoroughly clean.

No harsh solvents or scraping utensils – picks, brushes, etc. – should be used on emeralds, as the chance of scratching or chipping the stone is too high. Similarly, ultrasonic cleaners or high heat or steam cleaners should be avoided.


A great way to keep emerald rings looking their best is to take proactive action to protect the ring before it becomes soiled or damaged. Removing the jewelry before jarring activities such as sports or exercise, or before working with materials that could dirty the ring such as while gardening or cooking, will minimize dirt and debris that gets on the ring and could dull or obscure the stone. Regular inspections of the stone, setting, and overall ring design will catch any potential problems before the stone might be severely damaged or lost.


Choosing an Emerald Ring

Emerald rings are beautiful pieces that can quickly become a centerpiece of your jewelry style. By understanding these iconic gems, the designs that showcase them the best, and how to care for them properly, your emerald rings can be amazing accents to any outfit or occasion, making others green with envy at your fashionable flair.

Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of emerald engagement rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

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