The May birthstone, which is connected to the heart chakra, has long been thought to improve vision, bring clarity, offer protection and represent fortune. Emeralds have also been worn by royalty including Cleopatra and the final Inca ruler. They are also a red-carpet favourite of the A-list. They are, after all, a variety of the mineral beryl and get their beautiful green colour from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium, so they are really precious and one of a kind, containing tiny seams and fractures known as “Jardins”, or gardens, which makes them less robust than diamonds, and therefore an unusual choice for engagement rings. However today, emeralds have been a popular option for wedding proposals worldwide. And even for the ones not planning to get on one knee, these green gems sit perfectly in accessorising any outfit and add just the right amount of bling. From necklaces and earrings to rings and bracelets, it’s always a yes for anything emerald. Embark on a voyage to the Emerald City with pieces from Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Chopard.