The May birthstone is Emerald. Emeralds are known for their vivid green color, which is fitting for May when spring is in full swing. Its name comes from the Greek word smaragdus, which means green stone.

Emerald meaning

Emeralds symbolize love and abundance. They were first mined in Egypt, where they symbolized fertility and rebirth, and were used to treat eye diseases. Cleopatra was known for adorning herself with emeralds.

Emeralds are also associated with Venus, goddess of love and beauty. Ancient Greeks believed that emeralds would protect them from unfaithfulness, and thought the stone would always shine green as long as their partners were faithful.

These gems are tied to the heart chakra. They are believed to help open your heart and draw love into your life, both romantic and platonic.

Like diamonds, emeralds are great birthday gifts to give to someone if you want to remind them how much you love them.

May zodiac signs: Taurus and Gemini

The May zodiac signs are Taurus (April 20 – May 20) and Gemini (May 21 – June 20). The symbol for Taurus is a bull and the symbol for Gemini is twins.

Taurus traits

Taurus are practical and reliable people They’re the type of people that you can trust to follow through if they give you their word, and will not give up on a task until it is complete. They enjoy being surrounded by love and beauty. Though they can be stubborn at times, they are very dependable.

If you’re looking for a birthday gift for a Taurus, remember that they love beautiful, but also practical, things. Treat them to a luxurious candle or a relaxing spa day.

Gemini traits

Twins represent the Gemini because there are two sides to Geminis. They can be both sociable and outgoing and serious and thoughtful. They are great communicators and adaptive, curious people, but can also be indecisive and noncommittal.

Books or a magazine subscription may be a fitting birthday gift for a Gemini, as they love to read. Gemini’s also like to stay on top of the trends and they tend to get bored easily, so taking them to something new and exciting like a new museum exhibit or up-and-coming restaurant would also be an appreciated gift.  

May birth flower

The May birth flower is the lily of the valley. Its scientific name Majalis means “belonging to May,” which makes it especially fitting to be the birthday flower for May.

Lily of the Valley meaning

Lily of the valley flowers are commonly found in white, which is why they’re associated with traits like motherhood and sweetness. They also symbolize “a return to happiness.” It is a common flower used around Easter and at weddings.

May fun facts

May if the last full month of spring, but did you know:

  • The Empire State Building first opened on May 1, 1931.
  • Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Cinco De Mayo are celebrated in May.
  • May is believed to be named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility.

Famous birthdays in May

  • Dwayne Johnson, actor – May 2
  • David Beckham, athlete – May 2
  • Audrey Hepburn, actress – May 4
  • Adele, singer-songwriter – May 5
  • Sigmund Freud, psychiatrist – May 6
  • Robert Pattinson, actor – May 13
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook – May 14
  • Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter – May 24

For the May birthday girl, birthday jewelry is always a welcome gift! If you prefer to purchase gifts based on zodiac signs remember, Taurus value beautiful, but practical gifts and Gemini enjoy trendy gifts and new reading material.


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