It’s hard to believe we’re already in May! The seasons are turning and the crisp autumn breeze has everyone searching for their scarves and winter coats. The arrival of May also heralds a new birthstone for the month, emerald. 

This regal colour has no equal in nature, and adds a hint of intrigue to any piece, whether gold or silver. Many May babies might be interested in showing off their birthstone, but with such a distinct, statement gem, it can be hard to know how to make it work with the rest of your look. 

To help add a sparkle to your outfit, here are a few ways to wear emerald that will make your friends green with envy. 

Making green eyes pop

If you are one of the lucky few to have this relatively rare eye colour – various estimates place purely green eyes as occurring in less than 5 per cent of the population – there’s no point in hiding it! Even Coldplay waxed lyrical about this striking trait in one of their songs. 

You can easily play up green eyes with touches of emerald in your wardrobe. For those with fair skin, deep, forest green can look especially striking, against a whole range of hair colours. 

For those with warmer or darker skin tones, brighter, verdant shades can work well, in addition to more subdued olive, or golden-green colours. If you’re not confident about going full Emerald City, you can add hints of green in your accessories, such as emerald jewellery, or even your makeup. 

While green eye shadow may seem like a rather bold, throwback to the bright shadow palettes of the early 2000s, the art of applying more vibrant coloured eye shadow has made a strong comeback in fashion circles.

Keeping the rest of your makeup look fairly neutral, pair a good quality shadow with gold-toned base and a sweep of black liquid liner for a statement look. 

Does emerald work better with gold or silver metals?

The good news with this fascinating gem is that it is highly versatile. Its characteristics change depending on the setting – whether it’s setting off a spray of bright diamonds or shining on its own. 

Gold and emerald are a classic, timeless pairing, reminiscent of heritage pieces with a regal, sophisticated touch. Silver provides a fresh take on this precious gem, adding a cool toned, bright shine to any look. 

Emerald also holds its own when these two metals are combined, or when set alongside other coloured gems, as in the Karen Walker Owl Ring, creating a mesmerising effect.