Emerald

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untitledEmerald is a green variety of Beryl, a beryllium aluminium silicate material with a hexagonal (trigonal) crystal system. Its pigment is chrome and/or vanadium.

The term Emerald is derived from the Greek smaragdos, which means ‘green stone’ and in ancient times was applied to a number of other green stones. The earliest Emerald mining was thought to have been carried out in Egypt around 1300 BC.

Marie Louise Emerald and Diamond Necklace

Marie Louise Emerald and Diamond Necklace

In ancient Rome, Emerald was viewed as a symbol of fertility and was associated with the goddess Venus.  Christian legend speaks of Emeralds as the stone of resurrection.

Emerald is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience. Known as the ‘stone of successful love’, it brings domestic bliss and loyalty.  It enhances unity, unconditional love, and partnership and promotes friendship.

“His character is like an emerald—multifaceted and enhanced by inclusions.” Melika Dannese Lux

This stone ensures physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium.  It eliminates negativity and brings in positive actions. Traditionally, Emerald was said to protect from enchantment and the ploys of magicians, and to foretell the future. Emerald imparts mental clarity, strengthens memory, inspires a deep inner knowing and broadens vision.

Rough Emerald

Rough Emerald

Psychologically, Emerald gives the strength of character to overcome the misfortunes of life.  It is a stone of regeneration and recovery and can heal negative emotions.  It enhances the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Emerald is said to aid recovery after an infectious illness.  It treats sinuses, lungs, heart, spine, and muscles, and soothes the eyes.  In the past Emerald has been used as an antidote to poison. It is helpful in cases of claustrophobia and is said to alleviate the fear of aging!

Queen Victoria's Emerald and Diamond Tiara

Queen Victoria’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara

 

 

 

 

 

Zodiac: Taurus

Birthstone: May

Chakra: Heart

Sources: Columbia,India, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Brazil, Egypt, Austria.

Hardness: 7.5 – 8

Empowerment: I offer and expect fidelity in all relationships.

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