The name Emerald is believed to be derived from the Ancient Greek work “smaragdos” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals and simply means “green stone.”
Emerald's history begins in Egypt where they were mined in southern Cairo before 2000 B.C., and continued to be mined there until about 1200 A.D. One mine in particular was associated with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, because of her love for and use of the gem. This led to the mine being named “Cleopatra's Mine.”
Pliny, a Roman consular and writer, wrote that “nothing is more intense than the green of Emerald” and had said that “sight is refreshed and restored by gazing upon the stone.” Following this advice, the Roman emperor Nero reportedly wore Emerald sunglasses whilst watching the great gladiator matches.
In 1557 after a bloody campaign searching, the Spanish Conquistadors discovered the spectacular Muzo and Chivor mines in present day Colombia.
Emerald derives it's glorious green color from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are rarely flawless, therefore stones are often enhanced by oiling them to hide the imperfects. As well, the step cut (or emerald cut) is used to maximize the stone.
Ancient mythology teaches us that the Emerald was associated with the Mercury, who was known to be the messengers of the gods, and of travel. It thus makes perfect sense that the Emerald is commonly referred to as the Travelers Protection Stone.
A lesser known "odd" fact of the Emerald is that when subjected to heat, it will actually sweat or expel water. Ancient writings speak of this extraordinary phenomenon.
Emeralds have been prized by the ancient Babylonians and Indians, loved and honored by Cleopatra and made into stunning jewelry by the Egyptians. Emeralds were also used by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayan cultures for carving, adornment and medicine.
Astrological : Taurus and Cancer.
The birthstone for the month : May
Emerald is known as the “stone of successful love”. It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss.
Emerald is a symbol of love and good fortune. This stone is used for abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty.
Emerald enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship. Keeps partnerships in balance and can signal unfaithfulness if it changes colour.
Focusing intention and raising consciousness, Emerald brings in positive actions, eliminating negativity and enhancing the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
Emerald enhances psychic abilities, opens clairvoyance, and stimulates the use of greater mental capacity. It helps bring awareness of the unknown to conscious recognition, imparting reason and wisdom.
Emerald assists in inciting activity and focus in ones actions. It strengthens memory and imparts clarity of thought. It inspires a deep inner knowing, promoting truth and discernment.
Most effective on the Heart Chakra perhaps because Emeraldt access desires held deep within. Emerald provides inspiration and helps those in need of balance, healing, and infinite patience.
Lifts depression, helps with insomnia, knowingness of the heart and peaceful dreams. Emerald ensures physical, emotional and mental equilibrium, bringing harmony to all areas of ones life.
The pale, clear, green Emeraldss are valuable in meditative work, as well as healing. Emerald works best when combined with a Diamond or worn alone. Emerald gives wisdom from the mental plane, so that the possessor is motivated to give love and wisdom to others.
Do not wear an Emerald constantly. Emerald should only be worn when the wearer feels the need to have it near. They were used to strengthen memory, to aid in eloquence, and to reveal the truth or falsity of a lover's oaths.
Emerald crystal is the most recommended stone for breathing issues, heart health, swollen lymphnodes, blood problems, the thymus, the pancreas ( for blood sugar rebalance), labor/delivery, eyesight, the etheric field, lungs, spine and muscular system.
Excellent general healer. Emerald was considered an ancient blood detoxifier and anti-poison. Emerald has a detoxifying effect on the liver and alleviates diabetes and rheumatism.
Emerald helps strengthen the backbone and alleviates problems associated with sugar diabetes.
Emeralds are of special value to athletes, chiropractors, lecturers, marriage counselors, masseurs, optometrists, people who work in radioactive areas, and those who work in close quarters. Emerald improves psychic abilities, raises consciousness, and helps the individual attain balance. Also enhances the immune system.
Emerald aids in recovery after infectious illness, helps sinuses and soothes the eyes, improving vision.
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