Emeralds - May Birthstone


Emeralds – Deep Vivid Green 

Beryl with Chromium, Vanadium

Mohs - 7.5-8 Fragile - inclusions

Crystal Form & Habit – Hexagonal 

 

Make sure your emeralds are not dyed. Get your emeralds through a certified gemologists.

 

Emeralds are the green variety of beryl and its chemical description is beryllium aluminum silicate. The green color is due to chromium and or vanadium. All Emeralds have inclusions. This is how you will know the emerald is real. If there are no inclusions, ask questions about the stone. Emeralds will shatter if not treated with oil while being cut and shaped. 

 

Geographical sources – Africa, Brazil, Columbia and Russia

Rarity – rare and expensive as gem quality 




 

Myth & Legend

 

Archeological evidence suggests emeralds were being mined in ancient Egypt as early as 1500 BCE. 

In the Bible, specifically the Old Testament, book of Exodus, emerald are mentioned along with other stones as symbols of the tribes of Isreal. 

1600’s Spanish invaders reached central and south America, they discovered the wealth of the Aztec and Inca empires lay in emeralds as well as gold. 

One of the largest emeralds comes from Columbia – the Gachala Emerald 858 ct 

Gift of Harry Winston, Inc in 1969.

Emerald is the most valuable variety of the mineral beryl. Primarily green, it may also display tints of yellow or blue. Not enough green, and the stone will be classified as green beryl. Too much blue, and it will be called an aquamarine. Thus, the more pure green color the emerald displays, the more valuable it is. Its color is caused by impurity atoms of either chromium or vanadium, which are incorporated into beryl crystals as they grow. The 858ct Gachala Emerald crystal was found at the Vega de San Juan mine in Gachala, Colombia, in 1967. Rarely are emerald crystals of such size and superb color preserved; they are usually cut into gems. Harry Winston donated the Gachala Emerald to the Smithsonian in 1969.

https://geogallery.si.edu/10002797/gachala-emerald

 

 

Legends endowed the wearer with the ability to foresee the future when emerald was placed under the tongue, as well as to reveal truth and be protected against evil spells. Emerald was once also believed to cure diseases like cholera and malaria. Wearing an emerald was believed to reveal the truth or falseness of a lover’s oath as well as make one an eloquent speaker.

Legend also states that emerald was one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon. These four stones were said to have endowed the king with power over all creation.

https://www.gia.edu/emerald-history-lore

 

 

Since antiquity, emerald has been a symbol of spiritual awareness, protection, love, and wisdom. Ancient Romans and Greeks believed it to be the representative of the Goddess Venus. Hence, they perceived this gemstone as a conveyor of hope and love.

 

Give your sweetie an emerald engagement ring to prove your pure love for her/him. 

 

Physical/ Emotional

Heart Chakra – stimulating love in its purest expression

Enhances wisdom and knowledge

Healing Effects

In healing layouts, place over the heart, throat, or third eye chakras to facilitate clearer and purer expression of love

Personal Uses 

Wear as jewelry or carry a piece of opaque emerald with to bring love into your life 

 

You can us  Emeralds as a Gem remedy to assist with healing the Heart Chakra, balancing emotions and self love. 




Have a wonderful week! Stay safe! Remember to keep your heart open and aligned with the energy of LOVE! 

Auriel Grace





 

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