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.
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.
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.
Heart Chakra – stimulating love in its purest expression
Enhances wisdom and knowledge
In healing layouts, place over the heart, throat, or third eye chakras to facilitate clearer and purer expression of love
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.