Emerald is the green variety of the beryl family and the most precious beryl gemstone. The name of this gemstone originates from the Greek word “smaragdos”, meaning green stone, and its vibrant colour can range from transparent to completely opaque. Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May, and I think its grassy green tones represent this lush month of spring perfectly. Read on, if you would like to know more about the exquisite emerald! ♡ Shiri
Emerald is the birthstone of May and represents the zodiac signs of Taurus and Cancer. A piece of jewellery set with the birthstone of the wearer is a wonderful personalized gift. Wearing the gemstone assigned to the month of your birth is said to bring you good luck.
The precious emerald is usually gifted on the 20th and 35th wedding anniversary. Gifting your loved one a beautiful piece of jewellery set with the emerald will be a delight on your special day.
The spiritual features of emerald include; love, romance, joy, truth and intelligence. The emerald is known for being the gemstone of successful love and has been said to be helpful with keeping partnerships in balance. It is an excellent gemstone for retaining a positive mindset and enjoying life, as this beautiful gemstone has been said to be able to eliminate negativity.
Emerald mining can be traced back all the way to 2000 B.C. To the ancient Egyptians, the emerald was a symbol of fertility and life, and was allegedly the favourtite gemstone of Queen Cleopatra. The emerald was brought to Europe during the 16th century, violently, when the Spanish conquested Latin America and took control of the mines, and shipped the precious stones by boatload. From this point in time, the emerald has been adored by royalty of many countries, and used to adorn intricate crowns and various pieces of extraordinary jewellery. Also celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, held this particular gemstone very dear.
The emerald is sorrounded by noumerous little tales and lores. One of them tells that placing the precious stone underneath the tongue, would provide you with the ability to foresee the future and that the emerald could as well protect against evil spells. It has also been believed that the green colour of the gemstone has a soothing effect on the eyes and could restore damaged vision.
The emerald is the green variety of the mineral, beryl, which derrives its green colour from chromium and sometimes vanadium during the creation of the stone. Just as the other beryl gemstones, emerald is categorized between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs' scale of hardness. Emeralds is mainly sourced in Columbia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Russia, Brazil, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Large and flawless emeralds are exceptionally rare, as the gemstone most often have numerous inclusions. As many inclusions can have an impact on the fragility of the gemstone, a new kind of cut was invented in order to protect the gemstone against bumps. This cut is known as the emerald cut and is also a preferred cut for many other gemstones.