In this article we are going to consider one of the most beautiful stones out there. Alongside with prasiolite - the astonishing green amethyst, this is one of the most attractive
semi-precious or precious stones of green color. Emerald is known as the stone of the heart. Here we mean that Emerald is related to
the qualities of universal love and mercy, and not so much to the kind of love often seen in personal relationships. Emerald is a gemstone of the Chinese goddess Quin Yin, representing universal love and inner beauty
that is not tangible. This is a very powerful crystal, symbol of wisdom, and abundance.
Emerald stone color and structure
The characteristic live green color of this stone originates from chromium impurities built-in within its crystal structure at the positions of aluminum. In a similar way, cromium substitutes for aluminum in another gem - Ruby, where it is held responsible for the distinctive red color.
Emerald is beryllium aluminum silicate, whereas Ruby is aluminum oxide and belongs to the corundum family. Both structures are similar, but the environment around the chromium atom is much more open in Emerald (due to the presence of Si and Be atoms) versus the environment in Ruby. This change in local structure shiftes the energy levels of the impurity, enabling for slightly different transmission and absorption properties. In Emerald, the bluish-green color is the only color transmitted, while the red color is still partly emited. This, in result, gives extra quality to the color of emerald, unless some additional imperfections, like iron, are present in the crystal lattice.
The hardness of Emerald is between 7.5 and 8, which is somewhat high, comparing to the other silicate materials.
As already pointed out, emerald belongs to the beryl family. One can think of this family as constituting of quartz mixed with corundum and some extra Be added to them. In jewelry, emerald is can be very precious, especially if flawless and faceted. Usually it is faceted in 57 or 58 facets.
Emerald stone metaphysical properties
The properties of emerald stones are numerous. To this crystal people sometimes ascribe as many healing abilities as to all the other stones together. It is considered to be a type of aphrodisiac. During the 3rd century ad. people believed that emerald stone can regulate eye pressure and therefore many jewelry producers used to keep it at their working desks. Different cultures used to give it different healing powers, starting from digestive problems, up to super natural protection against demonic influences. Others used to think that is protects against poisonous creatures, that it enhances super sensible powers, psychic abilities, wisdom, ability to predict the future, etc. Especially valued used to be light green specimens which were connected to all things spiritual.
But indeed, emerald stones are exceptional due to their features which promote emotional and spiritual balance. It increases the energy level in all the bodily organs. Today, this is the most distinguished characteristic of this precious gem. It is naturally connected to the heart - anahata chakra, which alongside other functions, balances the energy flow between the upper and lower three chakras. Emerald placed on the heart area brings emotional balance. Meditation with emerald stone and rose quartz, or morganite is also very efficient and can provide excellent results.
The darker emerald crystals can be used in crystal therapy and self-healing. They help with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In these cases, use them worn around the neck. Some say, emerald can help also with Parkinson's disease, paranoia, depression, or similar conditions. It is also believed that this gemstone can cure malignant conditions, protect the heart, regulate blood pressure, prevent infections, reduce inflammations, and alleviate many other problems.
Elixir made from emerald can be used also with back problems, spine problems and problems with the bones and muscles. Gold is believed to be able to amplify the strength of emerald.
Emerald birthstones and horoscope
Emerald is associated with the constellation of Taurus, the bull. This shiny green stone is a symbol of true goodness and good luck for the bull individuals. The meaning of this stone, others say, can be seen in its being a Zodiac stone for the constellation of Cancer too. As birthstone, it corresponds to May. So, emerald stone is the May birthstone. Interestingly, it is aslo considered to be a stone of Mercury, especially in vedic astrology. The bluish specimens of emerald are considered to be linked with Venus.
Once a month put your emerald stone under running water for a couple of minutes. Since it is a very strong stone, it should be enough to hold it near ruby or quartz stones for some time to revitalize and gain new strength.
Gemology of Emerald
Step by step guide into Emerald cutting and faceting, starting from the rough mineral, via doping to polishing the finished gem:
suraj kakkar says:
I would like to buy this stone in a ring
Actually, as stones (not gemstones), emeralds need not be unaffordable. Probably they won't be too attractive, nor will they be transparent. But even when they are of gem quality, they can be found for a reasonable price. Look at this photo. Here is a couple of beautiful emeralds purchased for almost nothing.
Now, if we are talking about emerald jewelry, of course, the things get complicated (more costly!). Here is a link to a emerald ring from Amazon.com.
i want to know the things to be noticed while purchasing the emerald kindly do the needful asap............
You are probably concerned that the Emerald gem you are about to purchase might not be genuine. Sometimes other crystals
and stones, like, for example, Verdelite - green Tourmaline can be mixed up with Emerald. The best advice I can give you
is to always purchase your gemstones from a reliable source.
Hi I have been told to buy an Emerald for my young Daughter who has Epilepsy.Where is the best place to buy genuine gemstones from a reliable source. Thank you.
Hi Angela, Amazon is the first place
that comes to my mind. Whereever you buy them, search for genuine Emerald stones. Very often I see simulated-emeralds, that is, green colored cubic-zirconia stones, so make sure you avoid them when selecting your jewelry.
A nice selection of Emeralds can be found at Gemselect.com, but I have no experience with them when it comes to purchasing gemstones.
You mentioned that Emerald is the stone for the month of May...Taurus and Cancer, Being born on the cusp of Taurus into Gemini (May 24)my Birth Stone is Emerald.
Yes, the modern interpretation of birthstones says that Emerald is your Birthstone. However, there are many more different classifications and associations of gemstones with Zodiac Signs.
Therefore, this should be taken only as a very general indication. You alone can try and see if the vibrations of your individual auric field are compatible with the particular Emerald you are
about to acquire.
Thanks to everyone on this site for sharing these valuable informati on on the gem emerald. I was born in July, / Cancer. I was sugested to wear emerald.
I worry and emotional extensively with constant punishment from evil in the job area. Ok, I am trying to buy an emerald stone in the Toronto area. Please
if anyone knows where I can find a genuine emerald stone in the Toronto, Canada area pleasw fill me in. I would be very gratefull. Thanks again
Thanks for your comment, HariRam. Hopefully someone from Toronto will know the answer to your question.
Obaid Khan says:
Those who want to purchase Emerald, i would like to suggest them" Pakistani Emerald is the world's best emerald.
Buy the emerald with color tone medium to dark green that looks best.
Thanks, Obaid, for this information.
I want to know whether emerald can fight depression, sleep disorders and anxiety. And what should be the prescribed size and weight of that emaerald.
Your emerald can certainly help you alleviate some of the symptoms, provided that it is properly programmed and if you put forth your conscious efforts in the process.
People usually want to take a pill and forget about their troubles, but crystals would not work that way, or at least not in their full capacity.
I really like your site! This is really useful info! THX
Hi Joe, thanks for the comment, we appreciate it.
Hi, am a born of dec 24 and recently an astrologer asked me to wear emerald. Being capricorn as sign will this stone suit me???
Emerald is a stone that will suit every horoscope sign. Your astrologer must have had a specific reason for suggesting you to wear it, and that is OK. In our
mystical birthstones chart, however, the birthstone of capricorn is onyx.
I have recently purchased an Emerald (Brazilian) of 4.17 carat. On inspection from a gemological expert, there has been found a micro fracture of (2.3).
Please advise if I wear this stone, will it give the optimum results.
Thanks in advance.
Do not worry. It should work just fine. I know that some experts maintain that only the flawless gemstones should be used for optimum results, but our
experience tells us otherwise.
a wilk says:
We have an emerald eternity ring which we purchased about a month ago. One of the stones fell out of the channel. The jewler says that the stone is very soft and
we probably cracked it and we should not wear the ring all the tme. Is this correct?
Emerald is not that soft. It is actually somewhat harder than quartz, although not as hard as ruby or diamond. I would probably seek a second opinion.
I've heard that Emeralds are considered delicate stones in the world of precious stones, that they can break. So is it possible for them to be damaged if used
for healing purposes. For example I have an emerald ring with a cabochon cut (dome shaped) and would like to program it to bring something into my life and also
bring me peace and serenity (basically) fulfill its healing properties and protect me. Could all of those functions be so burdensome on the stone that it could cause
it to change color (like certain quartz) or even worse break? (I'm asking about the breaking because a friend told me that one of her crystals suddenly broke, perhaps due
to too many negative vibrations).
Yes, it is possible. However, it is not so straightforward to tell if it is the physical or the metaphysical domain to be held responsible. Some
precious stones, although relatively hard, have internal strains in their structure that can lead to breaking or other sorts of damage. In the end, it is
entirely up to you to decide whether to use your Emerald for healing and protection or not.
Before processing, what is the colour of emerald?
Emerald comes in all various shades of green.
Hi, I'm born on April 4th 1975 would the Emerald be suitable for me?
If you feel attracted to Emerald I would suggest that that’s the right stone for you. Otherwise, according to our mystical birthones chart, the best
spiritual stone for your Zodiac sign is Carnelian. You can read more about this association in the Mystical birthstones ebook.
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