Place: India, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Brazil, Egypt, Austria
Colour variations: Green
Birthstone of: Taurus, Cancer
Brief history and geological characteristics: Emerald, as morganite is a member of the Beryl group of stones. Genuine Emeralds may include inclusions, referred to by experts as jardin, a French word for garden. These inclusions can cloud the stone a bit but they are not considered flaws. They indicate that the Emerald is genuine and not lab created. The name Emerald comes from the Sanskrit word marakata, which means spring green. Many legends and stories surround this magnificent and powerful stone. The Chaldeans, a kingdom of biblical times, believed Emeralds contained Ishtar, their goddess of love and war. In the Middle East, an Emerald amulet would often be engraved with a verse from sacred religious texts. Ancient Egyptians believed the green colour of Emerald represented fertility and rebirth. They would commonly carve Emerald scarabs and place them at the heart of a mummy to make the deceased’s health flourish in the afterlife.
Spiritual and healing energy:Throughout history, Emeralds have often been associated with various goddesses of love and beauty, such as Venus. Emeralds were commonly believed to protect lovers from unfaithfulness. If the heart remained loyal, the gem would glow a beautiful green colour but it was thought that if a lover's heart went astray, the green colour would lose its lustre and rich colour. Emerald is also a stone of great vision and intuition, associated with the eyes and sight. It is believed to foretell future events and reveal truth. It is a stone of wisdom, enhancing memory and increasing mental clarity. Emerald also symbolises youth, regeneration, health, freshness and clarity.