Sunday’s Gem — Emerald

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

We’ve already talked about two of the “Big Three” colored gemstones — Ruby and Sapphire.

Now it’s time to move on to the other one, Emerald!

A member of the beryl family, Emerald gets its distinctive green color from small amounts of chromium or vanadium. Ranging from bluish green to yellowish green, a true Emerald must display a rich color (weak hues are relegated to the term “green beryl,” which generally doesn’t cost as much).

Be careful buying Emerald online as I’m told many sources consider any green stone to be Emerald!

The word “Emerald” is believed to come from the ancient Persian. Records indicate it was sold in Babylonian markets as early as 4000 B.C.

Today, most Emeralds are found in Colombia, Brazil, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Just look at this 11,000-carat raw emerald found in Colombia:

Thanks to Luxuo for the photo

A 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness (10 being the hardest), Emerald is considered a fragile stone because of its many inclusions. Set your Emeralds in earrings or pendants rather than rings or bracelets, unless you don’t plan to wear them regularly.

Legends abound over Emerald — the Holy Grail of King Arthur’s tales is said to have been fashioned from Emerald; Emerald was one of four stones God gave to King Solomon; and Cortez tried to bring home Emeralds taken from the Aztecs but one of his ships sank, losing the stones forever.

Ancient peoples associated Emerald with the goddess Venus and believed it boosted fertility. Rulers, including Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, were fond of Emeralds; so are celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie.

Emerald is listed in the Bible’s Book of Exodus as the fourth stone in the breastplate of the Jewish High Priest. The Emperor Nero used an eyeglass of Emerald to watch gladiators. Emerald was used as an antidote for poison and to drive away evil spirits.

Emerald is the traditional birthstone for May and the zodiac birthstone for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Libra. It’s the anniversary stone for 20 and 55 years.

Associated with the Heart Chakra, Emerald is said to bring love and loyalty, abundance, serenity, and clarity. It’s the stone of deep, mature love.

This stunning Emerald and Diamond necklace is available for $350,000 at 1st Dibs, based in New York

Aristotle wrote that owning an Emerald is beneficial for business, helps settle litigation, soothes eyesight, and helps prevent epilepsy. Used in the workplace, Emerald promotes creativity and harmony.

Feng Shui experts consider Emerald as Wood Energy (health, growth, and new beginnings) and recommend placing it in the East and Southeast areas of a home or room.

Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!

11 thoughts on “Sunday’s Gem — Emerald

  1. I adore emeralds. I once had an emerald and diamond necklace that was small in size but big in beauty. It had, shall we say, some unhappy associations, so away it went. I just tried to remember who I gave it to, and I can’t. I guess I don’t miss it much! But if I ever were to buy a gem for myself, it would be emerald, to go with my peridot and gaspeite pieces. I do love green!

    • Linda, I’m a lover of green, too, and I wish I had an emerald! I sympathize with the disposition of your necklace, but I’ve found it best to eliminate things that don’t make me happy (especially if they bring up bad memories!). I wonder if I like an emerald so much because it looks so Irish?!?

  2. My mother has a beautiful emerald cocktail ring (her birthstone) that I love. After a visit “home” sometimes it’s sadder parting than others — so I promise not to cry when I leave if she will loan me the ring for a few months. It will be like having her with me.on my finger. Works like a charm. She hates sad goodbyes. Hehehehe. I did know the gem was associated with Venus but didn’t know much about the stone’s history or that it was known for creativity and harmony. And now I do! Thank you.

    • Ooh, you’re so lucky, Katybeth! My mom’s birthstone is Opal, and I’m too afraid to get near them!! (They’re supposed to be “bad luck” for anyone not born during October, and while I don’t necessarily believe that, I’m not chancing it!). It sounds as if dear mom has a real soft spot for her favorite daughter — bet she passed that gene on to you, didn’t she? By the way, hope your millennial had a wonderful birthday!!

  3. I do love emeralds but sadly don’t own any. Good quality ones are so expensive, but absolutely gorgeous. Mind you, only $350,000 for that necklace? Maybe I should buy a couple… 😉

    • Isn’t that the truth?? I probably ought to include photos of reasonably priced stones, but golly, looking at these over-the-top specimens makes me drool, ha!

  4. Debbie, being that “green” is my favorite color, I am a HUGE fan of Emeralds!

    “Be careful buying Emerald online as I’m told many sources consider any green stone to be Emerald!”

    Yes, you’re absolutely right about that. And the same goes for Jade.

    WOW!…that photo of the woman holding the emerald is gorgeous!

    “Rulers, including Cleopatra and Alexander the Great, were fond of Emeralds; so are celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie.”

    Oh that is such a cool fact. I knew that Elizabeth Taylor had a passion for jewelry, but didn’t know that Emeralds were favorite. I read somewhere that Richard Burton used to buy her Bvlgari jewelry, which was one of her favorite jewelers.

    That necklace you shared in the second photograph is phenomenal! I love the combination of Emeralds and Diamonds. They look stunning together.

    Once again, my friend, thank you for sharing yet anther informative gemstone post. Really enjoyed it.

    Hope your weekend was GREAT!

    • Me, too, Ron! Emeralds are just so striking, especially, as you mentioned, with paired with Diamonds. Here ( you can see some of the emeralds on Hollywood’s red carpet, if you’d like to.

      Isn’t that necklace an eye-popping specimen? There’s just something special about pairing colored gemstones with diamonds. I think both look more beautiful that way.

      I didn’t realize buying Jade online can be risky, too. Thank you for pointing that out. I have a Jade ring that I never wear because the green color isn’t to my liking. I probably ought to get rid of the thing and replace it with something I like.

      Hope your Monday is going well! xo

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