Emerald - May Featured Gemstone


Emerald is the birthstone for May. They are the green variety of beryl with most having inclusions (bubbles) in them. The strongest time for the powers of the emerald is said to be spring.

The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus. and was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope. and is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind, it is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom.

History

Emeralds have been among the most treasured and most valuable of all of the precious stones. An emerald of the right shade of green with few inclusions can be more valuable than a diamond.

The oldest known emerald mine is Egyptian dating ack to 3000 BCE. Emeralds were the stones favoured by the Egyptians and especially Cleopatra who adorned and rejuvenated her appearance with the most beautiful emeralds. She believed that the boundless beauty of Venus resided within them. Emeralds were as highly valued as diamonds by the Greeks and Romans and they were considered to be the colouring stone for nature, leaves and plants. The Incas and the Aztecs also revered emeralds as holy stones. In the Christian faith the emerald is a symbol of faith and hope. Emeralds were not only treasured as semi-precious in virtually all cultures but were highly valued as powerful healing stones.

Healing Properties

Beneficial for claustrophobia, mental clarity, mutual understanding, group cooperation, memory, discernment, eloquent expression, patience, osteoporosis, recovery after infectious illness, detoxification, sinuses, lungs, heart, spine, muscles, eyes, vision, rheumatism, diabetes, antidote to poisons, epilepsy, malignant conditions.
  1. Emerald chains are powerful healers in the case of pain associated with the joints and joint deformations such as gout.
  2. Emerald protects and harmonises the brain and enhances mental equilibrium. Emerald chains or pendants offer protection, provide relief and can even heal psychoses, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy and paranoia.
  3. It sharpens the senses (feeling, seeing, smelling and hearing) and controls skilled performance and balance in all movements mediated via the cerebellum.
  4. When laid on, it can heal inflammation of the nervous system, especially the spine and the spinal cord.
  5. Emerald is good against multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, muscle stiffness, facial stiffness and uncontrolled shaking which is caused by inflammations and disturbances of circulation in the nervous system and the brain.
  6. Likewise, emerald can also be used against severe, cramp-like unilateral or bilateral headaches (migraine).
  7. When worn as a chain, it activates and harmonises the functions of enzymes for the organism and also regulates the sugar level by means of insulin production in the pancreas.
  8. As a result of penetration into the thyroid gland and the parathyroid gland, disorders of metabolism and muscle cramps, above all in the region of the legs, hands and feet, as well as in the mouth, can be healed.
  9. Emerald prevents the underfunction of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and thereby also prevents brittleness of the fingernails and hair.
  10. Emerald shields the kidneys and gives protection against disease especially to the organs of digestion and metabolism.
  11. People who are inclined to cardiac infarction as a result of being overweight or who suffer from stress should certainly wear an emerald as a protective stone around the neck.
  12. When placed above the liver and the spinal cord, emerald also has mild blood-regenerating and blood-forming effects.
  13. It regulates blood pressure and gives protection against blood diseases and anaemia.

Curative and Therapeutic Effects on the Mind

  1. Emerald produces inner harmony and more balance for the wearer.
  2. It helps the wearer to achieve contentment and to enjoy life more.
  3. Known at the "Stone of Successful Love", emerald brings domestic bliss and loyalty; enhances unity, unconditional love and partnership; and promotes friendship.
  4. Emeralds strengthen the mutual relationship between children and their parents. They produce greater mutual understanding regarding wishes, needs and different attitudes to life.
  5. When worn on the neck, emeralds have conciliatory powers in friendships, partnership and the family.

Obtaining and Looking After Emerald

  1. Emeralds can be obtained as crystals, tumbled stones, hand stones, pendants and chains.
  2. Unknotted running emerald beads, olives and lentil chains mediate the purest energy.
  3. If you want to mount emerald, gold should be used, because gold additionally activates the healing powers of emerald.
  4. Emerald should be cleaned and discharged once a month under lukewarm, running water.
  5. Emeralds should only be charged for a very short period of time in the morning or evening sun.
  6. Emeralds and chains of emeralds should be discharged overnight in a dry bowl with hematite, ruby and clear crystal tumbled stones. At the same time, clear crystals and rubies bestow new energy on emerald.

Sources of Emerald

Colombia is by far the world's largest producer of emeralds, constituting 50-95% of the world production. Rare 'trapiche' emeralds are found in Colombia, distinguished by a six-pointed radial pattern made of ray-like spokes of dark carbon impurities. Zambia is the world's second largest producer. Zambian emeralds are of very high quality, being less porous and brittle than Colombian emeralds, with more even color. Emeralds are found all over the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia,Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In the US, emeralds have been found in Connecticut, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In 1997 emeralds were discovered in the Yukon.

References

  1. The Great Encyclopaedia of Healing Stones, Fragrances and Herbs, published by Methusalem, 2008.
  2. The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Judy Hall, Hamlyn, 2006.
  3. The Book of Stones Who They Are and What They Teach, Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, Heaven and Earth Publishing, 2005.
  4. http://crystal-cure.com/emerald.html
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald
  6. http://johribazaar.hubpages.com/hub/Benefits-Of-Emerald-Gemstone
  7. http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/emerald.htm