Emerald - Color, Facts, Power, Mythology, History and Myths

Emerald Last updated : January 18, 2020 5:09 PM

One of the most precious stones of all, Emerald holds its own significance in the world of gems and jewels. It is a variety of mineral beryl and is green in color due to the presence of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Like all the other stones, Emerald is also judged on the basis of four C’s of Connoisseurship: Color, carat weight, Cut, and Clarity. The fineness of Emerald is identified by how transparent it is and how intense is its green hue. Emerald Jewelry is sometimes treated with oil to enhance its transparency and excellence.

Emerald is signified as the stone of goddess Venus and has been thought since ages as the stone of love and hope

Emerald has been the stone that is fascinating people almost since six thousand years. It was sold in the market of Babylon almost 4000 years back. This pious green crystal was worshipped by the Incas as the people of Inca civilization used to believe that it is the abode of a goddess.

In Egypt, emerald was considered to be the stone that bestows eternal life; it was also the favourite stone of Queen Cleopatra. Some of the emerald mines that were discovered in Egypt were also named as Cleopatra’s mines.

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Where is Emerald found?

This spectacular green jewel is found in over thirty countries around the word, like Russia, India, Zambia, Brazil, Pakistan, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Somalia, etc., but the superlative Emerald stone can be acquired from Colombia and South America.

Healing Properties

The valuable and beneficial properties that Emerald offers to those who wear it with complete belief are:

  • Physical Healer

Emerald can protect a person from diseases, like gastritis, diarrhoea, dysentery, breast cancer, stomach cancer, mouth cancer, meningitis, insomnia, asthma, ulcer, amnesia, epileptic seizures, labour-pain, hypertension, nerve problem, paralysis, etc. For some of the health issues mentioned here, a combination of Emerald and some other stone is advised by the experts for better results. 

The elixir of emerald was believed to cure cardiac ailments and gas. An eye bath can also be taken from the water in which emerald crystal was soaked for overnight. This water can treat the eye infections and provides relief to the burning eyes.

This green jewel is said to improve the concentration levels of the individuals especially the children. The stone also holds the power of enhancing reasoning, intellect, memory and spirituality.

  • Emotional Healer

Emerald is basically a crystal of the heart, which makes it an outstanding emotional healer. It nourishes the aura and the emotional field thereby healing misfortunes and heartbreaks. It instils wealth, gentleness, optimism, and encouragement in the person so that he truly believes in himself and his abilities. It clears away the negative patterns of the mind and heart. The stone of recovery and regeneration, emerald brings vitality and freshness in life.

Emerald is said to spread harmony and understanding in the partners, which can lead to a successful marriage.

  • Spiritual Healer

Emerald is a stone of ambition and motivation. By opening the heart chakra, it opens and clears ways, which leads to the spiritual journey and divine love. It lets the wearer live life with ease, and always listen to the heart before taking any emotional decision. It allows the person to offer compassion and unconditional love to the relationships.

The use of this gemstone can help a person in getting rid of the evil spirits, nightmares, and curses.  It leads a person to a peaceful and harmonious life.

  • Heals and Balances Chakra

Being the chakra of the heart, emerald is believed to activate the heart chakra. One’s heart chakra is thought to be the fountain of feelings and emotions that one limits till his heart. The heart chakra is the one that facilitates the interaction of the human being with that of the world. When the heart chakra is blocked it gives the feeling of being blocked and controlled in a relationship. The energy of this amazing green crystal resolves the blockages by re-balancing the heart chakra.

Emerald also stimulates the heart chakra in this manner that it makes the wearer understanding and respect giving to others.


Emerald Facts

Some facts about Emerald

  • A perfect green Emerald can be more valuable and prized than a Diamond. 
  • Emerald is said to protect an individual from false friendship, and it apparently also changes its color when false people are around.
  • It is also considered as a beautifying agent.
  • Emerald is believed to maintain the financial stability of a person as it is assumed as a stone that has the power to hold money.
  • Emeralds are recognised as one of the four precious stones of the world.
  • Colombia has the world’s notable Emerald museum.
  • One of the largest Emeralds ever discovered is the 217.80 carats Mogul Emerald, which is about 10 cm high.
  • Emerald is the traditional birthstone for the people born in the month of May.
  • This green crystal is the zodiac stone of Cancer.
  • Emerald Jewelry is highly recommended as a gift.
  • Emerald was also used as a talisman by Aristotle, Moguls in India, and Alexander the Great.



Metaphysical Properties

The chemical name given to this wonderful stone is beryllium aluminium silicate, which is generally found in a hexagonal crystal structure.

The hardness of Emerald on Moh’s scale is in between 7.5-8.0, which is somewhat good in comparison with the other silicates.  Generally, at least 2 carat of Emerald is advised to be worn by the concerned person.

Emerald is the birthstone of the people who are born in May.  It is associated with the constellation of Taurus called the Bull.

Emerald is believed to be related to the heart chakra.

Emerald at a Glance

Cleavage Poor, in one direction
Other Names Jardin (french)
Crystal Habit Massive to well Crystalline
Streak white
Refractive Index 1.577-1.6
Diaphaneity Transparent - Translucent
Moh's scale (hardness) 7.5
Sources Russia, India, Zambia, Brazil, Pakistan, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Egypt, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Somalia, Colombia, and South America.
Chemical formula Be3Al2(SiO3)6
Lustre Vitreous
Color Light To Very Dark Green To Bluish Green, Slightly Yellowish Green
Chakra Healing Heart chakra
Birthstone May
Zodiac Cancer

Emerald Color

Emerald is found in green color, but sometimes it can also be in a bluish-green form. Emerald get its splendid green hue due to the presence of chromium compounds.

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Sarah Smith
Thanks for sharing such an informative post on emerald. Few days back someone recommended me to wear Emerald, since then I was searching for its healing and other properties but none of the website were providing all the required information at single place.

Thank you so much again :)
Reply on 17/10/14
Right Sarah...same here...I am feeling like my search for complete information related to Emerald has accomplished its destination...Thanks Jewelexi...
Reply on 31/10/14
I also have emerald ring but I don’t know the right finger to wear it? Can you please help me out?
Reply on 3/11/14
Hello Lara, as per your question we are here to give you a right answer. If you want to wear Emerald gemstone then you may wear it but it should be of 3-6 carats. You may festoon it is sterling silver or gold precious material. Wear it in a Wednesday morning. The right finger for this talisman is the “Last” finger. For the purification and to activate it you may dip it in a blend of pure water, honey and milk for about half-an-hour as most of the people believe that a charm gets purifies by this procedure. After that recall the name of your Divine and wear it so that you may get the blessing of your God and you may get benefited from it in all the fields of your life.
Reply on 15/11/14
I have heard that Emerald id usually gifted on 20th and 35th anniversary as it proves to be good for the couple. I was wondering I should buy it for my wife. Should I go for it? Please suggest as your site offer apt information.
Reply on 25/11/14
Yeah Jolly.. go for it and make your anniversary special by gifting this precious gemstone to your wife. Best of Luck and live happily ever after.
Reply on 29/11/14
Thanks for sharing such an informative post on emerald.
Reply on 8/1/15
my astrologer has recommended me emerald gemstone...i was thinking to tune it but a little bit confused...should wear pendant or ring or any other jewel piece..reply please
Reply on 31/3/15
hi Billy, I am wearing emerald pendant...it is my birthstone...i think we may wear it in any type of jewel item..it will be effective in all the ways...so you may wear any of your choice...best wishes...
Reply on 5/5/15
hey Billy, you may take the help of Mittens. Jewelexi has launched a new section, Ask Mittens where you may ask free questions about healing or any gemstone like you may ask if Emerald suits you or not. Their experts will reply you back with an apt answer. So, try this free service.
Reply on 13/6/15
stellen Tanner
Hey!!! i have a eye infection and no medicines have worked till now.. should i buy emerald stone?
Could this help me? please suggest.
Reply on 14/8/15
Hello stellen, i have been gone through many infections in my life and also this eye infection it becomes worse if not cured. you can wear emerald stone to heal this infection. I've heard it really helps :)
Reply on 4/1/16
Emerald is one of the famous stone. I like the message you have given in your article/page about this incredible stone.
Reply on 21/6/19
Incredible work and services are given by you. Thanks!!
Reply on 13/8/19
The healing properties of this stone are just awesome!
Reply on 30/9/19
Really helps me a lot to activate the heart chakra..Thank you gemexi for suggesting me this stone.
Reply on 25/11/19

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