Known throughout history as one of the most prized and valuable gemstones of them all, rich and vibrant emerald is also the beautiful birthstone of May. Let the loving energies of this glistening green gem inspire you to revive the passion in your life!
How and where emerald is formedThe most famous member of the beryl family, emerald is one of the four recognised precious gemstones (along with diamond, ruby and sapphire). Its deep green colour is a result of trace amounts of chromium or vanadium present when the mineral is formed. The main sources of emerald throughout the world include India, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Brazil, Egypt and Austria.
Emerald throughout historyEmerald has been known through the ages as a symbol of love and hope. The ancient Greeks and Romans considered it to be the gemstone of Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, prosperity and fertility. Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptians believed it was a symbol of eternal youth, representing fertility and rebirth, and to the Aztecs and Incas it was a holy stone, offered to the gods to ensure good fortune.
Emerald meanings, properties and energies
Known as the “stone of successful love”, emerald is said to attract good relationships, contentment and even domestic bliss! It opens the heart chakra and promotes loyalty, unity, friendship and unconditional love.
Emerald is believed to revive passion in not only your love life, but also your career, hobby or wherever it may be lacking. A stone of inspiration, intuition and vision, it is said to help you to focus your intentions and bring about positive action in your life.
While emerald is thought to have a calming effect on your emotions, it is also known to have an invigorating effect on your mindset, encouraging growth and new beginnings. It is used to instill confidence, strength of character and the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.
Cleaning and charging Emerald
To clean your emerald stones and jewellery use warm soapy water and a soft brush to gently remove dust and debris, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Leave overnight in the rays of the moonlight to charge.