Good evening! I had just insanely saturated weekend, and that’s all because on Sunday I had a birthday! Friday and Saturday were devoted to the searching for gifts for myself, and Sunday, as you probably have already understood, to the celebration. But all this time I was constantly thinking about what to tell you the next time, with what stone to acquaint. And as for me, each of my birthday is a farewell to childhood, I wondered – what kind of stone I associate with this most childhood? And it is emerald jewelry.
Emerald is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. Beryl has a hardness of 7.5–8 on the Mohs scale. Most emeralds are highly included, so their toughness (resistance to breakage) is classified as generally poor. It is a cyclosilicate.
In ancient times, emeralds were mined in the Upper Egypt, where it was available for people back in 2000 BC. Greek miners worked for Alexander the Great, and later these mines supplied gems to Cleopatra. Traces of extensive works were discovered near 1817. So emerald isn’t only one of the most beautiful and precious stones, but also it’s a material with an incredibly rich history. Exactly such emerald jewelry currently keep inside great strength and healing properties.
Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl. The finest emerald are approximately 75% tone on a scale where 0% tone would be colorless and 100% would be opaque black. In addition, a fine stone should be well saturated; the hue of an emerald should be bright (vivid). Gray is the normal saturation modifier or mask found in emerald; a grayish-green hue is a dull green hue.
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Greeks called emerald a “Stone of Lights”. In Russia emerald jewelry is a s symbol of wisdom, equanimity and hope.
The word “emerald” comes from the the Persian word, which through such modified forms of the Latin words “smaragdus”, “esmeraude”, “emeraude” and “esmeralde”, reached our times. The “Smaragd” – is an old Russian name of an emerald mineral. Much confusion has arisen due to this stone with the Hebrew word “emerald” – in the official version of the Scriptures it most likely mean “carbuncle” or “garnet.
Major deposits of emeralds are Colombia (Muzo deposit), East Africa, Transvaal, India, Pakistan and Zimbabve (Sandvana).
Emerald jewelry, alongside with diamond and ruby, is one of the most expensive. Click To Tweet
This is one of the most expensive gemstones, a true symbol of the Earth. Since the material of pure emerald green color usually has a lot of flaws, the cut stones of a deep green color and especially without defects (weighing 5-6 carats) are valued especially high and are not available to people. And can you imagine my happiness that I have in my casket a pendant made from an emerald in the shape of a heart. It was given to me as a present by my grandfather, and you know – it’s the best of all the jewelry that I have.
Perfect Emerald is a transparent stone with an evenly distributed saturated color. Click To Tweet
The main criterion of the quality of emerald is color, the second – transparency. Natural emeralds almost always have cracks and splits, which can be cultivated with oil, mostly cedar, because it has the same refractive index as an emerald, and helps to slightly reduce the blinding glow of some particularly bright-colored stones.Anyone who wears emerald jewelry, will freed from depression and insomnia. Click To Tweet
Due to such problems you should wear emerald jewelry on the little finger. By the way, I always wear my emerald pendant during exams or important meetings. It helps me to calm down, to gain self-confidence and relieves headaches, when I just put it on the forehead in the morning for about 15 minutes.
In East, particularly in India, emerald jewelry was appreciated as a symbol of love and devotion. Indian Sultan Shah Yahan wore emerald amulet on which were engraved the sacred texts. In Islamic countries, emerald was considered the main magic stone, and in the Christian tradition – it was the stone, symbolizing the forces of darkness. In my country there are even some popular beliefs that witches conjured by means of this stone, and it also attracted the male attention.
Emeralds have been held in high esteem among the Indians too; for the Aztecs this stone was sacred. With the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans especially showered their richest mines in order to stones not falling into the hands of strangers.
That’s the story about one of the most beautiful and precious stones. It’s so fascinating that it drives you crazy 🙂