Emerald ~ May Birthstone

Emerald  is associated with the Heart Chakra and with blissful love. In groups of two or more people, Emerald can encourage bonding, and strengthen communication and understanding, helping each person to adequately express themselves without offending others.

Emerald is believed to enhance memory and mental clarity. Meditating with Emerald can help one to connect to Divine Love, open the heart to accept all things in life as gifts, and acquire the ability to discern when others are speaking the truth or not.  Emerald can help to open one up to psychic abilities, and enhance one’s ability to notice and manage synchronicity.

Emerald is often used to attract prosperity to the owner, strengthening the courage to follow your heart’s wisdom to its logical outcome, and allowing for the amplification of hope and encouragement. It can also be used to alert one of any blocks to progress, so they can be addressed and released. Emerald can help you clarify and strengthen your intention for a positive outcome. Emerald can help maintain faith in the knowledge of Divine perfection. Emerald reminds one that the Universe will always provide.

EMERALDS GEMSPhysically, Emerald channels the Green Ray, making it a superb healing crystal. Emerald is a great stone for recovery and specifically works on conditions of the heart, liver, lungs, and spine. Historically, Emerald was known as an antidote to poisons.

Spiritual and Psychic Lore

Emerald is a stone that is used in crystal work to bring forth manifestation. This manifestation can be in the form of prosperity and abundance. When working with emerald for manifestation, as with all such efforts be certain to be very clear what you desire to have manifested or the Universe may surprise you.

Emerald is a stone that is well used for intuitive awareness, meditation, and spirituality.  As a stone which can increase spiritual awareness, it can help realize Divine love. For meditation, it is excellent to use with rhythmic breathing. Emerald is also used to remove barriers to spiritual growth and thus raise consciousness. Emerald can increase psychic and intuitive awareness, particularly in the area of clairvoyance. It is said to “grant all knowledge of past, present and future”

Emerald is considered a strong stone of protection. In particular, it is said to protect travelers and protect all from magicians, as well as protect from harmful spirits. Emerald is also used in an exorcism of the possessed.

Emerald is used in business spells to increase sales as well as to improve the public image of the company.

Emerald is used to stabilize the astral body and cleanse the energy of all levels of the subtle body.

Mental and Emotional Properties

Emerald is a classic stone of love and romance and is reputed to bring both passion and domestic bliss with unconditional love. It is also said to be a stone that brings balance within relationships, as well as friendship. In the event of heartbreak, emerald is used to heal the heartbreak and put one back on the path to love.

As a stone of serenity, emerald is said to be helpful for healing abuse issues and trauma.  It also dispels negativity and brings patience with those – including one’s self- who struggle with issues stemming from past pains. Though emerald is also a stone for a memory of all kinds, it can take the abuse or trauma memories and help put them in perspective as past events that need not affect today’s life. It is also used in crystal healing to ease the guilt and soothe emotions, and to bring hope, forgiveness, and compassion.

Emerald is a stone of inspiration. It is said to help increase expression and communication. Emerald also brings and enhances faith and harmony, promoting truthfulness and honesty. In these ways, it is used to increase cooperation in groups.

Emerald brings and enhances harmony, joy, memory, and faith. It also benefits  intellect, communication, decision making, and promotes truthfulness and honesty, seeing past the superficial.

Physical Conditions Properties

Physically, emerald is said in crystal healing and folklore to be helpful for adrenal glands, diabetes, fibromyalgia, headaches, heart issues, insomnia, muscle problems, nervous system ailments, antidote to poison, epilepsy, joints, nervous system, lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, muscular system, soothe eyes, cataracts, infectious illness, rheumatism, diabetes, malignant conditions, lower body temperature, insomnia, immune system, stop unwanted nocturnal emissions, ease paranoia, schizophrenia, any severe mental illness.

Emerald is said to align the subtle bodies leading to healing and general wellness. Please note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information.

Related Chakras & Correspondences

Emerald is associated with the heart chakra primarily, and sometimes secondarily with the solar plexus chakra. Emerald is associated with the archangels Raphael, Haniel, Raziel, and Jophiel. It corresponds to the number 4 and the zodiac signs Aries, Gemini, and Taurus.  Dieter said to be related to emerald are Isis, Venus, and Vishnu.

Other Information

Emeralds almost always have inclusions, which in this stone is not considered a flaw. In fact, it is considered very suspicious if a stone larger than a few millimeters has no flaws which usually indicates an impostor or simulant stone. In order to give emeralds a better appearance they are often oiled or irradiated, which is considered a standard practice.

“Red Emerald” is actually red Beryl also known as Bixbite.

Rock Lore & Tidbits: 

Hardness (Mohs): 7.5 – 8
Color(s):  Green
Transparency:  Transparent to Opaque
Lustre: Vitreous
Common / Notable Locations:  Columbia, Brazil, North Carolina USA

Emerald is a type of Beryl and has the properties of Beryl as well.

Emerald

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HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The name Emerald is believed to be derived from the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals and simply means “green stone.”

Emerald‘s history begins in Egypt where they were mined in southern Cairo before 2000 B.C., and continued to be mined there until about 1200 A.D. One mine, in particular, was associated with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, because of her love for and use of the gem. This led to the mine being named “Cleopatra’s Mine.”

Pliny, a Roman consular and writer, wrote that “nothing is more intense than the green of Emerald” and had said that “sight is refreshed and restored by gazing upon the stone.” Following this advice, the Roman emperor Nero reportedly wore Emerald sunglasses whilst watching the great gladiator matches.

In 1557 after a bloody campaign searching, the Spanish Conquistadors discovered the spectacular Muzo and Chivor mines in present-day Colombia.

Emerald derives it’s glorious green color from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are rarely flawless, therefore, stones are often enhanced by oiling them to hide the imperfects. As well, the step cut (or emerald cut) is used to maximize the stone.

Ancient mythology teaches us that the Emerald was associated with the Mercury, who was known to be the messengers of the gods, and of travel. It thus makes perfect sense that the Emerald is commonly referred to as the Travelers Protection Stone.

A lesser known “odd” fact of the Emerald is that when subjected to heat, it will actually sweat or expel water. Ancient writings speak of this extraordinary phenomenon.

Emeralds have been prized by the ancient Babylonians and Indians, loved and honored by Cleopatra and made into stunning jewelry by the Egyptians. Emeralds were also used by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayan cultures for carving, adornment, and medicine.

Astrological : Taurus and Cancer.

The birthstone for the month : May

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Emerald is known as the “stone of successful love”.  It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss.

Emerald is a symbol of love and good fortune. This stone is used for abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty.

Emerald enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship.  Keeps partnerships in balance and can signal unfaithfulness if it changes color.

Focusing intention and raising consciousness, Emerald brings in positive actions, eliminating negativity and enhancing the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Emerald enhances psychic abilities, opens clairvoyance, and stimulates the use of greater mental capacity.  It helps bring awareness of the unknown to conscious recognition, imparting reason and wisdom.

Emerald assists in inciting activity and focus on one’s actions.  It strengthens memory and imparts clarity of thought.  It inspires a deep inner knowing, promoting truth and discernment.

Most effective on the Heart Chakra perhaps because Emerald access desires held deep within. Emerald provides inspiration and helps those in need of balance, healing, and infinite patience.

Lifts depression, helps with insomnia, knowingness of the heart and peaceful dreams. Emerald ensures physical, emotional and mental equilibrium, bringing harmony to all areas of one’s life.

The pale, clear, green Emeralds are valuable in meditative work, as well as healing. Emerald works best when combined with a Diamond or worn alone. Emerald gives wisdom from the mental plane so that the possessor is motivated to give love and wisdom to others.

Do not wear an Emerald constantly. Emerald should only be worn when the wearer feels the need to have it near. They were used to strengthen memory, to aid in eloquence, and to reveal the truth or falsity of a lover’s oaths.

HEALING PROPERTIES

Emerald crystal is the most recommended stone for breathing issues, heart health, swollen lymph nodes, blood problems, the thymus, the pancreas ( for blood sugar rebalance), labor/delivery, eyesight, the etheric field, lungs, spine and muscular system.

Excellent general healer. Emerald was considered an ancient blood detoxifier and anti-poison. Emerald has a detoxifying effect on the liver and alleviates diabetes and rheumatism.

Emerald helps strengthen the backbone and alleviates problems associated with sugar diabetes.

Emeralds are of special value to athletes, chiropractors, lecturers, marriage counselors, masseurs, optometrists, people who work in radioactive areas, and those who work in close quarters. Emerald improves psychic abilities, raises consciousness, and helps the individual attain balance. Also enhances the immune system.

Emerald aids in recovery after infectious illness, helps sinuses and soothes the eyes, improving vision.

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