crystals

Thursday mineral: E M E R A L D


Ah, emeralds. Beautiful green stones that often times are seen in Queen Elizabeth II of England jewelry and other ornamental purposes. Queen Elizabeth is not the only royal lady who loves emerald, Queen Cleopatra is one of the earlier fans of this magical green stones.

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The Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara owned by Queen Elizabeth II, which she inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary.  It is shown hung with the Cambridge emeralds, which she also inherited from her grandmother.

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Queen wearing her famous inherited set of emerald tiara & necklace

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The Cambridge Emerald Choker, gifted to Diana by Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding (Princess DianaCancer Sun)

Okay, now that we have seen it on others, let’s see what informations I gathered around the internet about this particular green stone. This amazing green-emerald is a variety of the mineral beryl (Be3Al2(Si03)6). It’s colored green by trace amounts of chromium, and sometimes vanadium. 

World emerald is derived via Old French esmeraude and Middle English: emeraude), from Vulgar Latin: esmeraldar esmeraldus, a variant of Latin smaragdus, which originated from Ancient Greek (smaragdos- green gem). A fine emerald must possess not only a pure verdant green hue but also a high degree of transparency to be considered a top gem- common four basic parameters should be met; color, clarity, cut and carat weight, but you will only find this useful if you’re a gem collector. In every form of green, emerald is simply beautiful stone to have in your collection and use it. 

 

A BIT OF HISTORY…

In antiquity, emeralds have been mined in Egypt since 1500 BCE, and Austria & India since at least 14th c. Emerald was sold in markets of Babylon as early as 4000 BC. Worshipped by Incas and Chaldeans and believed this stone contains goddess. In Egypt it was known as the stone of Thot, therefore bringing wisdom to anyone who carries it.

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“Mogul Mughal Emerald,” a 217.80-carat precious stone that dates to the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1695. Sourced in Colombia and brought to India by Spanish traders, the Mogul Mughal Emerald is 10 cm (approx. 4 inches) tall and shaped like a rectangular tablet.

Columbia is the world’s largest emerald producer, and their emerald production increased in the last decade. Usually coming from three main emerald mining areas, Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor.

This stone was also known as “Jewel of Kings” and from Queen Cleopatra to Queen of Englandit’s one of the royal stones, reflecting power and mystery with its deep green sparkle. Ancients considered this stone is a sacred symbol of immortality and fertility. 

It was believed Emerald could enhance the riches, power, and eloquence the riches, power, and eloquence if worn in talismans, with Jupiterian-Cancer quality to predict future events.

ASTROLOGY

According to astrologer William Lilly, this stone is connected to properties of planet Jupiter so it’s a great stone to carry with you on travels (especially far journeys), to carry it with you during prayers or meditation, teaching others and learning but it’s also great in enhancing visions and inspirations.

Slikovni rezultat za emerald mineral

Muzo Mine, Mun. de Muzo, Vasquez-Yacopí Mining District, Boyacá Department, Colombia (source: http://greenmountainminerals.com/portfolio/mineral-005/ )

 

As mentioned above, W.Lilly gives it Jupiter influence, therefore we can connect this stone to Sagittarius & Pisces primarily, but also Gemini & Virgo as their opposites. This stone is also great for the sign of Cancer (Jupiter’s exaltation primarily by looking at Jupiter’s aspect in one’s chart), and also Capricorn as Jupiter’s fall, to enhance Jupiterian state. There is also a secret combination between Jupiter in Cancer and Moon in Taurus, since Cancer is Moon sign, and Taurus is a sign of Moon’s exaltation).  Of course, every sign can wear and use this stone in divination purposes and collective values.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF EMERALD:

  • revealer of truth- believed it would cut through shadows, illusions, and spells
  • it was also believed that emerald would reveal the truth or falsity of a lover’s oath & promise
  • restful to eyes after strain (calming green color)
  • helps in expanding the mind, seeing the bigger picture
  • gives hope along with visions of future
  • aids in freshness and vitality to the spirit
  • aids in visions & intuition
  • protective stone against enchantments and spells
  • aids in healing emotional trauma and pain
  • aids in fertility and expands the life
  • promotes friendship and balance between partners
  • increases optimism
  • activates psychic abilities
  • rejuvenating quality
  • vitalizes tired organs
  • helps in recovery after infectious diseases
  • drinking elixir soothes gas and cardiac weakness

 

PHYSICAL STONE PROPERTIES

  • CATEGORY: Beryl variety 
  • FORMULA: Be3Al2 (SiO3)6
  • CRYSTAL: Hexagonal 
  • COLOR: Green shades to colorless
  • FRACTURE: Conchoidal
  • HARDNESS MOH’S SCALE: 7.5-8
Slikovni rezultat za emerald mineral

A rectangular green emerald crystal sticking out of a white and gray calcite crystal matrix. (Photo by Thomas Spann from https://www.flickr.com/photos/120391619@N03/13156452494)

 

 

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