Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May and is known as the stone of “love and success“. In metaphysical circles, the stone is said to bring in abundance, growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty. It is associated with the heart chakra and has been used to open a person up to deep love and rich successes.
An emerald’s crystal structure forms in systems of hexagons. As documented in ancient writings, when an emerald is heated it will sweat or expel water. This has led past civilization to infer that Emeralds are sensitive to a wearer’s emotions and energy, expelling negativity and acting a guide. As documented in ancient mythology, Emerald was associated with the Mercury who was known to be the messengers of the gods and of travel. For this reason, Emerald is commonly referred to as the ‘Travelers Protection Stone’ and can be worn on journeys to bring you safety. Emeralds have often been used in rituals and spells to enhances businesses by promoting sales and increasing public awareness of the chosen company. It’s also said to sensitize the wearer to intuitive ideas and creativity particularity within the arts.
Emerald gemstones were mined in Egypt as early as 330 BC, but some estimate that the oldest emeralds are 2.97 billion years old. Cleopatra was known for her love and possession of Emeralds throughout her reign. The Egyptians used emeralds both in jewelry and in their elaborate burials, often burying emerald stones with monarchs as symbols of protection. On the other side of the world, the Muzo Indians of Colombia had well-hidden and prized emerald mines. These mines were so hidden, it took the Spanish conquistadors nearly twenty years to find them.
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