Chemical Formula: Be3Al2Si6O18 - Beryllium Aluminium Silicate
A variety of Beryl
Primary Birthstone for Taurus (21st April - 20th May), Secndary birthstone for Gemini, Leo and Libra
Aligns with the Heart Chakra
History: The name originates from the Greek "smaragdos", which, in antiquity, appears to have been used for a variety of green stones. Ancient Egyptians believed emerald to be a symbol of fertility and life, and it was regarded by the Aztecs as a symbol of seasonal rebirth. Alchemists considered it to be the stone of Mercury, messenger of the gods, and therefore of divine inspiration. Traditionally, emerald was held in the mouth to cure disentry, and worn to prevent epilepsy and give protection against evil spirits and demons. It was used as an aid to women in childbirth, and taken internally (by grinding it to powder and mixing with water or wine) to improve eyesight and cure poisoning, as well as treating fevers and panic, and to stop haemorrage. Like aquamarine, in the Middle Ages emerald was believed to reveal the truth. It was also used to foretell the future, protect the wearer from enchantments, sharpen the wits and aid public speaking (Marbodei, Camilli, and others).
Properties: Emerald supports and encourages spiritual growth and clairvoyance, and allows us to gain a sense of beauty and justice. It is detoxifying, supporting the immune system, and balances on every level. Emerald strengthens communication and friendship, and bestows harmony, unity and cooperation. Through its balancing effect, it helps us to recover from misfortunes and dramatic changes in our lives, and inspires us to embrace optimism and joy.