Gem of the Month — May

Most commonly known as May's Birthstone, this lush, exotic, precious gemstone can actually be more valuable than a diamond if found with the proper shade of green. Their incomparable dark green color is produced only under extremely rare conditions, and because of this it can also result in tiny cavities and cracks within the stone. Inclusions are acceptable in even the most top-quality of emeralds.

Ancient History
- Emerald mines near the Red Sea called "Cleopatra's Mines" were used by the Pharaohs to gather gems between 3000 and 1500 B.C.
- The Incas and Aztecs of South America once worshiped emeralds as a holy stone,
- In India the Maharajas had treasure vaults filled with emeralds - the gem they believed to bring luck and health.
- In Roman Mythology emeralds symbolized the beauty and love of the goddess Venus, and was also associated with Mercury who was known to be the messengers of the Gods, and of travel. Allowing us to understand why the emerald is commonly referred to as the Traveler's Protection Stone.

Mystical Properties
Emerald is a stone of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. It also benefits intuition and communication, and promotes truthfulness. The emerald is the sacred stone of the goddess Venus, and was thought to preserve love. The emerald has long been the symbol of hope, and is considered by many to be the stone of prophecy. For some, the emerald acts as a tranquilizer for a troubled mind. It is said to bring the wearer reason and wisdom. For the emerald the strongest time for their powers is said to be spring.
In several cultures the emerald was the symbol for fertilizing rain. In the Christian faith it is the symbol of faith and hope.

Healing Properties
Emeralds are known to heal both the physical heart as well as emotional love. A powerful high energy stone, the emerald strengthens the eyes, heart, immune and nervous systems, and is even known to help heal back pains.
The power of the Emerald is highest at the full moon. Some cultures thought the emerald would heal any disease of the eye. The emerald would be placed in a container of water overnight and the water would be poured on the eyes the next day.

Magical Properties
Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Powers: Love, money, mental powers, protection, exorcism, eyesight
Deities: Diana/Artemis, Venus

Emerald is known as a tonic for the body as it aids in alignment of all the bodies. Extremely balancing for anyone seeking the truth. Emeralds are said to ward of negativity and to strengthen spiritual insight, and when used as a scrying stone can also foretell the future.

Scientific Qualities:

  • Gem Species: Beryl
  • Cousin to the Aquamarine and Morganite
  • Hardness: 7.5 to 8
  • It is usually rated "fair to good" for everyday wear with care.
  • Is available in qualities from Commercial to AAA
  • Major Sources: Afghanistan, Brazil, Columbia, India, Pakistan, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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