EMERALD GemShoppy April 11, 2015 Gemstones Emeralds have long been cherished for their brilliant green beauty. Highly valued and desired, the brilliant green colour of emerald has never ceased to dazzle. For centuries only those of great wealth could venture upon so priceless a gift, the symbol of faith, kindness & purity. Emerald improves relationships. Best in meditation, relaxation, and as a heart-balancer. It strengthens clairvoyance, intuitions and psychic abilities. Emerald aids in mental illness. It indicates an unconditional love. It works as a friend to the seeker. Assists in spiritual insight. Introduces the higher self to the divinity. Inspiring love, prosperity, kindness and tranquility. Balances patience. Power to heal. Mediation on love,balance, self esteem & memory. Lucky for Taurus, Gemini & Cancer signs. Emerald is the perfect emblem of an everlasting love. Emeralds occur in a variety of green colours. The magnificent green colour that gives extraordinary value to this gem is due to small amounts of chromium and vanadium. Some emeralds have yellowish to bluish overtones. The stone loses colour when strongly heated. Al2Be3[Si6O18] Emerald is grass-green variety of beryl that is highly valued as a gemstone. The physical properties of emerald are essentially the same as those of beryl. Emeralds are cut in a variety of different shapes, ranging from the traditional rectangular step-cut, known as the “emerald cut,” to rounds, ovals, squares and cabochons. Because of emerald’s high value, attempts were long made to manufacture it synthetically. These efforts finally met with success in the mid of thirties in Germany. Nowadays synthetic emeralds are manufactured in the U.S. Aquamarine crystals are placed in a water solution & used as a seed to produce emeralds. The crystals thus grown appear very similar to natural crystals and rival them in colour and beauty. The name emerald comes indirectly from the Greek smaragdos, a name that seems to have been given to a number of stones having little in common except a green colour. Emerald is the birthstone of Taurus (Bull): April 20 – May 20. Emerald is the anniversary gemstone for the 20th, 35th and 55th year of marriage.