Emerald is the gemstone for May with Taurus being the astrological sign for most of the month. It gained its name from the Persian word meaning “green”.
Emerald is from the beryl family, formed in the fissures between older rocks. Its coloring can range from true green (the most preferred), to sea-green, to rose-red. The most prized, and highest quality Emerald is that of true green without a hint of yellow or blue in it. Famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote about the Emerald as follows: “the emerald heaven of trees…”
Although the stone can been found in several locations, the major sources of the best-quality Emeralds found today come from Colombia in South America.
The Powers of the Emerald
The Emerald is basically a calming stone, but has many other attributes. When worn by men, Emerald generally promotes joyousness; on women, ambition and change. Emerald is one of the stones of the planet Mercury, Venus and the moon itself.
This stone has the power to reconcile quarreling, and restore friendship. It is a gemstone of spring time. It has been considered a talisman for Monday, and is the gemstone for best used for both Tuesday and Wednesday. Emerald’s favorite time is 2:00 in the afternoon. These are the times when its energies are strongest, finest, and most powerful.
Above all, Emerald is a quieting stone, bringing peace to its wearer. It is said that this stone has the power to transform the air around it to a lovely, calming green energetic quality, and promote peace. It works its magic by attracting kind and good energies toward the wearer. Emerald has also been known to restore clearness to tired eyes, and aide in foretelling the future.
The Emerald Throughout History
The ancient Greeks believed this stone was perfect for the goddess Venus. They thought it ensured true love. Oriental people believed the Emerald helped strengthen memory, increased intelligence, and helped with the power to foretell future events.
Emeralds on Display
The Emerald also holds a popular place in Pop Culture history. Who can forget Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion’s eventful journey through the magical land of Oz to, where else, Emerald City. Sing along… “We’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!”
If you are fortunate enough to own this beautiful stone, please wear it in good health, knowing that your own energies are being instilled with calmness, as well as those around you!