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A Quick Guide to Emerald Gemstones

Emeralds are a variety of the mineral beryl. Since antiquity they have been mined in Egypt, India, and Austria. Today, Colombia is the world’s largest producer of emeralds, thought the gemstone can also be found in other geographic regions. These regions include Zambia, Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United States, and Zimbabwe.

The word “emerald” is derived from the Old French “esmeralde.” The gemstone most often appears in various shades that range from green to colorless. Two types of emeralds that are classified based specifically on their color patterns include the Colombian emerald, characterized by vivid, slightly bluish-green shades of medium to medium dark hue, and Brazilian emerald, which appears as lighter green to colorless.

Oiling, which is the process of immersing emeralds in colorless oil or resin to improve their appearance, is unique to this particular gemstone.

Emeralds have held symbolic significance for several civilizations for several centuries. The Incas and Aztecs considered the gemstone holy; the Vedas document the stone as a good luck charm. Emerald green represents the holy color of Islam and symbolizes unity; in the Roman Catholic Church, emerald green is a symbol of natural and elementary color in liturgy. Emeralds are considered one of the four traditional precious stones, which also include sapphires, rubies, and diamonds.

The gemstone is not only valued for its physical beauty or symbolic significance, however. Emerald gemstones are also recognized for their holistic value and potential as medicinal aids as well.

Holistically, emeralds promote a myriad of properties that enhance intellectual, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It is said that emeralds contain positive emotional energy and provide a sense of security, harmony, and closeness to God. In addition, the gemstone is reputed to promote a healthy memory as well as act as a restorer of faith and hope. The gemstone is also thought to promote kindness and sympathy and increase intuition as well as perception. It is believed that emeralds represent a balance between perfect love and perfect trust, and that they carry the virtue of protection.

In terms of their potential as medicinal aids, emeralds have long been invoked as cures for all kinds of diseases associated with eyesight. They were, at one time, crushed and made into eye lotion as a preventive treatment. Other medicinal uses for emeralds include their use as guards against colic, burns, influenza, epilepsy, skin disorders, and anemia.

Today, emeralds are made into jewellery pieces such as rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. They are valued for their physical characteristics, symbolic significance, holistic properties, and potential as medicinal aids. They are found in abundant supply in various geographic areas and are classified as one of the four traditional precious gemstones in the world.

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