The Origin Of Emeralds: The History Of Emeralds

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When you think of the color green what comes to mind? Grass, lime popsicles, shamrocks? Being that I’m a May baby, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the Emerald. It’s my birth stone, and being that green is one of my favorite colors, I think it’s perfect. Emeralds are one of the oldest gems in history, and have been part of many stories and legends. They have adorned Cleopatra, were collected by Caesar for their value, and used in jewelry and religious ceremonies by the Incas. One legend says that an emerald was one of the four precious stones given by God to King Solomon. The possession of the four stones was said to have given the king power over all creation. And let’s not forget that Aristotle praised the gem, saying…show more content…
Aristotle is recorded as saying that owning an emerald increased the owner’s importance and presence during business affairs, including victory in legal matters. He also believed that wearing emeralds around the neck or on a ring would prevent falling sickness (epilepsy). Ancient Greeks associated the emerald with Venus, goddess of love and beauty. They believed it protected lovers from being unfaithful: if one’s heart was no longer faithful, the beautiful green color of the emerald would become dull and lifeless. The Greeks also believed emeralds would improve memory and intelligence and help them think clearly of the past, present and future. Hippocrates, one of the greatest physicians of his time, would crush the gems into a powder to make eye medication. Emeralds seem to have NUMEROUS uses . . . just listing them all here would require an extra paragraph. If I were to try and condense it, I’d say that emeralds are generally believed to help with health, eyesight, and honesty in relationships (business and personal). It symbolizes immortality, rebirth, abundance, and hope for new possibilities. It protects against illness, danger, and evil; promotes character, intelligence, courage, and prosperity. Truly, emeralds are a source of a myriad of things . . . all of them…show more content…
They are real emeralds in the sense that their makeup has the same chemical, physical, and optical properties. They are much less expensive, and allow for a person to have a larger, less flawed stone. Because they are synthetic, the properties are controlled by the producer, resulting in perfect color and clarity. They are no where NEAR worth what a natural emerald is. A natural stone that is practically flawless will come with a very hefty price tag . . . and that is for a small piece. Depending on the preferences of the person, one option may outshine another (pun intended). A major drawback, in my opinion, is that an uneducated person can’t tell the difference between synthetic and natural. It would be very easy for a dishonest person to sell a man-made gem with the claim that it’s a natural stone. Someone could get swindled twice: paying WAY more than it’s worth (the usual reason it’s done), and being denied the beneficial effects of the natural stone. If the purchase is for spiritual reasons, it would be devastating to learn that they were tricked. The best way to determine if a stone is natural . . . it’s not perfect. The color may be lighter than you’d like, and it may be cloudy versus crystal clear. Synthetic stones may look perfect . . . but natural is created and powered by Mother Earth, and is perfect all on it’s
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