Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Emerald
Guide to gemstones – some myths and legends – Emerald.
Gemstones have played various roles in the myths and legends of human cultures throughout history.
Some tell a story or are believed to have special powers, but all of them share a common beauty.
Each gemstone is unique with a special colour, birthplace and story.
Gemstones come in every colour of the rainbow and are gathered from all corners of the world.
With each coloured gemstone possessing a unique creation of beautiful colour.
Some gemstones have been treasure since before history began and others were discovered only recently.
At the beginning of each month comes a new stone, some months have two gemstones and lucky me, December as three!!!!!!!!
Some stones I will post about aren’t associated with any month, but that doesn’t make them any less fascinating or stunning
As you will see as we progress through the year.
May – Emerald
Green is the colour of Spring and has long been symbolised with love and rebirth.
As the gem of the Goddess of Love, Venus, it was also considered to aid fertility.
Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous Queen was as famous for wearing emeralds in her time as Liz Taylor, who was to play the famous queen in the 1963 film of the same name, was for wearing diamonds in her own time.
Ancient Egyptian mummies were often buried with an Emerald carved in the symbol of verdure – flourishing greenness – on their necks to symbolise eternal youth.
The deeper and more vivid the colour of green, the more valuable the gemstone.
The most valuable and beautiful emeralds exhibit an intense bluish hue in addition to their basic bold green colour.
Emeralds are almost always found with “birthmarks” known as inclusions.
Some inclusions are expected and do not detract from the value of the stone as much as with other gemstones.
Emeralds can be found in Columbia, Brazil, and Zambia.
A more recent deposit was found in Ethiopia which has set the gem worlds tongues wagging with excitement as emeralds have never been found in this part of the world, until now.