Emerald: The Stone of Successful Love
Emerald is one of four “precious” gemstones, which include Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire. A green variety of Beryl, it is a beryllium aluminum silicate mineral colored by trace amounts of chromium and/or vanadium. Emerald occurs in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the finest being a pure verdant green hue, medium to dark in tone.
Emerald is a receptive stone associated with the planet Venus, the earth element and honors deities Venus, Isis, Ceres and Vishnu. Emerald has been a source of fascination and reverence in many cultures for over six thousand years. It is said to have been sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4,000 B.C. The Inca worshiped the stone, and it was highly honored many faiths for its spiritual power and beauty. Revered in Ancient Egypt, and considered a gift of Thoth, the god of wisdom, it was a favorite jewel of Queen Cleopatra. The Emerald mines in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago, are some of the oldest in the world and were called Cleopatra’s mines for her love of the stone.
Called the “Stone of Successful Love,” Emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. Emerald promotes friendship, balance between partners, and is particularly known for providing domestic bliss, contentment and loyalty. Emerald is an excellent stone for reviving passion, whether for an interest, a person or a job.
Emerald promotes good self-esteem, and has a calming effect on the emotions. It is a crystal that activates creativity, and brings focus and intensity to one’s lifework. It is a healing stone for heartbreak, and provides strength to overcome the challenges in life. It is helpful in clearing away negative patterns and supports personal power by strengthening the physical and emotional heart centers. It is a stone of regeneration, recovery, vitality, love and compassion.
Emerald is an excellent support stone for the workplace. It supports mental prowess, enhances memory and inspires eloquent speech. It is said to aid in success in business matters, and is particularly known for assistance in areas of legal affairs. Emerald is reputed to possess the power to assist one in becoming an eloquent speaker. Aristotle, a great fan of the gem, wrote that owning an Emerald increases the owner’s importance in presence and speech during business, gives victory in trials, and helps settle litigation.
Emerald is the stone that most represents the energy patterns of an activated Heart Chakra. Located near the center of the breastbone this chakra regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace or resist. When the Heart Chakra is out of balance, one may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become overly critical of others.
Inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli can be a sign of an imbalance in this chakra. Green crystal energy, such as Emerald, is used to resolve such blockages and to re-balance the Heart Chakra. A strong and open heart also allows universal blessings to flow into one’s life. Emerald is a powerfully grounding stone in meditation, it helps the meditator to maintain focus on the slow, rhythmic breathing necessary to attaining depth in a meditative state. Once achieved, it assists in maintaining the cool brilliance of deliberate reflection.
- Cunningham, Scott. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic. Llewellyn Publications. St Paul, 2001.