Published May 2014 •  Updated August 2022  •  Read Time: 8 minutes
Emerald is a precious gemstone with a romantic energy.  It is the green variety of Beryl, making it closely related to Aquamarine and Morganite.  Emerald is the only beryl that forms in large deposits and has mines in Afghanistan, Colombia, the US, and Zambia dedicated specifically to this green jewel.  Emerald is included in all major healing crystal books, both ancient and modern.  It has been beloved by kings and queens since the dawn of history.  Emerald is a stone of successful love, making it a particularly good choice for marriage and other long-term relationships.  It helps us to see our lover with the same passion and curiosity as we did when we first met.

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Emerald Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Emerald encourages our spirit to grow! It helps us to surrender old visions of what “should be” and instead embrace the full potential of what “can be.” When used in meditation, Emerald can reveal conscious and subconscious beliefs that hold us back. When examined thoughtfully, these beliefs can soon be dismissed as utter nonsense and in their place new and more positive thoughts can take hold and grow. Emerald is particularly good for releasing scarcity thinking and instead cultivating abundance. Emerald connects us directly with the power of Divine Love and helps us to make choices that are life-affirming. It inspires us to be more compassionate and appreciative and to see the true beauty in everyone.

Metaphysical Properties Emerald
Chakra Heart
Element Water
Numerology 4
Zodiac Aries, Taurus and Gemini

Emotional Healing Properties

Emerald is the stone of “successful love” and is an exceptionally good crystal ally for both committed partners and anyone searching for a long-term romantic relationship. It enhances cooperation, understanding and inter-dependence, allowing us to merge with others without losing our own sense of self. Emerald also teaches patience, helping us to overcome setbacks and misfortunes, and stay hopeful for the future. It keeps our heart young, and allows us to remember our friends and lovers as they were when we first met and to never let our love for them grow stale or jaded. Emerald encourages us to show love and concern for others without fear of being rejected or misunderstood.

Mental Healing Properties

Emerald provides us with a broad and sensible vision, helping us to see situations clearly and understand different perspectives, without negative judgement. It increases discernment and encourages intelligence, helping us to make the best choice possible based on the current information. Emerald encourages us to be goal-oriented and to not let fears of failure or unworthiness hold us back. It enhances memory and helps us to stay mentally focused and pro-active. Emerald is also a stone of justice, asking us to step up and fight for what is right and to protect the innocent and those who can not protect themselves. It encourages us to grow up and set aside any petty selfishness and instead act with nobility and strength.

Physical Healing Properties

Emerald is used by metaphysical healers to treat the eyes, sinuses, upper respiratory tract and the physical heart and liver. It is also believed to strengthen the immune system and help the body to recover from infectious diseases.

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Emerald Mineralogy

Where does Emerald come from?

Emerald is found in large deposits in Afghanistan, Colombia, United States, and Zambia.  Additional notable deposits are in Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Italy, Madagascar, and Russia.

Mining and Treatments

Emerald is mined at its primary deposit, still in in relationship with the host rock.  In some cases, the mining is a byproduct of mining Feldspar, Mica, or Granite.  In a few locations, Emeralds are the primary purpose of the mine.  The gems tend to be found in small veins or on the walls of cavities.  These deposits are often found deep underground.

Transparent Emeralds used in fine jewelry are sometimes heat-treated to bring out a more vivid color.  Heat-treatments can be done at lapidaries, but are sometimes done directly at the mine.  Lab-created jewels are also not uncommon.  By contrast, opaque Emeralds and collector’s pieces are typically fully natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing

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Mineral Family

Emerald is a a green Beryls are a type of Silicate mineral.  Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz, Feldspar, and Beryl. Beryl is a unique family in that all of its members are considered “gemstones.”

Emerald’s energy works well with its family – other Beryl minerals.  Try it in combination with Aquamarine, Heliodore and Morganite

Emerald Formation and Crystal Associates

Emeralds are typically formed in igneous rocks like Granite, as well as their associated pegmatite dikes, mica schists and gneisses. On rare occasions, they may be found in sedimentary rocks such as shale or limestone.  The crystals form as columnar, hexagonal prisms.  Beryl is a colorless gem, unless there are trace elements within it to give it a color.  In the case of Emerald, it’s rich green color comes from the presence of chromium.

Emerald’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Black Tourmaline, Calcite, and Pyrite

Mineralogy Emerald
Chemical Formula Al2 Be3 [Si6 O18]
Cleavage Indistinct
Color Green
Crystal System Hexagonal
Form/Habit Prismatic
Fracture Conchoidal, uneven, brittle
Hardness – Mohs Scale 7.5-8
Luminescence Green, weak (short and long waves)
Luster Vitreous
Mineral Family Cyclosilicates
Specific Gravity 2.68-2.74
Streak White
Transparency Transparent to opaque

History of Emerald

Emerald has been one of the most prized gemstones throughout history. It was sold in the markets of ancient Babylon as early as 2000 BCE, and for centuries it was worn almost exclusively by Kings and Queens. In medieval Europe, it was considered to be one of the ‘Five Cardinal Gemstones’ – comparable only with Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby, and Amethyst. Emerald is included in all major lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. It is also referenced in the Holy Books of all five of the world’s major religions!

In the Bible and Torah, Emerald is listed as the fourth of the twelve stones which decorated the breastplate of the High Priest of ancient Israel. The design for the Breastplate was given by God to Moses, whose brother Aaron was the first to wear it. Each of the gemstones on the Breastplate were inscribed with the symbol for one of the Twelves Tribes of Israel. Later on, King Solomon was said to own a flawless Emerald, which he wore in a ring and used to control jinns, or desert demons. In later Christian lore, Emerald was associated with St John the Evangelist.

In Islamic countries, Emeralds are highly desired since the color green is synonymous with Islam, because the Prophet Mohammad’s cloak was that color. The royal treasuries in Topkapi Palace, Istanbul and in Tehran, Iran contain many of the largest and most valuable Emeralds in the world. Emeralds are also sacred to Buddhists, and sometimes used for eyes in Buddhist statues. The enormous Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban in 2011, were said to once have emeralds for eyes, that shone like a beacon over the desert, guiding wayfarers.

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Solomon and the Jinn

In the ancient Vedic texts, revered by followers of the Hindu faith, Emeralds were the bile of the demon god Vala. According to the story, Vala once took the form of a stone cave where stolen cows were hidden. Indra, the leader of the demigods, split Vala apart, killing him and freeing the cows. Vala’s body was scattered across the earth and his various body parts were transformed into a variety of gemstones. The Cobra King, Vasuki seized Vala’s bile and in a moment of exuberance, accidentally split heaven in two with his tail. In response, the Eagle King attacked Vasuki, and the bile dropped to the earth on top of a mountain range, where it was transformed into Emeralds.

Emerald’s modern name comes from an ancient Persian word for the green gemstone, which was translated into Latin as smaragdus. Overtime smaragdus, was corrupted to esmeraude, emeraude, and emeralde before finally take its modern form. The original name is still used in the Sikait-Zubara region of southern Egypt, where Mons Smaragus (Emerald Mountain) marks what was once home to one of the most fabulous gemstone mines in history – “Queen Cleopatra’s Emerald Mines”

In ancient times, the most valuable Emerald mines were in Zubara and Sikail, in southern Egypt. They produced pale green Emeralds, which were considered highly desirable throughout Eurasia. This was particularly true during the reign of Queen Cleopatra (69-30 BCE) and during the early period of the Roman Empire. Today, these mines are all played out and have been abandoned to the desert. But in their day, they were heavily mined, first by the Egyptians and then by the Romans.

During the reign of the early Roman Emperors, Egyptian Emeralds were held in particularly high esteem. Empress Lollina Paulina (CE 15-49), who was briefly the wife of Emperor Caligula (CE 12-41), famously came to a party covered in Emerald jewelry, which she bragged was worth 40 million sesterces – the equivalent cost of twenty villas in a fashionable part of Rome! Pliny the Elder (CE 23-79), a Roman author, naturalist and philosopher, attended the party when he was a young man. It made such an impression that he included the story in his lapidary, The Natural History of Precious Gemstones. While Pliny the Elder certainly admired gemstones, Lillina Paulina’s display disgusted him, since the emeralds had been bought with money acquired from extortion and corruption.

During the early fifteenth century, Spanish conquistadores flooded into South America in search of treasure and adventure. In what is now Columbia, tales were told of enormous Emeralds. Not content to simply steal the gemstones already dug out, the Spaniards wanted the source as well. During the 1530, the local Chibcha people were tortured and killed until they revealed the Emerald mine’s location. Then the people were enslaved as miners and Columbia’s mineral wealth flooded into Europe. Unlike the pale Egyptian Emeralds, Columbian Emeralds have a deep rich color. Today, Columbia continues to produce many of the most brilliant natural Emeralds. Unfortunately, these gems are drenched in blood. The gems are fought over by rival Emerald Lords, powerful gangsters who control the trade and feud with each other and the Colombian government, These Emerald Lords control the region and the population. It is estimated that 75% of the peasant population works in deplorable conditions in these Emerald mines.