Appearance: The emerald is transparent to translucent green. It is prized for its brilliance.
Birthstone by Month & Zodiac: The emerald is the birthstone for May / Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Facts: The emerald is the most famous and valuable green gemstone. Emeralds can be more valuable than diamonds.
Emeralds are known for their flaws, which can also verify their authenticity. Due to their brittleness, they tend to crack if banged on something and are sensitive to extreme temperatures.
Only purchase from reliable dealers for there are many fakes. Fakes can be glass, synthetic, or treated with oils and lubricants to hide flaws.
The ancients associated emeralds with Venus, the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
Physical and Emotional Balance: Hinduism testifies they are a gem of “good luck” and a gem that improves your well-being.
Emeralds are known to protect lovers from unfaithfulness. They glow bright and beautiful green if loyal; and if disloyal, change to a dull color.
The wearer of the emerald is a seeker of love and revealer of truth. The emerald is the “Stone of Successful Love”
Emeralds bring love, the enjoyment of life to the fullest, prosperity, abundance, compassion, healing and fertility.
Origin: Emeralds can be found in the U.S., Brazil, China, Afghanistan, Russia, So. Africa
Mohs Hardness: 7.5 - 8