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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal


Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"Stone of Successful Love"

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Emerald derives it’s glorious green color from the presence of chromium and vanadium. Emeralds are rarely flawless, therefore stones are often enhanced by oiling them to hide the imperfects. As well, the step cut (or emerald cut) is used to maximize the stone.

Ancient mythology teaches us that the Emerald was associated with the Mercury, who was known to be the messengers of the gods, and of travel. It thus makes perfect sense that the Emerald is commonly referred to as the Travelers Protection Stone.

A lesser known “odd” fact of the Emerald is that when subjected to heat, it will actually sweat or expel water. Ancient writings speak of this extraordinary phenomenon.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 7 -8 with a hexagonal crystal structure

Chemically, Emerald is a beryllium-aluminum silicate whose color is due to small quantities of chromium compounds.  The Emerald is the green member of the Beryl Clan; sibling to Aquamarine (teal), Morganite (pink), Golden Beryl (yellow) and Heliodor (yellow green) as well as Bixbite (red) which is much more rare than the others.

Emeralds have been mined for over  The finest emeralds are found in South America and Colombia, where they have been mined for over 400 years. The gem was a favorite in pre-Columbian Mexico and Peru, where it was cut in intricate designs. The treasure taken back to Spain by early explorers included Emeralds.

Good Emeralds are the most highly valued of gem stones. India, Zimbabwe, and Australia are minor sources of the natural stones. Synthetic emeralds are also manufactured in Germany, France, and the United States. The Oriental emerald, a different gem, is the transparent green variety of Corundum.

Metaphysical Properties

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Considered by many to be a great stone of prophecy, bringing wisdom and reason to the wearer. For many, Emerald acts like a tranquilizer for one’s trouble mind.
In many cultures the Emerald is a symbol of love and romance. It brings and enhances joy, cleansing, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. It also benefits intuition and communication, and promotes truthfulness. Emerald is associated with the heart chakra. and to assist in bringing upon rain.
The additional magic of this beautiful stone can be found in it’s color…check out The Color of Green!

Healing Properties

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Emeralds will aid one in recovery after an infectious illness, treating the sinuses, lungs, and muscles.  Said to improve vision and to have a detoxifying effect on one’s liver.

Said to both stimulate one’s mental capacity as well as enhancing one’s memory, the Emerald helps to combine ones intelligence with discernment, allow for the only choice to be available to be the right choice. Emeralds are known to heal both emotional love and the physical heart.  It is a powerful energy stone, strengthening the eyes, heart and immune system as well as the nervous system.  Considered a stone of regeneration and recovery, assisting one in healing negative emotions.

A stone of wisdom, love, and great harmony, an Emerald shall be a bridge between two people when the gem is given in love.  Said to help one appreciate and enjoy life to its fullest.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Planet: Venus
Diana, Artemis, Venus & Freyja
Powers: Money, Protection & Love
Candle Color: Green

Emerald is used to bring love into one’s life, used in magic to enhance psychic abilities, opening clairvoyance allowing stimulation of wisdom gathering from other planes.  Traditionally told to protect against enchantments, as well as ploys from those practicing the dark arts.

Emeralds have often been used in rituals and spells to enhances businesses by promoting sales and increasing public awareness of the chosen company.  Said to sensitize the wearer to intuitive ideas, creativity and psychic aid particularity within the creative arts.

Zodiac Properties

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Zodiac Stone of: Taurus, Gemini, Aries

Associations: Venus

Birthstone: Modern & Traditional Birthstone for the month of May, Mystical Birthstone for January, Anniversary Stone for the 20th and 35th Years, Planetary Birthstone for Taurus, Talisman for Gemini, Ancient Birthstone for the Month of June.

To dream of an emerald indicates worldly success and goodness, a time of great happiness where one may have much to look forward to

Chakra Properties

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Emerald is associated with the 4th, Heart chakra, generating successful love and  harmony in all aspects of your life.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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