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Emerald – symbolic meaning and gemstone care

The meaning of Emerald

The gorgeous green Emerald, gemstone of the goddess Venus, has long been revered as a life- and love-affirming stone. Ancient peoples believed that the stone bestowed the gift of eloquence upon its wearers, as well as enabling them to predict the future and reveal the truth or falseness of a lover's words. It was also believed to enhance memory and eyesight.

Emerald is associated with the heart chakra, the body's emotional center, and is said to help open the heart to give and receive unconditional love. Stonecutters traditionally kept a piece of Emerald to gaze at to relieve eyestrain while working, as its soothing color was considered especially restful. Today, this beautiful birthstone represents health, weatlth, abundance, and growth. Emerald is the gemstone for the 20th, 35th, and 55th anniversaries.

Since ancient times, humans have associated gemstones with healing properties and spiritual significance.

Emerald – gemstone knowledge

The name Emerald comes from the Greek word "smaragdus," meaning "green gem." (Makes sense!) Emerald is part of the Beryl family of minerals, which includes Aquamarine as well. Its beautiful green color comes from trace amounts of the elements chromium or vanadium. It ranges in hue from pale to deep green.

HAVERHILL Emeralds are sustainably grown in a lab, which mimics their formation in nature. They share all the chemical, physical, and optical properties of naturally mined Emeralds, with outstanding color and excellent durability. We love sustainably grown Emeralds because they're gentle on the earth and are beautifully consistent in their verdant radiance.

The ancient Romans believed that lighter green Emeralds were "unripe," and that the gems would darken in color as they matured. Fun fact: while many gems come in various colors, Emeralds come in no other color but green!

Caring for your Emerald jewelry

Emerald is a hard stone, rating 7.5-8 on the Mohs hardness scale. In 1822 Friedrich Mohs created this scale to rate gemstones from 1 (softest) to 10 (exceptionally hard), based on their ability to withstand scratches. Be sure to store your Emerald jewelry in its jewelry pouch or box to keep the gem from being scratched by other stones.

Styling tips for Emeralds

In HAVERHILL's Terra Collection, Emeralds sit side-by-side with deep blue Sapphires to represent land and sea. Ten percent of the purchase price of Terra jewelry is donated to The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

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Is Emerald a good-luck stone?

Tradition says that wearing your birthstone is good luck, so if you're a May baby, it's a great choice for jewelry! Emeralds are considered to be a lucky stone in general, so they make a wonderful gem for everybody. Try pairing it with Diamond or White Topaz to highlight its color, or lean into the green by wearing the gem on its own!

Should I wear Emerald only if it’s my birthstone?

People wear gemstones for many reasons, not just because it’s the birthstone for the month they were born. You may choose to wear a stone because you feel a connection to the color, because its traditional meaning resonates with you, or because it reminds you of someone you love, such as a child, friend, or loved one who’s passed away. Jewelry is extremely personal and you should feel free to wear any gemstone that speaks to you.

Are sustainably grown gemstones real?

Sustainably grown precious gems are genuine gemstones grown in a lab from a “seed” and are chemically, physically, and optically identical to naturally mined stones. These lab-grown gemstones have beautiful, consistent color and fewer inclusions than naturally mined stones. They're rated the same hardness on the Mohs scale.