May Birthstone: Emerald

Emerald is traditionally believed to be the birthstone of May and the astrological sign of Taurus.  Emerald is a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl, coloured green by trace amounts of chromium and sometimes vanadium. The word "emerald" is derived via Old French: esmeraude and Middle English: emeraude, from Vulgar Latin: esmaralda/esmaraldus, a variant of Latin smaragdus, which originated in Ancient Greek: σμάραγδος (smaragdos;) "green gem". [Source: Wikipedia]

Quality gems are expensive, but raw, unpolished and tumbled are easily available.

Gachala Emerald 3526711557 849c4c7367

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Based on Judy Hall, Emerald is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience. It is a life-affirming stone with great integrity. Known as the “stone of successful love,” it brings domestic bliss and loyalty. It enhances unity, unconditional love, and partnership and promotes friendship. Emerald keeps a partnership in balance. If it changes color, it is said to signal unfaithfulness. Emerald opens the heart chakra and has a calming effect on the emotions. This stone ensures physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium. It eliminates negativity and brings in positive actions. Focusing intention and raising consciousness, it brings about positive action. It enhances psychic abilities, opens clairvoyance, and stimulates gathering wisdom from the mental planes. Traditionally, emerald was said to protect from enchantment and the ploys of magicians, and to foretell the future. Psychologically, Emerald gives the strength of character to overcome the misfortunes of life. It is a stone of regeneration and recovery and can heal negative emotions. It enhances the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. It is helpful in cases of claustrophobia. Emerald imparts mental clarity, strengthens memory, inspires a deep inner knowing, and broadens vision. It is a wisdom stone, promoting discernment and truth, and aiding eloquent expression. It helps bring to the surface what is unconsciously known. Emerald is extremely beneficial to mutual understanding within a group of people, stimulating cooperation.

[Source: Judy Hall, The Crystal Bible Volume 1: The definitive guide to over 200 crystals]

Working with this beautiful gem is really inspiring and a pleasure. The following are Emerald in matrix tumbled stone unisex pendants that I made recently:

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