Ancients believed the
emerald possessed strong powers. The Orient has long had faith in its
value, the Emerald representing hop in immortality, courage and
exalted faith. Romans believed the emerald evoked tranquility during
troubled times strengthened one's memory and quickened one's
intelligence. In early Egyptian history , it was associated with the
powers of creation, and was considered a gemstone of the Gods. Emerald
was dedicated by the Greeks to the planet Venus. Early Jewish
cabalists believed emerald held mystical power over the Angel Muriel.
In India, for ages, there has
been immense faith in the healing properties of Emerald. It is said to
calm mental agitation, regulate the nervous system and improve speech
and intelligence. Emerald promotes healing, energizes the breath and
strengthens the lungs.
Emeralds are also said to counteract malefic effects of planets on
individuals. As per the ancient Indian astrology, Emeralds is the
birth-stone for the planet Mercury which makes it the birth-stone of
Gemini and Virgo. It should be worn, studded in gold on the neck, arm
or finger. the western or modern astrological science recognizes
emerald as the birth-stone for Cancer and recommends that it be worn
with copper. The emeralds in
the crown totaled 1500 carats.
ages, precious emeralds have adorned the treasures of mighty emperors
and the wealthy. The mogul emperor Humayun possessed cups made of
emerald in which he used to drink wine. The Roman emperor Nero had
eyeglasses made of emeralds.
the most famous emerald is with the Duke of Devon shire. It is two
inches square and weighs 1383.95 carats. It has superb color and is
thoroughly included. It was given to the Duke of Devon shire by the
Emperor of Brazil in 1836.
The Crown of
Andes treasures the largest collection of emeralds. Made in 1593, it
was set with 453 emeralds taken from the Inca treasures. The
solid-gold frame of the crown weighed over 100 pounds.