Emeralds have a history of being connected to love, fertility and rebirth, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Maybe that’s why they were chosen to represent the springtime birthdays of people born in May. Unless you speak Greek, you may not see the clear link between the lush green gem’s name and the Greek word “smaragdus,” but it does translate to “green.” Naming a stone after its color is appropriate for this gem, especially since the word “emerald” has come to represent a specific deep, rich jewel-tone shade of green.
The American Gem Society reveals that as early as 330 B.C. emeralds were mined in Egypt. These days, high-quality emeralds are hard to come by. Most of the emeralds on the market come from Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia and Zambia. The United States, however, is fortunate to have one source for the green jewel. Located near Hiddenite, North Carolina, is a small emerald mine that Geology.com says produced over 20,000 carats of the precious gemstone in the 15 year period between 1995 and 2010. Considering that one of them was 1869 carats and about 6 inches long, that’s not too shabby for a “small” North Carolina mine.
As with most precious stones and crystals, emeralds are thought to have positive effects on emotions and health. Crystal Vaults reports that emeralds have a calming, yet invigorating effect. While this might seem contradictory, consider that calming the emotions allows a person to more easily think and reflect, and even be more creative. As a heart crystal, emeralds have been used to alleviate heavy emotions in the heart and promote hope, abundance and encouragement. As for physical benefits, emeralds are said to rejuvenate and have anti-aging effects. Emeralds have been put to use to strengthen the heart and other organs such as the gall bladder, liver, lungs and kidneys. As a symbol of fertility, emeralds are thought to improve the reproductive system and provide assistance during childbirth.