Gemstone of the Day for May 17th is Emerald

Gemstone of the Day

  Emerald


                                          (Color: deep green, can have slightly yellowish or bluish tones)


Hardness: 7.5 – 8.0                     
Specific Gravity: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m                     
Chemistry: Be3Al2(SiO3)6                     
Class: cyclosilicates                  
Crystallography: hexagonal; 6/m2/m2/m
Cleavage: poor basal cleavage is seldom visible on {0001}              
Fracture: conchoidal producing smooth brilliant surfaces   
Streak: White                          
Luster: vitreous
Birthstone for the month of May

The name emerald is thought to be of the Ancient Greek word “smaragdos” meaning “green stone” which was originally applied to a variety of green colored minerals.

Healing: It is good for the eyes and eyesight, it cures snakebites, encourages and preserves chastity, cures dysentery, prevents epilepsy, promotes cleverness, courage, eloquence, honesty, prosperity. Also used in the treatment of the spine, lungs and heart. Astrological signs of emerald are Taurus, Gemini and Aries. Vibrates to the number 4.

Workings: Emerald is a symbol of immortality. It is used as a talisman to protect against physical danger and evil. It is also used for divination. Emerald is also known as the “stone of successful love”. Its element is Earth and it is ruled by the planet Venus. Its energy is receptive. The Greeks associated this stone with the Goddess Venus.

Chakra Applications: It is used to activate and stimulate the Heart chakra.

Foot Notes: Emerald is the green variety of the mineral beryl. Emerald’s precious green color is caused by small amounts of chromium and enhanced by traces of iron. Emerald occurs most often in mica schist’s of metamorphic-hydrothermal origin wherein the schist’s and other associated host rocks formed by chemical interaction between granite rocks or pegmatites and the enclosing basic (silica-deficient) rocks. Best field indicators are its color, form, hardness and specific gravity.

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Author: Crick