Emerald Stone

Emerald stone is a green variety of beryl.

Emerald in antiquity was mined by the Egyptians and was coveted by the wealthy.

The rarest Emerald exhibits a 6 pointed star pattern formed from spokes of carbon impurities within the crystal.

Emeralds range in colours ranging from yellow-green to blue-green.

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 By Cliff via Flickr.com

But only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered precious.

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 By Orbital Joe via Flickr.com

Pale green gems are known as Green Beryls.

 emerald gemstone 
 By Orbital Joe via Flickr.com

The original source of the word/name “Emerald” is probably either a Hebrew word meaning "green", or the Sanskrit word marakata meaning "green."

 emerald gemstones 
 By Theen Moy via Flickr.com

Although the beryl family is reasonably hard, most Emeralds are highly included with impurities so their resistance to breakage and cracks is classified as generally poor.

 emerald gem
 By Charles Tilford via Flickr.com

Emerald jewellery should be worn with care.

 emerald gems
 By Canadian Pacific via Flickr.com

This page was written by Magda Palmer, a gemmologist and the author of The Healing Power of Crystals, Precious Stones and Feng Shui Student Manual, which I highly recommend.

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