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Aventurine Emerald
The emerald is the most famous of the beryl family of minerals. The radiant green color is produced by minute amounts of chromium in the crystals. The name emerald is taken from the French word "esmeraude” which in turn refers back to the Latin root "smaragdos”, simply meaning "green gemstone”. What is known as an “emerald cut” was designed for the gemstone specifically to reduce pressure during cutting. This is needed because of the stone’s sensitivity to knocks.

A Little History:
The emerald was thought to first come into wide use in Egypt. Mining for the stone started in the region near Aswan Dam in about 2000 B.C. and ended approximately 1200 A.D. This mine has been named for Cleopatra, even thought mining started over 2000 years before she was born. During the Roman era emeralds were highly prized and it has been said that Nero would watch gladiator events through a pair of emerald glasses. The emeralds of the old world however could not compare to the clarity and size of those that were discovered when the Spanish came to the new world. When the conquistadors arrived they found that the Incas and Aztecs had emeralds of extraordinary quality, and regions in Columbia still yield some of the finest emeralds today.

Healing & Metaphysical Properties:
The emerald is said to be a powerful talisman in matters pertaining to the eye. Thus it can assist in divination, and in mediation for seeing the path in front of you. It is also used for healing and is potent in general healing but especially useful in combating illness and malformations of the eyes. An emerald can be worn to open up the heart to healing, peace and love and can improve mental speed and agility.

 

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