Facts About Gemstones: Emerald

Learn some quick facts, symbolism, origins and attributed mythology and power of the Diamonds used in the Women's Designer Emerald Jewellery from Mother and Daughter Jewellery:


Quick facts:

  • Colour: Green
  • Hardness: 7.5 - 8 (on Mohs hardness scale, 0 being least resistant and 10 most resistant)
  • Birthstone month: May

Interesting Facts:

Emeralds have been traded for centuries with them appearing in records from Babylonian markets as early as 4,000 BC. The history of the Emerald is long so that National Geographic magazine wrote “most emeralds move off the record, untaxed, unseen, buried in a world market that the trade calls black. Almost every high quality emerald is smuggled at some time in its history.” Just imagine the history behind your Emerald!


Emeralds traditionally represent true love and are said to change colour when the loved one is being unfaithful.

Origins and legends:

Emeralds have been revered by many cultures for over six thousand years. They were worshipped by the Incas believing that they contained a goddess. The ancient Egyptians used it as a symbol of eternal life, believing it to be a gift of the god of wisdom, Thoth. It was loved by Queen Cleopatra as used as a talisman by Aristotle, Alexander the Great and Charlemagne. They’ve been at the centre of Royal Jewels for centuries and continue to be highly prized by people around the world today.

Mythology and alternative powers:

The Emerald is believed to alleviate emotional heaviness by bringing with it hope and strength.

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