This is perhaps the most popular and most highly prized form of beryl. Brilliant green emerald is an Earth Mother stone, a stone of Nature, and therefore heightens our ability to be ecology-conscious.
Creative imagination, prosperity, protection, love and fertility are increased by the emerald. Wear an emerald ring on the index finger of the receptive hand to relieve or prevent disease, or against the throat to gently calm and balance all seven chakras at once.
Gaze at the emerald to soothe tired eyes, or keep emeralds in the northernmost corner of the home to keep out evil spirits.
The best emerald crystals come from India. Choose specimens that are colored medium to dark transparent green or blue-green. Inclusions are common and do not negatively effect the quality of the stone.
Emerald is a vivid green gemstone that can be very valuable if it is free from any inclusions or other faults; few examples, however, make this grade. It is a member of the beryl family, and gains its beautiful color from chromium, along with trace amounts of iron, or vanadium. The best quality gems come from Columbia, where there are nearly 150 mining locations. By far the biggest of these is at Cosquez, a site which supplies around three-quarters of Columbia's emeralds. They were also mined in historical times in Egypt and Germany.