Emerald is from the Beryl family of gemstones, other members are Aquamarine (blue) and Morganite (peachy-pink). Emerald is coloured by the element Chromium which gives it its distinctive green colour. Gem deposits are found in Colombia, Brazil and Zambia amongst others. It is number 7 on the Moh’s scale of hardness, so suitable to be used in jewellery but perhaps not an everyday wear in rings.
Emerald is traditionally believed to strengthen the heart, liver and kidneys, and it’s supposedly calms the mind and relieves eye strain. I for one would feel far less mind and eye strain if I had a whopper of an emerald on my finger, it must be true.
Emerald, May’s Distinctive Green Stone of the Month.