Emerald is one of the oldest gemstones known to humankind. This beautiful gem has been associated with spring and new life, thanks to its lush green color. Its color is the reason why the stone is assigned as the Birthstone of May.
Every gemstone has its own history and stories associated with it. The same is with emeralds. For centuries, this beautiful gem has been loved for its allure and grace. People in ancient times associated it with healing and magical powers. That is not all, there is a long listed history of emeralds that is vivid and varied. It has the royal courts of India, the mines of Egypt, the love of Cleopatra and the fascinating British Crown Jewels as few of the parts to talk about.
Here are some of the interesting historical aspects of emeralds that would surely comple you to get at least a piece of emerald for yourself.
• According to ancient Indian mythology, the name “Emerald” was first translated from Sanskrit language as “marakata,” which means “the green of growing things.”
• Other sources states that the name emerald is believed to be evolved from an ancient Persian word, which was further translated into Latin as “smaragdus,” which literally means "a green stone" thereby reflecting the color of an emerald.
• In the history of Greeks, an emerald is considered as a gemstone which when wore reveals faithfulness among lovers. Therefore, they also associate emerald as a blessing from Goddess Venus who was worshipped there as a goddess of love.
• In Rome, emerald symbolises calmness. In addition, it is considered that when it is worn by anyone it enhances his/her vision via refreshing and restoring it, which thus provides clarity in mind and thoughts.
• The belief of Chaldeans states that an emerald stone itself contains a goddess within it.
• The ancient Egyptians used to have a belief that emerald symbolises fertility and rebirth. Also emerald was known to be a favourite gemstone of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. Historians stated that the most primitive mines of emerald were found on the Zabargard Islands in Red Sea of Egypt.
• Shah Jahan, a famous Mughal emperor of India used to inscribed sacred texts onto emeralds, which were then used by him as talismans. These sacred Mughal Emeralds even now can be found in ancient collections and museums.
• The ancient holy books of Hindus, commonly known as Vedas are considered to be sacred textbooks of Hinduism. Even these Vedas testifies emerald as being the “gem of good luck” and the “gem that improves one’s well-being”.
By looking over the above mentioned points, we can definitely state that a green colored gemstone - Emerald had held a very prestigious and high place among people since remote times of the world's history . Emeralds were and even now are known and esteemed to have that same valuable gem consideration among the choices of masses throughout the world. Many cultures and traditions, ages and civilizations have connection with emerald. A stone of mystical importance as well as an enchanting source of beauty, emeralds for ages have been used in jewelry. They are one of the four precious gemstones that have captured the senses of mankind by their vivid and forever glamor.