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Crystals 101

Everything about Emeralds

Emeralds are some of the most valuable of all gemstones, and geologically some of the oldest. They have a rich history, being the stone of wisdom and inspiration of the ancient Egyptians, as well as the symbolic stone of the Hindu warrior goddess Meenakshi.

Emeralds are some of the most valuable of all gemstones, where high quality specimens are much rarer and cost more than diamonds. We are extremely lucky to be able to source and tumble some big, gorgeous stones for you. We included them in our Crystalist Superstar Rocks collection because of their beauty and association with wisdom and power.

In keeping with their history as a stone of wisdom and knowledge, the emerald is thought to be the oldest gemstone on the planet. The oldest emeralds we know of are around 3 billion years old, from a time when life on earth consisted of single cell organisms. They are formed when hot magma comes in contact with the right mix of minerals, creating a beryl that is colored with trace amounts of chromium.

Some of the earliest documented use of emeralds for jewelry was in ancient Egypt around 2000 BC. The Eygptians believed that emeralds and other green crystals like malachite brought eternal youth, and hung them around the necks of royal mummies. Perhaps because of this, they were Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.  She wore them and also popularized the stone across the ancient world by giving them as gifts to foreign dignitaries as a sign of her power. Emeralds have always been the symbol of the Egyptian god Thoth, who was depicted with the body of a man and the head of an ibis, and was the god of learning and wisdom. He was said to be the creator of all science, mathematics, writing and hieroglyphics, and some origin myths say that he was not created, but rather created himself through the power of language, speaking himself into being.  Scribes, before they started their work for the day, would pour out a drop of ink in Thoth’s honor.

The emerald is also the stone of the Hindu goddess Meenakshi. Her deity in her temple in southern India is said to be carved out of a single emerald.  Before she was born, her father, a childless king, made many sacrifices in order to have a son. Instead, Meenakshi was born aged three years old sporting three breasts. A voice from the heavens foretold that the extra breast would fall off when she met a man worthy of her hand, and that she should be raised as a son.  She was named as the successor to the kingdom in her own right, beloved by the people, and became the greatest warrior in India. After she defeated everyone on earth in battle, she attacked Mount Kailash, the home of the god Shiva. After she defeated all of his soldiers, he came out to fight her himself – but then they fell in love, her third breast fell off, and they married. The rest is history. To this day, at her temple, she is worshipped first and Shiva is worshipped as a secondary deity.

If you are looking for eternal youth, wisdom, creativity in your scribe work, and the mindset of a great warrior with three breasts, the emerald is the crystal to carry around with you. Don’t forget to pour out a drop of ink!

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