A Writers Guide to Emerald



Emerald is a green mineral beryl with lots of inclusions, materials that are trapped inside while the stone is forming. The color ranges from yellow-green to blue-green. Gems must be a medium to a deep tone to be called emeralds. The lighter colored stones are called “green beryl.”

The word emerald is derived from the French esmeraude and the Greek root smaragdos which means “green gem”.

Lore and History

  • Ancient Egyptians believed emeralds enhanced fertility and rebirth.
  • Cleopatra prized her emeralds more than any other gem.
  • Early Christians used the emerald as a symbol of resurrection.

Famous Emeralds

Chalk Emerald

Chalk Emerald

  • Chalk Emerald: 37.82-carat Colombian emerald; it was the centerpiece of an emerald and diamond necklace worn by the Maharani Saheba, who passed it down to her son, the Maharajah Cooch Behar; in the 20th century, the emerald was recut set into a ring where it is surrounded by sixty pear-shaped diamonds.
  • The Crown of Cortez Emerald/Isabella Stone: 306 carat cabochon cut, vibrant green emerald with the finest luster
  • Hooker Emerald: 75.47 carot Colombian emerald, once belonged to Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876-1909)
  • Mackay Emerald Necklace: 167.97 carat emerald set in an Art Deco diamond and platinum necklace designed by Cartier Inc; In 1931, Clarence H. Mackay presented it to his wife as a wedding gift
  • Mogul Mughal Emerald: the largest emerald to date, 217.80 carat rectangular-cut emerald; one side is inscribed with Islamic prayers (dated 1107 A.H) and the other with a central rosette flanked by single large poppy flowers with a line of three smaller poppy flowers on either side

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • warding off epilepsy
  • improving memory
  • soothing eye infections
  • increasing eyesight (in weak eyes)
  • improving eye health
  • relieving weariness
  • helping to restore impaired balance
  • enhancing contentment
  • promoting healthy relationships
  • protecting travelers on journeys
  • protecting against enchantment
  • enhancing clairvoyance

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge emeralds, let water run over the stone regularly. Once a month let it recharge in the sun amongst clear quartz crystals and rubies. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.

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  1. Aha now I understand why it's called “Smaragd” in German.

  2. Very “E”ngaging gemstone series you have going on here 🙂

  3. This is my birthstone so it was fun to learn it.

  4. I always think of the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. I didn't know emerald was a form of beryl — thanks for the info!

  5. Excellent! My birthstone too.

    Don't know about that warding off enchantment stuff, though. Who'd want to do that?

  6. Emerald is my birthstone, I've always thought of it as the most beautiful of all the gems! Really great post and very informative. Found you from the A-Z Challenge, looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, with maybe with a little bit of stress thrown in!! I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!

  7. Wow, I never knew emerald could have such healing powers! What a gorgeous stone.

  8. Didn't know about emerald and beryl. Very interesting!

  9. Emeralds.. pretty 🙂

  10. What a great idea for the A to Z Challenge! I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts.

  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I will have to let my 15 yr old daughter know about your blog…she loves writing and fantasy is her favorite genre. She would love all the stuff about gemstones! She is also participating in the A to Z blog challenge (on one of her two blogs), although with school work (we homeschool) she may get behind on it from time to time. You can find her a http://mopheadedmuppet.blogspot.com/
    I'm sure she would love a comment!

  12. How fun; this is my birthstone and so lovely to read about! Thanks I enjoyed your post~

  13. I love emeralds. My nana had several emerald rings.

  14. emeralds are prehaps one of the prettiest stones, didn't know they were so versatile!


  15. Fascinating! I only knew that emeralds are brittle and crack easily.

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