The word “emerald” is derived from greek smaragdus which in turn was derived from an earlier Persian word meaning a green mineral.
|Indian Name :||Panna|
|Formation :||Formed in granites, pegmatites and schists as well as alluvial deposits.|
The finest emeralds are found in the mines of Chivor and Muzo in Columbia. Other sources are Austria, India, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Egypt, The U.S.A, Norway, Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
|Colors :||Emerald gets its green color from the presence of chromium and vanadium.|
Specific Gravity :
|Refractive Index :||1.57 – 1.58|
|Emerald is essentially Beryllium aluminium silicate with chromium, Be3Al2(SiO3)6::Cr|
|Advantages :||Enhances faithfulness and sense of commitment.|
|Promotes constancy of mind, true friendship, and felicity in domestic life.|
|Sharpens the intellect and improves memory.|
|Enhances communication skills and clairvoyance.|
|Assists ladies in childbirth.|
Prevents epilepsy attack, and when held in the mouth it is believed to be a cure for dysentery.
Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt was an avid emerald collector which dates back to 2000BC. Remains of “Cleopatra’s Mines” were discovered about 1817, they are situated on the Red Sea coast.