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GEMS May – History behind Emeralds

by JewelStruck on May.24, 2010, under GEMS

Continuing with Gemstone Each Month Series (GEMS) – May for Emerald, we would be discussing about History behind Emerald. This awesome green coloured, beautiful gemstone has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years. Also showcasing very beautiful Emerald Heart Earrings by Nikita Kashner

Emerald Hearts by Nikita Kashner

  • The name according to Indian mythology was orignated from Sanskrit as “marakata”, meaning green. One other believed source of this name was Herbrew, orignating from the word izmargad – again meaning “green”. It is also believed to be orignated in Greek, derived from  Latin word “smaragdus”.
  • Records show that Emerald was traded in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. Emeralds were prized by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and by the Aztec rulers in South America, who considered the green gem a holy stone. It was known that Emerald was a favorite gem of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, and the Emerald mine in Upper Egypt, rediscovered a hundred years ago near the Red Sea, was one of the earliest Emerald occurrences in the human history
  • In India, ancient scriptures speak of the emerald. More recently Shah Jahan loved Emeralds so much that he had sacred texts inscribed into them and used these gemstones as talismans.
  • Russian crown jewels were also adorned by Emeralds. The Iranian crown jewels have a wide collection of Emerald Jewels, including the very famous, Emerald tiara of ex-Empress Farah.

So these were a few things we found out on history behind Emeralds. If you have anything to share on Emeralds, do email us at Do wait for the next post, with more on this month’s Gemstone – Emerald.

Image credit – Nikita Kashner

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