What Makes the Emerald Unique?

Explore the properties of emerald and its relationship with the diamond

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The vibrant green emerald seems to create a perfect relationship with the cooling energy of the diamond. Emerald is expanding and happy with a somewhat young and carefree energy to it; the diamond has a majestic, grounding and protective quality to it.

From Cleopatra's favorite gemstone to Maharajas' jewelry and Jackie Kennedy's emerald and diamond engagement ring - what makes the emerald so special?

And, what makes the emerald and diamond connection so unique? While we have explored the energy of diamond in detail, let's take a closer look at the emerald; this might help us understand one of the most popular gemstone combination in the history of jewelry -  the emerald and diamond connection. 

"The green of growing things" is the meaning of emerald in Sanskrit. The name emerald came from the greek smaragdus for green.  Described by Aristotle as the stone that brings victory and helps one succeed in his chosen vocation, the list of qualities attributed to emerald is as abundant as its vibrant green color.

The emerald was much loved in a variety of cultures for a very long time. The first records of using emeralds date to 4000 BC, and there is hardly a major culture on earth that did not praise or attribute unique qualities to this beautiful gemstone.


The emerald is one of the four precious gemstones, the other three being the diamond, the ruby and the sapphire.

 Compared to the ruby and the sapphire which rate 9 on Mohs scale of hardness, the emerald is the softest of all four precious gemstones (it rates 7.5-8).

This might explain the tendency to couple the emerald with the diamond (which is the strongest of all substances on earth (10 on Mohs scale). However, it is interesting to note that carat for carat the emerald is considered more valuable than the diamond.


So, the emerald and diamond combo does look like a helpful and harmonious partnership, doesn't it?

(The emerald is the green variety of beryl, which comes in many colors. If the beryl has more blue than green, then it is an aquamarine; if it contains more pink colour, then it is a morganite.)


In ancient times most emeralds came from India and Egypt. Today, the majority of emeralds come from Colombia and Zambia. The emerald can also be found in Austria, Germany, Russia, China, Norway, Spain and many other countries.

It is important to distinguish between natural emeralds and man-made ones (also called lab made or synthetically made emeralds). 


The emerald was seen as a symbol of fidelity in many cultures, as well as used to express love and devotion; it was also commonly used in engagement rings. This sure explains a bit more the connection between the emerald and the diamond!

Here are some of the most popular properties attributed to this beautiful gemstone.

The emerald:

  • Improves eyesight
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Protects from spells
  • Promotes honesty and trust
  • Attracts good luck
  • Increases well-being
  • Dissolves negativity
  • Restores hope
  • Brings harmony

The emerald represents the month of May (of course!), is considered the birthstone of the astrological sign of Taurus and the Chinese zodiac sign of the Goat.

The emerald is also the birthstone of those born on Tuesday or Thursday as it represents the energy of these two days of the week.

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