Emerald History and Tradition
Emerald is one of the most storied gemstones in history.
For more than 6000 years it has been cherished for its gorgeous green colour and the tradition is endless.
Emerald's charm dates back to ancient times. They were known as the most precious gemstones, and some people even claimed that they had supernatural powers.
Emeralds have also been known as the "Kings' Jewel."
Emerald is regarded as the traditional birthstone for May and the traditional gemstone for the astrological sign of Cancer. It’s also the gem of the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries. Ancient Egyptians believed that Emerald represented fertility and rebirth.
Emerald is also assosciated with greek goddess Venus who represented love and beauty.
Since Antiquity, Emerald 's magnificent green colour has soothed souls and excited imaginations. Its name is originated from "smaragdus," the ancient Greek word for green.
The first recognized emerald mines, dating from at least 330 BC to the 1700s, were in Egypt.
It was known that Cleopatra had a love for the emerald and used it in her imperial adornments.
India has the greatest tradition of emerald appreciation. In the days of the Indian Maharajahs, men only wore the most exquisite and exotic pieces of jewellery as a token of rank and wealth, and emeralds were at the core of these ornamental pieces.