May Gemstone: Emerald

Receiving a piece of emerald jewelry can certainly make one’s heart race—and not just from excitement: the emerald is one of the most activating of all heart chakra stones. It’s also the only stone directly associated with the goddess Venus, the numero uno love goddess of both heaven and earth. Metaphysically, the emerald elevates feelings of love and loyalty into higher realms, with the ultimate purpose being to merge human love with that of the spiritual Divine.

“METAPHYSICALLY, THE EMERALD ELEVATES FEELINGS OF LOVE AND LOYALTY INTO HIGHER REALMS, WITH THE ULTIMATE PURPOSE BEING TO MERGE HUMAN LOVE WITH THAT OF THE SPIRITUAL DIVINE.”

The word emerald comes from the Sanskrit word “marakata,” which means “the green of growing things.” Quite appropriate for it to be the birthstone of May, the month when nature is bursting with new growth, reminding us that every living thing is eternally starting over.  Remember this when you’re depressed—it will help lift your low mood, as will holding your emerald and allowing your gaze to become lost in its vibrant green color. You can also do this before bed to induce peaceful dreams.

If you’re not sure if a personal desire is coming from the heart or the ego, use your emerald as a powerful aid in meditation when looking inside yourself. The stone encourages personal authenticity and loyalty to your “higher self.”   

Even though it is associated with love and romance, you don’t often see it in engagement rings. This is because emeralds aren’t as hard as diamonds or sapphires and aren’t recommended for everyday wear. Better to invest in an emerald necklace and wear the pendant on a long chain close to your heart… or find a raw specimen and tuck inside your bra. Legend states that if the green of your emerald becomes less vivid, someone in your life is being unfaithful. Rather than waste your time trying to figure out who it is, do some self-inventory and make sure you are being faithful to the highest version of yourself. If the unfaithful one is revealed, assure them they are forgiven—and a new emerald could help you forget.