Mercury portrait on a bronze/ Emerald, Stone of Travelers, By Rc 13. CC BY-SA 3.0

Emerald, Stone of Travelers

The Emerald is known as the protection stone of travelers. This is because Mercury is the messenger of the God of travel, and Mercury has been associated with the Emerald from ancient mythology.  The Emerald with it’s beautiful green color, is May’s natal stone. If you are taking a trip in May, take along this stone of travelers for protection!

Emeralds are very old. Many tools dating back to 1300 BC, during the Ramses second reign, have been found in the Emerald mines in Egypt. The foundation of the Pharaohs wealth came from the Emeralds in the Red Sea Vicinity. It’s believed that Cleopatra ‘s Emeralds originated from the mines in southern Egypt, near the Red Sea.

One of the famous Emerald historic artifacts is the “Crown of the Andes”.  It is made of 450 emeralds, and is 1523 carats. It was worn by Atahualpa, the last Inca King of Peru. As of December 2015, the crown belongs to the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The largest and highest quality of Emeralds were produced in Colombia. Around 1830, Emeralds were discovered and mined in the aural mountains of Russia. Emeralds are also mined in Austria, Australia, Brazil, India, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan, Zambia, and North Carolina in the United States.

Emerald fragments are still used today to stabilize vision, to strengthen a weak eye. The green emerald symbolizes “Hope and Development”. It is known as the all purpose healing stone. It is also a traditional gift for those celebrating 20th or 35th anniversaries. Emeralds are relatively strong gemstones, registering 7.5 – 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.

The Emerald is attuned to Archangels Haniel, Jophiel, Raziel, and Raphael bringing the wearer deepen Consciousness and Spirituality.

Happy Birthday to All of My May Babies:  Doreen, Enid, Dickey, Mimi, Pat, Tanya,and Louis. Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Memorial Day wherever your travels take you!

Please note that the  Mercury portrait on a bronze is by Rc 13. CC BY-SA 3.0.