cool rush of vitality
For most of Western as well as Eastern history, emeralds were celebrated
by cultures as the currency of the realm for their luster, scarcity and association
with the divine. Our desire for them traces through our entire shared memory.
The word emerald is thousands of years old. Since 330 BC, Egypt has held the oldest known mines, where they were worn to signify your leadership and wealth.
Emeralds were considered the precious gemstone from early antiquity until recently.
The colour green relates to our concept of wealth, the colour literally calms you with its natural links with abundance, food and plenty. We see green light more clearly and vividly than other colours, our eyes are designed to identify emerald, it's simultaneously soothing and stimulating, as in 'Come this way ~ things are good over here'
and 'good to go'
In the Middle East its a holy colour and in Islam green is the colour of the prophet's cloak, the colour of Osiris skin, the rising god of Ancient Egypt, and in Asia the colour of royalty 'imperial jade'
Emerald is abundance, freedom and choice.
And is genuinely rare. Emeralds only occur in a few places of the world, it takes two disparate continental plates slamming together to create them.
Emeralds shine with what's called 'vitreous luster'
which means they look wet or glossy. They are beryl crystals and emeralds are the only beryls considered precious gems, they literally glow.
The gems are a mixture of chromium and beryllium, two very rare elements, which are non-existent together as minerals geologically speaking. They come in only tiny amounts in different parts of the earth's crust. Chromium is found in the ancient oceanic crust. Beryl in newer igneous rocks.
The Romeo & Juliet of elements.
Under no normal circumstances would these rare substances find each other. For emeralds to form, dawn of creation rocks in the ocean's crust had to come crashing
into the floor of a continental shelf with incredible, literally earth moving force,
which has happened only a few times. It's called Orogenesis ~ the making of mountains. Plates crash into the continent pushing upwards into jagged peaks while super heated water and dissolved minerals get forced through crevices.
This is how the Himalayas and the Andes were formed.
And how emeralds were made with luminous glow from intense energy.
Suture zones crushed into existence some superheated water with dissolved chromium from the sea floor and this streamed into chambers of mountain rock, a few of those places contained beryl growing crystals turning the pale stones into glowing emeralds.
A rare and extraordinary phenomenon, this event
in the earth's 4.54 billion year geological history.
Japanese gorgeous goddess
adorned with pure pearl silk organza and our lapis lazuli silk velvet
and Juliet's Murano glass and gold necklace