Green Gems (such as Emeralds) and Associations
The Colour green is Synonymous with growth and nature, and is known for both it’s healing and relaxing properties.
Most theatres and television studios have “Green Rooms” where actors and actresses relax before performances.
When worn by men, the colour green is said to signify joyousness and transitory hope. In antiquity, when green was worn by women it was believed to represent childish delight and a will to change.
The colour is associated with the planet of Mercury and also Wednesdays, and in ancient times the graves of young virgins were said to be covered with green foliage. The colour has long been associated with sight and to that end has been said to help with forward thinking.
Theophrastus, a famous Greek philosopher, wrote about the benefits Emeralds would have on one’s eyesight.
The most famous of all green gemstones is the Emerald. This gem is more heavily included than others. Its vivid shades are said to aid the circulation of energy in the body and help remove energy blocks.
Less included gemstones include Green Sapphire, Peridot, Apatite, Serpentine and Jadeite. The colour green is also found in gems which are normally another colour such as Alexandrite, which is often described as “Emerald by day and Ruby by night” due to it changing colour in different lights.
Emeralds are renown for their incomparable colour. The Emerald has been prized for millennia. The ancient Egyptians mined Emeralds as early as 3000 BC, from the source that was by the Red Sea which was later known as “Cleopatra’s Mines”. She was the legendary beauty and was known to adore the gem.
The vivid green of the Emerald symbolizes spring and rebirth in many traditions. Emerald also has strong ties to Love, The ancient Romans dedicated the colour green to Venus, the goddess of love. In the middle ages, Emerald was used to foresee the future and also to protect against evil spirits.