According to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Egyptians emerald was as a gift from the great god Thoth. The green color of the emerald reminds of spring, and considered a symbol of eternal youth. The Egyptians called the emerald “stone of the goddess Isis,” and attributed to it many abilities. In particular, to turn dreams into reality, read minds, see the past and predict the future. Also, according to belief, the emerald rewarded human loyalty and constant love. Considered the best gift for pregnant women, this stone was the patron saint of expectant mothers. Widely used in ancient Egyptian jewelry, many people wanted to put the gem in their tombs. In the XV-XVII centuries Russia emerald was the stone of wisdom and composure, and for this quality Alexander Pushkin wore his emerald ring.
On one side – engraved prayers, on the other – ornaments of flowers. This legendary emerald was purchased by an unknown person 28 September 2001 at Christie’s auction for $ 2.2 million. Noteworthy, Islamic countries positively perceived green emerald as a magic stone. Christian tradition, on the contrary, finds its magical stone from hell. According to legend, the largest emerald fell to the ground from the helmet of Lucifer, while he was expelling from the heaven. The Holy Grail has been cut from this particular emerald.
Considered a powerful talisman for the healing of eyesight, ancient people used it also in the treatment of snakebite.
Alchemist installation for the production of the philosopher’s stone, which is able to turn base metals into gold and give immortality, (according to alchemists) written on the Emerald Tablet. In the history of myths, this tablet is a huge emerald which bears the postulates of the occult sciences. This emerald was allegedly found near the mummy of Egyptian god of wisdom, Thoth, who is identified with Hermes.
In Central Asia, people believed that who wears an emerald, sees no dreams, embarrassing spirit. Besides, Emerald strengthens the heart, removes the bitterness, rescues from epilepsy and evil spirits. If emerald is framed in gold, and used as a seal, the owner of it insured against the pestilence, from the spell of love and lack of sleep.
Attenbury emeralds – the modern detective story, in which Lord Peter Wimsey must solve several puzzles associated with emeralds.
This brooch has an interesting history, here young Queen Victoria, on portraits by Thomas Sully in 1838. The jeweler received a medal for these cameos at the World Expo 1851.