emerald

equilibrium .  insight .  creativity

birthstone:  May
anniversary:  20th, 35th

According to Indian lore, the word emerald comes from Sanskrit and means "the green of growing things".  Emeralds have been revered across many civilizations for over 6,000 years.  They were worshiped by the Incas, considered symbols of eternal life in ancient Egypt, and valued as gems of good luck in India and China.

Emerald is known as a stone of well-being, able to bring equilibrium and harmony to all areas of life.  It is said to promote soundness of mind and memory retention.  Emerald is believed to facilitate inner vision and bring unconscious truths to the conscious mind.  It can help in work that requires visionary insight, and is an excellent stone for activating artistic creativity.