Through time, the emerald has been known as a symbol of truth and love. In ancient Greece and Rome, emerald was said to be the gemstone of the goddess Venus, purveyor of love and hope. On the other side of the world, emeralds were revered by the Incas and believed by the Egyptians to be a source of eternal life. Emeralds were considered to be a gift from Thoth, the ancient god of wisdom. The emerald is also known as a stone of intuition, associated with sight and the revelation of future events and truths.
The emerald is believed by many to be a healing gemstone for ailments of the body and mind. Many ancient healers believed that wearing or being near an emerald would promote wellness of the heart. Additionally, some thought the green color and soothing properties of the emerald would bring relief to the eyes and heal vision ailments. In ancient times, to treat the eyes, emerald were soaked in water overnight, and the water was poured over the eyes. Because of their mythological rejuvenating qualities, emeralds are thought to revitalize tired organs and treat parts of the body like the kidneys, pancreas and the immune system.
Emeralds are also believed to have a soothing energy that generates freshness and vitality in the spirit of the wearer. A stone that embodies patience and compassion, the stone imbues the wearer with those same qualities while enhancing mental clarity and focus. When kept in the workplace, the emerald is said to have an energy that promotes creativity and harmony among team members. It is thought to bring focus and activate creativity.