Research to help decide which Emerald to wear so as to get Spiritual Benefits

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Emerald is a much sought-after gemstone, cherished especially by royalty. Cleopatra, the legendary queen of Egypt, was said to be obsessed with emeralds. Emerald is a part of the beryl family that consists of very popular and expensive gemstones such as Aquamarine (which is blue-green to blue), Bixbite (red), Goshenite (colourless), Maxixe (bright blue) and Morganite (pink).

Beryls are high in Pruthvitattva (Absolute Earth Principle) and Apatattva (Absolute Water) Principle). They also consist of Tejtattva (Absolute Fire Principle) in low proportion, and this contributes to the various glorious colours of the gemstones in the family. However, though all these gemstones are very attractive, with the exception of emerald, their sattvikata (Spiritual purity) is low.

Hence, they have low value from the perspective of spiritual benefit. Emerald has high sattvikata and the ability to imbibe and emit Chaitanya (Divine consciousness). This is why, it has been included among the Navaratnas.

Emerald is among the ‘Famous Four’ along with diamond, ruby and sapphire. Most people tend to think that diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of gemstones. However, unknown to most of us, carat for carat, emeralds are even more expensive than diamonds. This is because emeralds are about 20 times rarer than diamonds. This is why, they command a proportionately higher price.

From the perspective of astrology, emeralds are associated with the Budhha graha (Mercury). Since Mercury is associated with the intellect, a benevolent Mercury graces the individual with high intellect. This in turn helps the individual gain mastery over the aspired ones from amongst the 14 Vidyas (Knowledge-forms) and 64 Kalas (Art-forms). Hence, it is very important during the student phase of our life.

The spiritual benefit from wearing a gemstone stems from the attraction of the Principle of the Planet associated with it. Gemstones are high in Pruthvitattva, low in Apatattva and marginal in Tejtattva. This is why, the spiritual benefit from wearing any gemstone can be a maximum of 20 per cent.

In this article, we have explained how the Four C’s – Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight, as also some other variables affect the actual spiritual benefit obtained from wearing an emerald.

1. Colour : Though primarily green, emeralds come in a variety of hues ranging from blue-green to yellow-green to deep green. If the hue is too bluish or yellowish, the stone is not emerald, but a different variety of beryl. Its value also drops accordingly.

Their tone also varies. However, only medium to dark-toned gemstones are considered emeralds. Light in tone is called ‘Green beryl’. The traditional deep green and bright emerald emits the highest proportion of Tejtattva. This colour helps attract and imbibe the Mercury Principle in a higher proportion, thus increasing the proportion of sattvikata in the emerald. Accordingly, a correspondingly higher proportion of sattvikata is emitted into the environment. Hence, the deep green colour emerald is most beneficial from the perspective of spiritual benefit.

2. Clarity : ‘Opacity’ is a characteristic of Pruthvi-tattva, whereas ‘Clarity’ or trans-parency is the characteristic of Apatattva. Since Apatattva is more subtle than Pruthvitattva, emeralds with higher clarity are more spiritually beneficial than those on the opaque side. This is why, an emerald with higher clarity is superior in quality than one with more carat weight. The clarity (owing to the higher presence of Apatattva) attracts purer form of Mercury Principle in higher proportion towards the emerald and emits it into the environment at the level of the Tejtattva.

3. Cut : The cut of a gemstone is one of the most important deciding factors in its appearance. Emeralds are cut in various shapes. The image given ahead shows the various popular cuts. The number in brackets along the name of each cut is the percentage of the spiritual benefit obtained from an emerald with that cut, all other variables such as colour, clarity, carat weight being the same.

The ‘Trapiche’ is actually not a cut, it is naturally found in this form. The table ahead gives an idea of the spiritual purity of the emerald depending on the cut. It will also explain why the octagonal cut gives maximum spiritual benefit and why the trapiche emerald is detrimental.

* Since the ‘Trapiche’ cut is Raja-Tama predominant, distressing vibrations are emitted by such an emerald into the environment. This is why, instead of giving any benefit, wearing an emerald with this cut may in fact be detrimental.

4. Carat weight : Emeralds come in a variety of sizes from extremely tiny ones that weigh fractions of a carat to those that weigh hundreds of carats. The largest uncut emerald is said to be the Bahia emerald weighing 1.8 lakh carats in its uncut form ! The Mim emerald weighing 1.39 thousand carats is the largest cut emerald ! All other variables remaining the same, the price of emerald increases dramatically with the size. Though the carat weight doesn’t affect emerald quality, it definitely affects its price. According to a recent price guide, a fine quality 3 carat Colombian emerald was 6 times more valuable than 3 equivalent quality 1 carat emeralds. However, from the spiritual perspective, emeralds in the range of 2 to 4 carat on the lower side and 5 to 8 carat on the higher side are the most beneficial.

5. Hardness/fragility : Emeralds can be very hard. They are known to have high hardness of up to 8 Mohs. However, they’re also more brittle than other members of the beryl family due to their many inclusions. The hardness of emeralds is due to its inherent Pruthvitattva and the fragility is due to Apatattva. The hard emerald is long-lasting. Extreme hardness and fragility are detrimental from the spiritual perspective. It is the emeralds in the medium range that are the most spiritually beneficial.

6. Treatment to remove inclusions : Emeralds in their natural form have a lot of inclusions. These reduce their clarity. This is why, certain heat and/or chemical treatments are done to remove the inclusions and make them more clear and transparent. Since the spiritual benefit of an emerald is directly proportional to its clarity, treating the raw emerald to increase its clarity is beneficial. However, if the treatment is excessive the spiritual purity reduces. Hence, it is important to limit the treatment to just enough to bring clarity to the gemstone.

7. Emerald look-alikes : Many gemstones such as Tsavorite, Mint grossular garnet, Chrome Tourmaline, Verdelite, Peridot, etc. look like emeralds. Their unique feature is that they have very few inclusions. Hence, they are clean and do not require any treatment. This is why, they are available at prices much lower than that of emeralds. However, their sattvikata being low, they do not provide any spiritual benefit.

8. Natural, synthetic and imitation emeralds : Natural emeralds are found in mines in raw form. Due to their rarity, they are extremely expensive. Synthetic emeralds are lab-created, have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as a natural emerald. The methods used to create synthetic emeralds require expensive laboratory equipment. Hence, they are expensive, but not as a natural emerald. Imitations of emerald include glass, Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG), Green Cubic Zirconia (CZ), etc. Though they are very similar to emeralds in appearance, their physical and optical properties are very different from emeralds. The quality of emerald depends on its colour, clarity, shape and weight.

On all Four C’s, the natural emerald is much better than the synthetic and imitation emeralds. This is why, its ability to absorb and emit sattvikata is much higher. Hence, it is advisable to wear natural emeralds. Also, the Raja-Tama are high in the synthetic and imitation emeralds. Consequently, higher proportion of distressing vibrations are attracted to them. As a result, wearing of synthetic and imitation emeralds is detrimental rather than beneficial.

9. Spiritual relationship between diamond and emerald : Heera-Panna is a very famously paired word. Heera and Panna are Hindi words for diamond and emerald respectively. Diamond is associated with Venus and emerald is associated with Mercury.However, even though Mercury has a benevolent relationship with Venus, it is not advisable to wear diamond and emerald together. Since the energy in both is very different, a positive effect when worn together is not guaranteed.

Hence, it is better to wear one gemstone at a time. From this perspective, it is best to wear the gemstone associated with one’s Zodiac sign.

10. Beliefs about emeralds : A variety of beliefs about emeralds are found across the globe. Consider the following beliefs. If the emerald does not suit you, wearing it may result in :

A. Physical illnesses such as throat and skin conditions.

B. Mental distress, leading to psychological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia.

C. Financial loss

These adverse effects can take place if Mercury is not ruling your Zodiac sign or is in a malevolent position. This can be avoided by wearing emeralds as per the advice of astrologers.

The belief that emeralds are good as a support stone for the workplace since it improves memory and visionary insight is true. However, the belief that you can attract romantic love by wearing an emerald near the heart is not true.

We hope that these pointers will help our readers select sattvik emerald jewellery and thus benefit from it spiritually.

Authors : Paratpar Guru (Dr.) Athavale (Founder of Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay) and Dr. (Mrs.) Nandini Samant (Maharshi Adhyatma Vishwavidyalay research team member, Goa.)

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