- The legends behind the green emerald pendants
Emerald is a gemstone having a variety of minerals which is green in color. The color green is as a result of chromium and vanadium. As the name suggests, grading of emeralds depends on the degree of pure green hue and transparency. This green component of emeralds gives further description to its definition by the American Jewelry Industry of 1960s. For this reason, emeralds containing vanadium and which people are purchasing in the United States are not emeralds in the UK and Europe. This mystery surrounding the green emerald pendants qualifies to be a legend just like its transformation throughout history.
Trading in green emerald pendants
Diamonds are forever but green emerald pendants may be divine. Nobody really knows the origins of these pendants. National geographic remarks that trade in emeralds move off the records, is unseen and goes deeper into a market that is called black. The earliest record of emerald trading lies in Babylonian records. Almost every high quality green emerald pendant is a product of smuggling at one point or the other in history. So when one looks at a green emerald pendant, just imagine the legend behind it.
The desert oasis
Another legend has it that discovery of emeralds is about 4000 years ago in the Cleopatra mines. These mines which lie about 400 miles southeast of Cairo were in existence long before Cleopatra’s reign. Yet again, there is a begging question as to how long the precious green emerald pendant has been in existence. Eventually, the mines bear the name Cleopatra due to her affinity for the precious gems. These pendants are not only precious in our present times but evidently during ancient periods. Production of emeralds would go on in these mines throughout the ages until 1237 CE and there is no mention of emerald trading from this region thereafter.
The Legend of the goddess ‘Umina’
Until the conquest of the Spaniards, unknown to the rest of the world is fact that South America has some of most beautiful emeralds. According to this legend, the Incas have a huge egg the size of an ostrich one which they worship in belief that it is an incarnation of their goddess ‘Umina’. They bring her smaller emeralds believing it is her daughters. The Spaniards raid the temple and take all the emeralds they find there but are not lucky to find a queen.
Modern times Emerald legends
Traditionally, emeralds are associated with true love and change color when a partner is unfaithful. In some parts of the world green emerald pendants are worn for protection. Some people believe they help one see into the future. In conclusion, these green emerald pendants are precious gemstones with a lot of history behind them and lack a source of origin.