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Article: Symbolology of Colombian emeralds


Symbolology of Colombian emeralds

Throughout history the emeralds have had different meanings both for those who possess them, and to those who give them to a loved one.

For some romantics, emerald represents love and passion, for other cultures it means elegance and wealth. Below we will tell you about its most important meanings and how it is recognized in some parts of the world.

Meaning of emeralds

Emeralds have been valued and symbolized in many cultures throughout history. Here are some of the most common meanings associated with emeralds:

1. Wisdom: In ancient Greece, emeralds were associated with the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Using emeralds was believed to help the person gain knowledge and wisdom.

2. Love: Emeralds have also been used as a symbol of love and fidelity. It is believed that the energy of the emerald helps to maintain a strong and lasting loving relationship.

3. Protection: In some cultures, emeralds have been used as amulets of protection against eye evil and other dangers.

4. Renaissance: Emeralds have also been associated with rebirth and regeneration. It is believed that the energy of the emerald helps the person overcome obstacles and reborn as a stronger and wiser person.

5. Abundance: In some cultures, emeralds have been used as a symbol of wealth and abundance. The energy of the emerald is believed to help attract prosperity and good fortune.

It is important to bear in mind that the symbolism of emeralds can vary according to culture and historical epoch.

Cultures and emeralds

In different cultures, emeralds have had different meanings, these are some of the most important:

  • Egyptian culture: Of all the cultures of the world, the Egyptians were the most interested in emeralds. It is known that Cleopatra, the great empress, was a faithful emerald lover. During his empire, it was known that emeralds were considered symbols of fertility and rebirth.
  • Greek culture: In ancient Greece, emeralds were believed to have healing properties and could improve the memory and intelligence of those who carried them in amulets.
  • Aztec culture: It is believed that for the Aztecs, the most recognized culture in Mexico, the emeralds were considered sacred, and on many occasions, they were used in religious ceremonies.

In general, emeralds have been valued for their beauty and rarity in many cultures throughout history.

Emeralds in producer countries

The meaning of emeralds may vary from country to country. For example:

  • In Colombia: Colombia is one of the world's leading emerald producers, here, in addition to the fact that green stones are considered an important part of national identity, are used in traditional jewelry being synonymous with elegance and love.
  • In Brazil: Brazil is the number one country in emerald exports, perhaps this is why emeralds are associated with wealth and abundance there.
  • In Zambia: emeralds are believed to have healing properties in Zambia. They are more used as protective amulets and as stones with esoteric energies.
  • In India: In India, although emeralds are associated with astrology and are believed to have a positive effect on people's lives. As in other African countries, rather than luxury jewelry, emeralds are protective gems.

Paula A. Bonilla 

Social communicator and journalist from Sergio Arboleda University in Colombia. She is also a jeweler and is passionate about constantly learning about precious gems and national high jewelry.

Currently, she is working for one of Bogotá's most important jewelry stores, Emerald by Love. This jewelry store has over 40 years of experience and has 2 physical branches in the capital city of Colombia, located in the city center.


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