What are Emeralds ?
For thousands of years, emeralds have been mined and are considered one of the worlds most valuable jewels. The history of emeralds dates back to ancient Egypt, when they were particularly coveted by Queen Cleopatra. Emeralds are found in several locations around the world, but the most highly prized are Colombian emeralds. Some of the rarest and most expensive emeralds in the world have come from the three main mining areas of Colombia : Muzo, Coscuez and Chivor. Emeralds have been mined in these regions long before the Spanish conquistadors arrived.
The name "emerald" is believed to have come from the ancient Persian word, translated to latin as "Swaragdus" and eventually over time became know as "emerald". It is a stone that was worshipped by the Incas and they amassed huge quantities of emeralds from the province of quite. Many cultures throughout the centuries have believed thhat emeralds have enormous power in different ways. During the middle ages it was believed that it would keep a woman chaste. Not surprisingly, the same was not believed to be true for a man. It was also said that emeralds enabled people to foretell the future, if put on the tongue or worn on the left side of the body. Emeralds were also believed to reveal what was true or false and was said to be a sure antidote for enchantments and spells. They were also believed to give eloquence in speech and make people more intelligent and honest.
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