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How the Greeks learnt about emeralds!


The Mogul Emerald - only known emerald of the Mogul Period; dated near 1695; 10cm tall; weighs 217.8 carats; with intricate floral design including a rosette with poppies and foliage on one side; an Islamic prayer on the other; sold at an auction in London for $2.2 million (US).

The Mogul Emerald - only known emerald of the Mogul Period; dated near 1695; 10cm tall; weighs 217.8 carats; with intricate floral design including a rosette with poppies and foliage on one side; an Islamic prayer on the other; sold at an auction in London for $2.2 million (US).

Original Greek Word: σμάραγδος
Transliteration: smaragdos
Phonetic Spelling: smar’-ag-dos
Short Definition: emerald

via Strong’s Greek Dictionary: 4665. smaragdos.

From smaragdos, to esmeralde to emerald. The Greek word smaragdos, seems to be derived from Sanskrit word smarak-dosh.

Emerald is something that supposedly cures poor memory – a curative for smarak-dosh! Interesting that Indian astrology, gemmology and ayurvedic ideas affected Greece so deeply!

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