Emerald is called Haridra Ratna or Somya in Sanskrit and Panna or Hara Panna in Hindi. Emerald is worn to provide extra strength to Mercury. This gemstone transfers energy of Mercury into the body of the wearer and through such energy, Mercury may gain extra strength in his horoscope as well as in his aura.
Emerald is available in different colors and shades of green; ranging from light green, medium dark green to dark green and some varieties of Emerald are also available in Parrot green. The color and clarity of this gemstone are two important aspects to look for when purchasing Emerald.
Depending on the overall horoscopes, different colours of Emerald may be suitable for different natives. Some may benefit more by wearing dark Emeralds whereas some others may benefit more by wearing light ones. Appropriate weight of this gemstone is an important factor. Different weights may be suitable for different natives, depending on their overall horoscopes. In general, weights between 3 and 8 carats of this gemstone are suitable for most people.
Mercury represents cleverness, intellect, analytical abilities, speech, communication, mathematical skills; and a number of other things in general. Depending on which houses it rules in a horoscope, it may represent a number of other things and people for the native. For example, if Mercury rules the fourth and seventh house in a horoscope; it represents mother, home, family, community, nation, traditions, beliefs, security, education, properties, vehicles, mental health, emotional wellbeing, peace of mind, the event of marriage, happiness in marriage, longevity of marriage, husband, wife, partnerships, alliances, genitals and many other things; in addition to its general significances.
Though this gemstone may produce wonderful results when Mercury is benefic in the horoscope of the wearer, it may cause serious problems when Mercury is malefic in the horoscope of the wearer. Hence care should be taken when wearing Emerald.
When buying Emerald, you should get a lab test report with it. The report should mention ‘Natural Emerald’ along with other details. This tells you that the Emerald has been made through natural processes and it is not fake.
Emerald is generally worn on the Little finger of right hand in Silver or Gold. However, based on a native’s requirements as well as on his overall horoscope, it may be worn on some other finger or in a pendant or bracelet.
Vedic astrology recommends practicing some procedures before wearing Emerald. They include purification and energization of this gemstone. Since these procedures have already been discussed in the chapter for Ruby; we’ll skip them and move on.
Once you’ve got your duly purified (optional) and energized (optional) Emerald, fitted in a ring, pendant or bracelet; the next step is to wear it. Vedic astrology recommends that Emerald should be worn on a Wednesday morning, when wearing it for the first time. Before wearing Emerald for the first time, you should put the ring, pendant or bracelet in Gangajal (water of Holy River Ganga) or in a mixture of unboiled milk and pure water for about 12 hours prior to wearing it. This means you should do so on a Tuesday evening so that you may wear it on the following Wednesday morning.
You should take bath on the chosen Wednesday morning, sit or stand in front of the ring, pendant or bracelet and you should chant Mool Mantra or Beej mantra of Mercury for 108 times or 27 times. After doing so, you should take the Emerald ring, Pendant or bracelet and you should rinse it with clean water, in case you had put it in a mixture of unboiled milk and water. You should then wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it.
If you had put it in Gangajal, simply wipe it with a clean cloth and wear it. In case you’ve got it purified through Vedic procedures, you don’t need to put it in Gangajal or a mixture of unboiled milk and water. In such case, simply keep it at a clean place after purification and wear it on the chosen morning after chanting Mantras.
For the sake of convenience, here are Mool Mantra and Beej Mantra of Mercury:
Mercury Mool Mantra: Om Budhaay Namah
Mercury Beej Mantra: Om Braam Breem Braum Sah Budhaay Namah
You may wear your Emerald anytime between 6 AM to 11 AM in the morning, when wearing it for the first time. Though more specific details about timing may be obtained specifically based on your horoscope; they may not be needed. Once you have worn it, you may keep wearing it permanently; unless you’re asked to wear it for a specific period of time. If you wish or need; you may take off this gemstone for an hour or two as that may not compromise the results given by this gemstone.
However, removing Emerald for days and months may gradually reverse the effects given by this gemstone. Hence this practice should be avoided.