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Taurus' astrological gem is the emerald.

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Emeralds are a precious stone that can be recognized by their stunning green color. An extremely valuable stone, many people don't know that large emeralds of excellent quality are sometimes valued above diamonds.

The emerald is said to promote creativity and perception. It also acts as a natural tranquilizer when you are worried or your mind is troubled. Emeralds symbolize serenity, success in love, wealth, happiness and peace of mind. In addition, when a Taurus person wears an emerald, it's supposed to improve the memory, helps insomnia, strengthen the immune system, help with eye sight, and even restore youth. When Taurus ladies have children, wearing an emerald is even rumored to help in childbirth!

Emeralds in Legend:

Emeralds have been treasured for thousands of years. The love of emeralds dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome. It is said that Cleopatra was always adorned in emeralds and that this was her most treasured jewelry. The earliest emeralds date from the Ptolemaic era (320-30 B.C.). To the ancient Romans, the emerald was dedicated to Venus, the Goddess of Beauty, and symbolized the reproductive forces of nature. To the early Christians, it represented resurrection.

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