Emeralds. Cleopatra draped herself in them. Their rich, cool green tone played off of Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes in the 1960s.Unlike the red ruby, which is a blatant statement of passionate love, the emerald conveys a more complex set of symbolism and emotions.It encourages growth, reflection, peace and balance. It also represents healing and fertility.When you give an emerald, you are showing a dash of humility. The stone has also been linked to healing and balance within the nervous, digestive and respiratory systems, in particular.Ancient Romans, for example, felt that the very soul of an individual was restored when they wore emerald jewelry.