Superstitions regarding Gems and Precious Metals

pitlane Lần cập nhật cuối: 17 Tháng Mười, 2015

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but all gem stones have been attributed with special powers throughout history. The study or belief in the healing or fortune telling properties of gem stones is called gemology. Whether you believe in supernatural powers of gem stones, or simply enjoy them for their beauty, the history of gemology is quite fascinating. Here are just a few of the ways that gem stones have been revered through the ages.

Medicine

The use of gemstones for medicinal purposes dates as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. Lapis lazuli was used to treat melancholy and fever, and was also an ingredient in eye balm, as it was widely held to cure maladies of the eye. Blue sapphire was also believed to have eye-healing properties, and it was also used to treat someone stung by a scorpion. (1)

Both rubies and garnets were thought to have the power to stop the flow of blood, probably due to their red color. Italian amulets of red jasper were believed to have magical properties when worn, such as the cure of hemorrhages or wounds. (2)

In India, high quality diamonds were used for medicinal purposes, such as for curing insanity and various infections. Poor quality diamonds, on the other hand, were believed to cause ill health, and even lameness. (3)

During the time of the Black Plague, jacinth was a popular stone. The jacinth was believed to ward off the plague, as well as indicate to the bearer if someone was infected by the plague close by. (4)

Battle

Many cultures throughout history have revered the diamond for its powerful properties. If worn in battle, it was said to give fortitude and courage to the bearer, sometimes even invincibility. (3) Amethyst is also credited with the power to protect soldiers and hunters. (4)

The pearl on the other hand, while considered lucky by most people today, was not considered so by the people of the Sulu Archipelago. If a man found a nautilus pearl during battle, it was an omen that he was sure to be killed. (4)

In Burma, people believed that by inserting rubies into their skin, they could make themselves invincible. They were also used as gun ammunition, as they were believed to cause much more damage than regular lead bullets. (2) Talk about some expensive ammo, and incredibly painful body armor!

Spiritual Protection

Many cultures have innumerable superstitions regarding the spirit realm. Have you ever wondered why you cover your mouth when you yawn? The practice started as a means to protect one’s self from an evil spirit entering the mouth while yawning. In the same way, silver earrings and other silver jewelry have been known to protect people from evil spirits entering any one of the five orifices. (5)

Red Jasper is also said to be able to protect from evil spirits, and carbuncle is said to ward off evil thoughts and dreams. (2)

Ancient Greeks believed in the power of the opal to give its bearer foresight and the gift of prophecy. (6)

So, the next time you don your fingers or any other body part with a precious metal or stone, think of the rich history that stone possesses. And who knows? It just might bring you love or good fortune!

Sources:

1. http://gemstones.shockv2.net/viewtopic.php?t=10
2. http://gemstones.shockv2.net/viewtopic.php?t=8
3. http://gemstones.shockv2.net/viewtopic.php?t=6
4. http://gemstones.shockv2.net/viewtopic.php?t=11
5. http://www.articlesbase.com/jewelry-articles/the-beginners-guide-for-silver-jewellery-superstitions-1107414.html
6. http://gemstones.shockv2.net/viewtopic.php?t=7

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