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Historical Uses of Planetary Gemstones

The beneficial effects of astrological gemstones have been recognized
throughout history.  In ancient times, entire robes worn by royalty were covered
with brilliant gemstones. Kings and queens would wear precious gems known as
the crown jewels on the posts of their crowns. The gems were worn not only
because they were beautiful and valuable, but also because they served as
antennae to pick up the  electromagnetic vibrations from the planets and
transmit them, by means of a conducting metal such as gold, right into the
wearers’ heads. The effect of this would be to sharpen their minds and
bring clarity and insight to their thinking and decision-making abilities.

The Romans wore coral as a charm against lightning, tempest, shipwreck and
fire. It was also regarded as a protection against envious persons. Coral would
warn its wearer of sickness by losing its color, which would return when health returned to its wearer. In Rome, the aristocracy would drink from cups made
of rock crystal. When Pompey returned to Rome in triumph, thirty three
crowns fashioned chiefly of pearl were carried aloft in the procession.
Ruby was regarded as an antidote for poison and as a defense
against plague because of its blood-purifying properties. 

The Turks attached amber to the tips of their pipes to prevent infection when
smoking. The Greeks believed that to drink wine from an amethyst goblet
would prevent intoxication. Blue sapphire was considered by the Greeks
to have the power to ensure chastity in one’s spouse. It was also believed
to be a protection against evil and dark forces and to protect its wearer
from captivity. Emerald was thought to have the power to restore tired
or weakened eyesight. It was believed that serpents would be
blinded if they looked at an emerald.