Historical Uses

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.

Calice_du_sacre_TauThe 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.