For millennia, people have used gemstones principally for ornamental purposes. However, in both ancient and modern times, cultures all over the world have also believed that gems can have healing properties. Let’s take a look at some popular gemstones and the health benefits they’re said to bring.
BY INTERNATIONAL GEM SOCIETY
carnelian carved gemstone – Ancient Rome
In ancient times, healers believed carnelian gemstones could be used to treat ailments of the blood. This carnelian ring stone features a carving of Asclepius, the Roman god of medicine. Late Roman Republican or Imperial period, 1st century BCE to 3rd century CE, 1.1 x 1.5 x 0.3 cm. Gift of John Taylor Johnston, กำไลนำโชค 1881. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Public Domain (cropped to show detail).