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The Mythology of Gemstones

The Mythology of Gemstones

| Andrew Fabrikant

The mythology of gemstones varies across cultures and time periods. In many ancient cultures, gemstones were believed to possess special powers and were often used for healing, protection, and divination. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed that certain gemstones had specific associations with their gods and used them in religious ceremonies.

In Greek mythology, gemstones were also associated with various gods and goddesses. For example, the amethyst was believed to be associated with Dionysus, the god of wine, and was believed to prevent drunkenness. The emerald was associated with Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, and was believed to bring love and fertility to those who wore it.

In Hindu mythology, gemstones were believed to be associated with the planets and could be used to influence the cosmic forces that governed human destiny. This belief gave rise to the practice of wearing gemstones according to one's astrological chart.

Overall, the mythology of gemstones reflects humanity's long-standing fascination with these beautiful and valuable objects, and the belief that they possess special powers and properties beyond their physical attributes.  Today we often use the term Birthstone, with each month of the year representing a different gemstone.