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In Japan fortune telling with crystal spheres was common.
Elsewhere, the Maoris of New Zealand wore jade pendants representing the ancestor spirits, and continue to believe that the stone is lucky.
Hematite, an iron ore, comes from the word for blood and the ancient Greeks associated iron with Aries, the god of war.
The word amethyst means ‘not drunken’ and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers.
Other Native American tribes still hold precious stones, especially turquoise, azurite and phenakite, sacred.
All over the world, turquoise has been worn to give strength and health and jaspers have long been believed to provide strength and calm.
A very protective stone it was historically placed in water for cooking or drinking to dispel sickness and used on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and energy.
Amethyst – Also called the Sobriety Stone and the Master Healing Crystal, Amethyst Ranges in color from light, slightly-pinkish violet to deep purple, Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone, while at the same time acts as a natural calming agent has healing and cleansing powers.
The Zuni tribe in New Mexico have long made stone fetishes, representing various animal spirits.
In Roman culture, talismans and amulets of crystal were known to have been used, most often for enhancing health, attracting desirable people or things, and for providing protection in battle.