She is not alone in her thought process. For millions of years, Indian women (and men!) have called upon the “science of stones and metals” to chart their destiny. For example, it’s sacrosanct that a girl should wear a gold necklace at all times, almost from the time she is born. It’s said that gold is cooling, acts as a tonic, imparts vitality to the body, helps eyesight and creates balanace. When a gold ornament rests against the skin, it passes on these benefits to the body.
And then there are the stones – each of them with a special symbolism or attribute attached to them:
- Emeralds and diamonds enhance the libido (hence widows are not allowed to wear these stones)
- When worn at night, a diamond ensures good sleep and keeps nightmares at bay A good quality emerald will change colour if it comes in contact with poison. That’s why the Mughal rulers used to drink their alcohol from emerald glasses (sigh! the decadence)
- Alcohol served in emerald glasses will not leave you feeling inebriated or hungover (trying this at the next party if I can find an actual emerald glass. What are the chances?)
- Cat’s Eye reduces the blood sugar level in diabetics
- A blue sapphire can cure baldness
- A white sapphire enhances the wearer’s sex appeal
- Wearing a zircon makes your complexion flawless
- Soaking a zircon in water overnight and then drinking that water will cure infertility
However, remember that to be effective it must be a good quality stone (Indian jewellers would classify gems into ‘castes’) and be set in such a way that it is in direct contact with the skin at all times. So, which sparkling gem will you wear today?