Precious and semiprecious stones have been important within human cultures since the days when our ancestors lived in caves. Some of them are innately valuable, like gold, because they do not rust or warp easily and are thus a useful proxy to use in replacing inefficient bartering systems with money. Others serve a valuable function, like diamonds, as they provide an impossibly sharp cutting edge (and these days, can be used in lasers) or are just very hard. Still others merely have a sparkle to them that stirs our inner dragon and makes us want to collect them, then alternatively hoard them or cut them up into pretty things to wear on our necks, ears, and wrists.
Beyond the most basic level, though, many of these stones have been thought to contain special meaning and powers. From healing to cursing to good fortune to soothing a tired mind, many semiprecious stones in particular hold a place of pride within specific cultures. So based on your personality and what you need in your life - whether it's a little bit of luck or a lot of protection from bad energy - let's find out which gemstone is the best symbol for you to adopt!
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