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Precious Stones Cargoes
(Revelation 18.11-12a)
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"The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore — cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood." (Revelation 18.11-12a)✞

The Fascination of a Gem

Alexandrian ShipsThe Roman Empire was an age which passionately loved "precious stone cargoes and pearls." It was largely through the conquests of Alexander the Great that precious stones came to the West. Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) the Roman author, naturalist and philosopher wrote, "The fascination of a gem was that the majestic might of nature presented itself in a limited space."

Diamonds and Emeralds

Large EmeraldOf all the the precious stones, diamonds were most sought after along with emeralds from Scythia. Beryl and opals were used for women's ornaments and sardonyx a red form of the onyx stone was used for the seals of rings. One of the strangest of ancient beliefs was that precious stones had medicinal qualities. The amethyst was said to be a cure for drunkenness and as a protection, for cleansing and to help intuition! It was wine-red in color and the word "amethyst" meant "not to make drunk." Diamonds were said to bring initiation, purpose and clarity. Emeralds brought love, compassion and abundance. Opal was said to release attachments and cause emotional amplification. Pearls brought about self-care, nurturing and emotional healing. The Romans were as superstitious as many folk are today. The modern book, "The Book of Stones" by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian urged that when choosing a gemstone or chrystal for healing, "Start in a calm state of mind. Gaze at the images of the stones and feel your energetic link to them. Look for crystals that 'call' to you, and confirm your intuition by reading the description." Despite the obvious beauty of gemstones, Christians do not look anywhere else but to the Lord God and to Jesus Christ for any and every kind of healing and guidance!✞

"Precious Stones Cargoes"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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