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Gems of Wisdom, Gems of Power
A Practical Guide to How Gemstones, Minerals and Crystals Can Enhance Your Life

by Teresa Kennedy

      Throughout the centuries, gemstones and other minerals have fascinated people all over the world.  They have been used for physical and mental wellbeing, spiritual purposes, to bring luck and many other things.  Here is a whole book detailing every stone you can think of, and what it can do for you.

Even if you are not particularly into New Age theories, and love stones for other reasons, this book has plenty to offer.  It starts off in a geological manner, talking about how different rocks are formed and identified, and the various modern uses for crystals, from "crystal sets" onwards.  Before you own them, you probably will have to buy them and there is a very useful guide which is essential reading, as well as some brief information about them in history.  But this is essentially a more practical book, and so then it is on with the stones.  These are not grouped alphabetically, but by their properties.  So there is a section on stones of love, of creativity, of protection, of power etc.  For readers who, like this reviewer, know little about the subject of gemstones and their power, the index at the back will help enormously.  There are also several appendices on trade names, birth stones, and other topics of interest.  All the photos are in color and there are lots of interesting highlighted facts about each stone, as well as how to use it and what it does.  For anybody interested in this topic, this is a remarkably straightforward and user friendly book.

The Book

Marlowe and Company (Perseus Books Group)
15 November 2007
1600940153 / 9781600940156
New Age
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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