Over the centuries, various cultures have contributed to the legend and lore surrounding gemstones. These rare products of nature have inspired philosophers and mystics to attribute unusual powers to these special minerals. The healing stone meanings have been gathered throughout the centuries, in many cases since ancient times.
While we do not know for certain exactly when their meanings were discovered, we do know that healing stones have been in use for a long time. In ancient times these stones were used for quite a few different purposes. Many of them were ground to a powder and were used in some methods available to colour clothing and textiles.
Some ancient textiles have been found to be coloured using common crystals. And some were ground and painted on the skin...for religious or shamanic ceremonies.