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Potentials and Potencies: Gems in India’s Myths and Medicine
May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecturer Chris Davies, jewelry designer and scholar, discussed classical India and the importance of “Ratna” or Gems. Through the ideas embedded in the stories of the Gods, gemstones achieved a special place in India as powerful remedies for suffering. Gems ground into powders and incorporated into Ayurvedic medicines, as well as precious gemstones mounted into fine jewelry and prescribed by astrologers occupied a prominent role in Indian Culture.