People often decorated
their clothes, books, shields, swords, armor with mysterious gemstones
because allegedly they had supernatural powers. Rarely, some of the wealthiest men could use shields made of gold
, but most of the shields at the time were made of wood or metal with a layer of flax, leather, copper or bronze to strengthen the object, alongside its gemstones. The shields had its own unique engraved gem
, but mostly between important men. They used them as amulets and supposedly, it brought luck in war and in illness.
The most common precious stones
used back then were the amethyst, quartz crystal, amber, ruby, jade, jasper, coral
, lapis lazuli, sapphire, pearls, emerald and turquoise. According to the type of stone used, anyone knew how much power the owner had and from that, the respect was built.