LANGSA, Indonesia — Looking for a wife? Better get a pink stone. Invincibility? Purple. Health? The black one can defeat any poison. Style? Well, any of them will do.
Whatever supernatural power you need, there’s a precious stone for it in Indonesia, where gemstone fever has taken over.
Polo, a gemstone polisher in Langsa, a small city in the Indonesian province of Aceh, gave us his version of the stones’ properties. Others might dispute his attribution of powers: that amber is actually best for love, and the purple one grants invincibility. The “kecubung” stone, as amethyst is known here, is widely believed to protect you from getting wasted. Of course, if you’re already invincible, a couple beers should do no harm.