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Stones for healing

Precious stones and crystals have been used for healing and protection in different cultures around the world for hundreds of years. Art historian Louisa McKenzie reveals the stories behind some notable examples.

Words by Louisa McKenzie

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Louisa McKenzie

Louisa McKenzie

Louisa McKenzie has a PhD in art history from the Warburg Institute. Her thesis, funded by a London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC) Studentship, considered the economic and devotional lifecycles of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300–1500. She researches the art and material culture of late medieval and early Renaissance Florence.