Apart from being one of the world’s chief tin-producing centers, the island of Bangka Belitung, located off the eastern coast of Sumatra, has also cemented a reputation overseas for its satam gemstone handicrafts, signature jewelry not found elsewhere.
According to Belitung legends, the stones have the power to ward off poison and evil forces. They can also be used to determine whether people are in good health, Firman said, adding that a stone placed on the palm on your hand that felt warm was a sign of poor health.
“The gem can also intercept evil energies such as black magic,” he said. “Former president Megawati Soekarnoputri once bought a satam necklace.”
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Zaenal Abidin, principal of Junior High School 4, Manggar regency, Belitung, claimed gemstone therapy had been used many times for healing purposes.
“The stone was placed on the ailing body part, absorbing poison,” he said.
These unique stones are used to make jewelry such as rings, necklaces, brooches and earrings.
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