Sorry if I'm repeating anything anyone said . . . haven't had a chance to read the entire thing, but I wanted to let you know that the stone carnelian has wonderful protective properties. I have a friend in healing jewelry and she has made bracelets of carnelian. I've always been an extremely sensitive empath and after donning this bracelet on my left wrist (which is where we take in others' energy) it was a dramatic change! It doesn't even take a bracelet, simply carrying a stone or two in a pocket on the left side can help immensely. I completely agree with the protection suggestions of poetic et. al. and found it interesting that once I realized I was an empath, I was able to work on controlling it myself and quit even wearing the carnelian bracelet some time ago, though I continue to carry it in my purse. After working out of my home, mostly alone for a long time, where the energy of others was not continuously a concern, it's been much harder to protect myself in an office environment, where I've been the last year. But it's much, much better than it was the majority of my life!!!!