Last month I described the structure of crystals. This month I want to dig more into the historical use of crystals. It is fair to say that these precious and semi-precious stones have been around as jewellery, protection and form of healing for a long time. The oldest crystal so far discovered has been dated to roughly just under 4.4 billion years ago but it would take a long time before humans discovered this vital resource.
In fact the first time a proper collection of gemstones was compiled occurred between 70 and 50 B.C.by the Greek pharmacist Dioscorides. In his book Materia Medica volume 5 he describes the healing property of over 200 crystals.
The first known recorded human use of crystals was in the Stone age when flint attached to wooden sticks was used for hunting. Soon later Obsidian, a black, glass-like gemstone formed from volcanic lava, replaced flint as the preferred cutting tool. The Mayans in particular used it to give their spears and knives a sharp, pointed tip and to make magical mirrors where Mayan priests used these Obsidians mirrors to look into the future.
Another early known crystal was amber, a hardened tree resin often still containing plant life and insects. Earliest amber beads/jewellery dates back to 30,000 B.C. The Vikings saw amber as the tears of their goddess Freya and used it as good luck talisman for lasting love and protection. Viking women embroided battle garments of their husbands and sons with amber to give them courage and protection during battle.
In Egypt one crystal stood out from the rest and that was Lapis lazuli, a deep blue gemstone. Its protector was Nut, the sky goddess and it was considered good for the eyesight and to protect its wearer from the ‘evil eye’ and disaster. It was also used to promote confidence and good luck. People today still use this powerful stone to give them ‘good luck and charisma’ when going to interviews, auditions and for any public speaking.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world in Ancient China, crystals were paired up with astrological signs and observations of the moon and the stars. The Chinese were also the first nation to align crystals to chakras and to use needles with crystal tips for acupuncture.
During the middle ages gemstones found their use in form of amulets (for protection) and as embroidery for weapons and armours. The crystals were not just added for decoration, the primary use was that of protection.
We all can see the beauty of crystals, but how do they actually transmit their described qualities? It is through the concept of electromagnetism. All solid particles vibrate at certain frequencies and some objects have the ability to even alter the frequency of other bodies or objects nearby. So crystals have the ability to change our own frequencies. Here is a link to an article written by Stephanie Lucas which explains a bit more .
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