Thank you for taking part in our recent survey. It is always really interesting to know what people like to read.  To my surprise ‘the benefit of crystals’ section topped the chart.

In a way I am really pleased with this outcome as it is a subject that is steeped in history plus I do like to wear semi-precious stones that have benefits attached. As this is such a vast subject, here is a small intro (part 1) and I will add more facts, benefits, etc  over the coming months.

Not all crystals form alike, but all contain stored natural powers and energies which have often evolved over thousands if not millions of years. Some are cooled lava, others like the black obsidian are in fact similar to natural glass. There are organic crystals (pearls would be one of them) and hardened tree resins still containing fossils (amber). Some even contain materials from outer space. But what makes us call it a crystal is the fact that its atoms and molecules are attached in a regular pattern also known as atomic bonding. When one or more minerals are fused in this atomic bonding we call it crystal. Most of them form from minerals which occur in abundance in the earth mantle, but some are made from minerals that are very rare.

In fact eight elements make up over 99% of the earth crust, these are:
oxygen, silicon, aluminium, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium.

Other elements that are found in crystals are: titanium, boron, carbon, fluorine, chromium, manganese and some more.

Most crystals are a culmination of the elements mentioned above. Sometimes they can come from the same element, but the different structure of the atoms or molecules result in vastly different appearances and properties.  Take for example the graphite and the diamond. Both are made of carbon, but the arrangement of the atoms varies, making one soft and grey (graphite) and the other hard and shiny (diamond).

The majority of crystals are in fact silicates which mean that they contain oxygen and silicon. There are currently around 3700 mineral species that we know of, but only a few of these have the structure to be cut into gem stones.

Some are plain, others are very vibrant and used in jewellery and embroidery. Traditionally earrings protect the brain and mind from psychological attacks and keep the mind focused.  Necklaces and pendants shield the heart from manipulation and bring love. Belts empower the solar plexus and boost confidence. Rings symbolise love, friendship, a certain belonging (a king may have given a nobleman a ring so he can wear it for everyone to see that he has a bond with the king).

Next time we look into how crystals were used throughout history.