This blog series has come out of a survey I did in 2018. I asked my lovely subscribers what topics they were interested in and ‘THE BENEFITS OF CRYSTALS’ scored top marks. 

I always liked this topic as it is steeped in history plus I do like to wear semi-precious stones that have benefits attached. So here is a small introduction to this vast subject. 

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 a stone –  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 mineral substances which occur in abundance in the earth mantle. But others are made from minerals that are very rare.

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

Other elements that are found in crystals are titanium, boron, carbon, fluorine, chromium, manganese and various more elusive substances. 

Most crystals are a culmination of the elements mentioned above. Sometimes they can come from the same element, but the structure of the atoms or molecules is very different. This results in vastly different appearances and properties.  Take for example the graphite and the diamond. Both are made of carbon, but the arrangements of the atoms are vastly different. So graphite is soft and grey and the diamond is hard and shiny. 

The majority of crystals are in fact silicates which means 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 gemstones.

Some are plain, others are very vibrant and used in jewelry 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 symbolize 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).

Here is an article that looks into how crystals were used throughout history.

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