The history of crystals
Crystals have been around for a long, long time and have been used functionally in many different cultures. The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in their tradition.
They have also been used in many religions and are referenced in the Bible and other manuscripts in history. They have been used throughout the Renaissance in Europe to heal ailments alongside herbal remedies.
Crystals used in healing
Since ancient times, crystals have been venerated and used in all kinds of spiritual rituals. Used for their unique energetic properties, many religious traditions believed they were descended from the heavens.
In some cases, that means we have thought particular crystals have healing properties for nearly 5,000 years! But India wasn’t the only one with those beliefs in healing…
* The Romans used crystals in battle to produce good outcomes and they used them to attract good fortune and abundance.
* The Chinese use it in acupuncture by making crystal tipped needles for their acupuncture therapy.
* The egyptians used crystals mostly in burials, it was a way they believed to help people find their way to the afterlife. The royalty also used them to tap in to certain emotions and awareness.
* Ancient Greeks used crystals on their bodies for battle to make them feel unbeatable and strong.
* The hindu’s have probably the biggest use of crystals over time by using them in a lot of their daily activity and rituals for improved well being.
The breastplate of the High Priest is also described in Exodus.
Breastplate in Hebrew translates to ‘pouch’. Aaron would have worn on his breastplate (pouch) 12 crystals that respresented 12 tribes of Israel and 2 holy objects, the Urim and Thummim, which some scholars believed were meteorites and which, according to the biblical account, were designed by God to be used as an ‘oracle’ to ascertain his will and the divine course the future would take. (The Encyclopedia of Crystals - Judy Hall)
An interesting story about Amethyst
According to Greek mythology, an intoxicated Dionysus (the god of wine and rituals) became infuriated with a young virgin named Amethyst.
When the girl asked the goddess Diana for help, she turned Amethyst into a beautiful white stone to protect her.
Feeling sorry for his actions, Dionysus began to cry, and his tears fell into his cup of wine. The cup overturned and spilled onto the stone, covering it completely until it became the Amethyst we know today.
The use of crystals in history:
The Gods of ancient myth wore crystals in their breastplates. Priests of many societies and brotherhoods, as keepers and preservers of lost prehistoric wisdom, often wore bejewelled amulets and plates, which acted as "oracles" and "voice pieces" from which advice was obtained. The Atlanteans used crystals for healing, communication, weather control, and as record keepers. Tibetans used them to produce light.
The Ancient Egyptians used Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Carnelian, Emerald and Clear Quartz in their jewellery. They also carved grave amulets using the same gems.
The Ancient Egyptians used stones mostly for protection and health. Chrysolite (Topaz) was used to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits. Green stones in general were used to signify the heart.
The word 'crystal' comes from the Greek word for ice, as it was believed that Clear Quartz was water that had frozen so deeply that it would always remain solid.
The word Amethyst means 'not drunken' and was worn as an amulet to prevent both drunkenness and hangovers. Greek sailors also wore a variety of amulets to keep them safe at sea.
Jade was highly valued and used in ancient China. Musical instruments in the form of chimes were made from Jade and around 1000 years ago Chinese emperors were sometimes buried in Jade armour. There are burials in Mexico with Jade masks from around the same period. Jade was recognised as a kidney healing stone both in China and South America. The Maoris of New Zealand wore Jade pendants representing the ancestor spirits, which were passed down many generations. The tradition of green stones being lucky continues in parts of New Zealand to this day.
Among the Australian Aborigines of North Queensland, Quartz crystals are used by the Shamans to cause rain to fall. They use it to speak briefly with spirit beings and for practising telepathy. Using Earth Energy and elements to become more aware and aligned with source energy and infinite wisdom.
So, as you see crystals go way back in history and I think although we have developed and evolved so much since those ancient times, they have a lot of wisdom that we can benefit from.
We may think sometimes that it wasn’t as advanced, but I think that some of these ancient cultures were and are in some parts of the world, a lot more onto it than we are.
Here are some of the crystals spoken about in this blog, below…
Amethyst, Jade, Clear Quartz, Turquoise,
Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian