History of the use of crystals and stones

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In short, the use of crystals or stones has been around since the beginning of man!

Many early pieces were organic in origin. Beads carved of mammoth ivory have been excavated from a grave in Sungir, Russia, dating back 60,000 years (Upper Palaeolithic period), as well contemporary beads made from shell and fossil shark’s teeth.

It is fair to say that as long as we have existed as a species, we have had an affinity with stones and crystals. The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind, although we have no way of knowing how the earliest of these objects were viewed or used.

History has shown us that the use of crystals and stones have been used not only for healing but for protection also.

Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, emerald and clear quartz in their jewellery. They also carved grave amulets of the same gems. The Ancient Egyptians used stones primarily for protection and health. Chrysolite (later translated as both topaz and peridot) was used to combat night terrors and purge evil spirits. Egyptians also used crystals cosmetically. Galena (lead ore) was ground to a powder and used as the eye shadow known as kohl. Malachite was used in a similar manner. Green stones, in general, we’re used to signifying the heart of the deceased and were included in burials. Green stones were used in a similar way at a later period in Ancient Mexico.

Ancient Greeks and ancient china used crystals and stones for protection and health. The greek soldiers would rub there selfs with Hematite before a battle, perportedly to make themselves invulnerable and the Chinese used and still use today a lot of green jade as it said to be lucky but also a great healer for the kidneys.

As you can see the history is far bigger then what I have touched upon here and throughout the ages peoples views have changed in if or how crystals or stones really work in regards to health, magic, protection and other uses.

We jump quickly to the modern-day where it wasn’t until the 1980s that the use of crystals and stones became really popular again. That does not mean people had stopped using crystals or stones, it just means it was more hidden from the public. That was until the use of crystals and gemstones began to re-emerge as a healing method. Much of the practice was drawn from old traditions, with more information gained by experimentation and channelling. Books by Katrina Rafaell in the 80s, and Melody and Michael Gienger in the 90s, helped to popularise the use of crystals.

Crystal therapy crosses the boundaries of religious and spiritual beliefs. It is no longer viewed as the domain of alternative culture, but as an acceptable and more mainstream complimentary therapy, and many colleges now offer it as a qualification subject.

It has defiantly become more of the norm to talk about the use of crystals and stones and I urge everyone to give it a try, you just never know what experience you may get!


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