GLORIOUS CRYSTALS - EARTH’S PRECIOUS “GEMS”
A BRIEF HISTORY ABOUT CRYSTALS
WHERE CRYSTALS FORM
Most crystals grow deep down inside the earth’s crust (miles and miles below our feet). Minerals form under the earth’s surface as a result of geological influences. These conditions include extreme heat, pressure and fluid interaction which takes place over thousands to millions of years. Over this very long period of time, stones develop their own energies (vibrations), personality, intensity, healing properties, colors, shapes and textures from the various minerals and elements that create them.
Scientists have recently learned that the different kinds of stress which act upon rocks deep in the earths crust and mantle plays a significant role in influencing their growth. Stress is the applied force per unit area upon which it acts in one direction. Over time, this stress can differ their shape, form and texture and cause deformations. The “stress” factors now provide accurate info on the temperature and amount of pressure that existed when the minerals were growing.
Stresses result from the density differences within the earth and the tectonic plate movement. This “stress” theory also impacts metals, which like crystals are composed of various chemical structures.
Even though crystals and gemstones have been part of our Earth for a very long time, they are thought to have been first discovered around 27,000 years ago. The first minerals known to man are believed to be amber, amethyst, emerald, garnet, jade, lapis lazuli and turquoise.
Even back then, there was a fascination with stones with many appreciating and treasuring them for their beauty as well as their protective, healing and other abilities. Folks of royalty, spiritual healers, shamans and fortune tellers “understood” their mystical properties and worked more closely with them. Today, crystals and gemstones are gaining more recognition, respect and acceptance as powerful healers.
These “precious gems” can benefit and heal us on all levels of our being including physically, emotionally, mentally (intellectually), psychologically and spiritually. Just as every human is different, so is every crystal.
If you want to get a feel for the crystal’s energies, pick up a crystal (close your eyes if you wish) and feel the vibrations (tingling sensations) pulsating in your hands. Some folks feel the pulsations right away while with others it may take a little longer. Depending on the energies of the stone, the vibrations can be intense or they can be more subtle.
Many people believe that crystals remain “alive” after they are mined or discovered. For more information on a stone’s vibration, please visit our crystals / numerology page. Crystals and gemstones bring with them a certain specialness. Simply being in the presence of crystals brings a whole host of goodness.
We wear crystal jewelry, hold crystals in our hands, keep them in our pockets, bras, socks, etc. They are placed on our body in healings. We display them in our homes, hang them in our cars, place them on our body, by our computers and under our pillow. Crystals grids can be extremely powerful.
Crystals and gemstones are composed of an assortment of minerals that grow and form in close proximity with each other. The various minerals / elements determine the crystal’s chemical make up, structure, color, properties and vibrations. Their vibrations clear out energy blockages and in doing so are able to heal many types of illnesses.
All stones have their own chemical composition. For example, all quartz (SiO2) are made up of one atom of silicon (a metal) and two atoms of oxygen. Many other stones consist of a vast assortment of minerals.
Similar and compatible elements often grow together. This is true with azurite, malachite and chrysocolla, all which are copper carbonate minerals.
Here are some interesting tidbits:
When minerals contain oxygen, they are classified as oxides ( metal(s) combined with oxygen and / or hydrogen). Hematite is an iron oxide because it is made up of Iron and oxygen. Another example of an oxide is chrysoberyl, a beryllium aluminum oxide.
Sulfides are metals combined with sulfur. Pyrite, an iron sulfide consists of iron and sulfur.
It’s not always easy to identify the minerals within the crystals, even with magnification. One way to determine a stone’s chemical composition is subjecting it to a flame. Different elements will turn the flame different colors. Calcium will turn a flame orange and sodium will turn it yellow. Of course, the most accurate method of determining a crystal’s composition is having it chemically analyzed. That costs serious money, though.