Crystals Throughout History

The use of crystal has a long documented history and has been present in practically every culture and religious tradition. Below are some  history tidbits for people who are interested in reading more about the history of crystal use. The history tidbits below are not meant to be a comprehensive history of crystal, but rather they are just meant to give a small sample of how prevalent the use of crystal has been throughout history and across the world.

Crystal History Tidbits

  • cleopatra_largeThe healing uses of crystal are documented as far back as 1500 B.C. in the Ebers Papyrus from Egypt. This Egyptian medicinal text documented the many ways in which crystals were used for healing.
  • The ancient Egyptians strongly believed in the healing and protective power of crystals. Many Pharaohs wore crystals on their headdresses and many Crystal Amulets have been found in their tombs. The Pharaohs often had their masks lined with crystals in the belief that crystals helped them be better rulers. Many objects of Amazonite and Lapis were found in King Tut’s tomb.  Amazonite was one of the stones on his famous gold mask.
  • Cleopatra’s favorite piece of jewelry was said to be an Amethyst ring that was engraved with the figure Mithras the Persian Sun God. Since she seduced two powerful Roman generals, Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar, it was believed by Roman wives that wearing Amethyst would ensure the devotion and faithfulness of their husbands.
  • Crystals are also used for healing in Chinese Medicine, which dates back to at least 5000 years. Crystal Needles are also often used in modern day Chinese Acupuncture  and in Pranic Healing.
  • Crystals have also been recognized for healing by the Tibetan Buddhists and the Ayurvedic Healing System for hundreds of years. The use of crystals is popular in both Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • In Buddhism, the medicine Buddha is called the “Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance”. One of the rituals involved the Medicine Buddha meditating on the Lapis Lazuli.
  • The Vedas, sacred texts in Hinduism that are over 5,000 years old, thoroughly discuss the power of crystals and their uses for healing. The Vedas prescribe specific crystals for certain ailments and describe the properties and powers of different crystals. For example, in the Vedas it is written that Emeralds bring good luck and well-being.
  • Crystals are referred to over 200 times in the Bible. As an example, in the Old Testament, the High Priests were required to dress in “Holy Garments”. These Holy Garments included a special made Breastplate which was constructed by God infusing Moses with step by step details on the placement of 12 sacred crystals on each Breastplate.
  • In the New Testament, God’s heavenly city, New Jerusalem, is said to be built on foundations of crystals. The buildings of the walls were of Jasper, Sapphire, Chalcedony, Emerald, Sardonyx, Sardius, Chrysolite, Beryl, Topaz, A Crysoprasus, Jacinth, and Amethyst. The city itself was pure gold like unto clear glass.
  • In Muslim culture, using the power of crystals has also been very popular. The Muslim prophet, Muhammad, himself wore a Carnelian ring guaranteed Allah granting all your desires, which made Carnelian a very popular crystal among the Muslims.
  • An excerpt from Jameel Kermalli’s book :Islam: The Absolute Truth” “In Islam a tradition states that Ali used to wear four rings on his hand-Opal  (Yaqut) for beauty and dignity; Turquoise (Feruz) for obtaining Divine help and victory; Hadid Thin for strength , and Carnelian (Aqiq) to protect himself form enemies and all types of misfortune. The religion Islam has strongly recommended it’s followers to wear rings made from different stones as a way to increase faith, piety, and endurance. The stones of Aqiq, Feruz, and so forth have been specifically recommended by the prophet himself to wear then at all times, and especially during prayer.
  • The use of crystals for healing was very popular amongst indigenous tribes across the world. The Mayans used the power of crystals for healing on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. They also used crystals to diagnose diseases. The Incas used crystals for their power and healing particularly the Emerald, which they called the “Holy Stone”.  It is said many Incas chose to die than give the conquerors the location of their Emerald Mines.
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  • The medicine men in many Native American Tribes and Indigenous tribes in Australia also used (and still use) crystals to diagnose illnesses, as well as to heal people.
  • In 1150, Saint Hildegard wrote two medical treatises where she documented the healing properties of crystals and their uses. She decried how the vibrational energy in crystals strengthened the weak and healed illnesses. Saint Hildegard was highly regarded for her many accomplishments such as; poems, books on medicine and theology, plays, and  music composition.  All this plus she was a Nun, Physician, Orator, Scientist, Preacher, Consultant to the Popes and Kings, and a Philosopher.
  • Tibetan Monks considered Quartz Crystal Spheres to be holy objects of great powers.
  • The ancient Sumarians valued Lapis as the most sacred stone. The ancient Sumarian Priests had a popular saying “He who carries with him into battle an amulet of Lapis carries with him the presence of God”.
  • In Japan, Quarts Crystal Spheres were considered to represent the heart of the dragons which symbolize power and wisdom.
  • The moguls of India, including Shah Jahan (who built the Taj Mahal), took Emeralds, inscribed them with sacred text and wore them as Talisman ( an object thought to bring good luck or protection)
  • Taoists called Quartz the “Gem of Enlightenment”
  • Alexander the Great was said to wear a large Emerald during battles to ensure victory.
  • St. Valentine was said to wear an amethyst ring carved with a picture of cupid.