INTRODUCTION TO CRYSTALS
Gemstones have fascinated mankind since the times of the caveman and
they captivate us still. Whether you enjoy collecting gemstones for
your mineral collection, or use them for healing, for spiritual reasons
or for divination, they are always fascinating.
myth and romance have been attached to crystals since ancient times.
Persian mythology claimed the world stood on a giant sapphire whose
reflection turned the sky blue. It was thought you blind snakes with
emeralds. Amethyst was thought to protect from drunkenness.
What are crystals?
they are a solid material in which atoms are arranged in regular
patterns. This applies to the salt crystals in your ktichen as much as
to the diamond in a ring. You might think that gklass is a crystal, but it isn't. There is no crystalline structure because it is cooled too quickly.
The actual word crystal comes from the Ancient Greek word krystallos which means icy cold. The Ancient Greeks believed that clear quartz was ice that had frozen so hard it would never melt.
What makes one crystal differ from another?
all comes down to its internal atomic structure. Take the graphite in a
pencil and a diamond. They are both formed of carbon but they differ in
their internal structure, In graphite, the atoms are linked in layers,
which are only weakly bonded so it is a very soft material. In diamond,
each atom is bonded to four others in a particular rigid compact
structure. This makes it the hardest known substance. Diamond has
undergone intense extremes of heat and pressure to be formed in this
crystals can look identical to the naked eye, such as citrine and
yellow topaz. You need to judge a stone by its colour, its cleavage,
its hardness and its specific gravity. Most people are familiar with
the scale of hardness with talc the lowest at 1 and diamond the hardest
can grow synthetic crystals from seed and are actually flawless. It
takes several months to grow a beautiful emerald, but under the
microscope its structure is not the same as a naturally occcurring
emerald. the quartz used in watches and electronics is synthetic
quartz. You may bnot realise that all naturally occurring gems have
flaws whether they are microscopic inclusions of another material or
clearly visible like the rutile found in rutilated quartz.
is a very commonly occurring gem. The best giant crystals are found in
Brazil. From coarse sand to the finest amethysts there are many forms
of quartz. Colourless rock crystal is the purest. Chalcedonies and
jaspers are a form of fine-grained quartz. Iron, for example, gives the
colour to amethyst and citrine. Citrine is actually amethyst which has
been subjected to extreme temperatures, either naturally or in a
laboratory. Smokey quartz is thought to have been exposed to radiation.
Scotland is a well-known source of almost black smokey quartz, called
morion, and extremely dark citrine called cairngorm. Chalcedonies are
carnelian (cornelian), chrysoprase (marketed as Australian Jade) and
are true red corundum. Blue ones are sapphires, other colours are
called sapphires as well. Sapphire is next to diamond in hardness. You
may not realise that you have sapphires lying around the house if you
have any of the old-fashioned emery boards. Emery is impure corundum.
is known as aquamarine and emerald. But one is considerably more
valuable than the other! Pure beryl is actually colourless. Emerald has
been prized for millennia. Cleopatra was known to have several
lucrative emerald mines.
are known as unlucky stones but in Roman times they were seen as
symbols of power. The Aztecs mined Fire Opal. During the 14th century
in Venice, people noticed that opals became more brilliant when wearers
caught the Plague and dulled when a person died. This helped reinforce
the belief that opal was unlucky.
gems include jet, amber, coral and pearl. Jet is formed from ancient
wood and amber is formed from the sap. Jet was hugely popular in
Victorian times as mourning jewellery, but it is no longer as valued.
can even be found in the form of crystals although they are not common.
Silver used to be more valuable than gold in medieval times, and even
today gold is not the most valuable metal in jewellery — it is
platinum. In alchemy, platinum was believed to be a mixture of gold and
laying on of crystals is an ancient art. It is thought that as light
reflects off crystals and stones, the electro-magnetic field of the
body, the aura, absorbs the energy. Silicon is an excellent transmitter
of vibrations and energy, which is why it is used in the electronics
industry and in science. Quartz is made of silicon, and a major
component of the human body is also silicon, so it is thought one can
tranfer electro-magnetic energy to the other.
crystals is thought to dissolve stress, remove blockages, support new
intentions and bring harmony. They can neutralise negative energies,
draw energy away from an over-stimulated area, or re-energise a
conventional medicine has rubies in its surgical lasers, used for
example in the treatment of gallstones. Silicon chips are a vital
component of pacemakers and other life-saving equipment.
has shown that if a crystal is placed in an energy field, it collects
that energy and contains it. It might change or transmute the energy in
the process. Some crystals, such as quartz, amplify energy. The crystal
then radiates energy out again. For example, if an acupuncture needle
is coated in quartz, its effect is enhanced by 10% to 12%.
exceptions are black crystals, which absorb energy, but do not release
it. This makes them extremely useful as protection against unpleasant
or hostile vibrations. Crystals are also used to clear the atmosphere
in a room. You can place a crystal ball or a large crystal druze in a
room to help balance the "feel" of a room.
Choosing a crystal
how do you know which crystal is for you? You'll find that one
particular crystal grabs your attention. It may not be the biggest, the
most beautiful or the most expensive, but it is the one you immediately
want to hold in your hand. The one that feels instinctively right.
crystals absorb and emit energy, they should be cleansed when you first
get them to rid them of any negative energies they may have absorbed
from being handled before. You can easily cleanse your crystal by
immersing it in salt water, then rinse in fresh water and allow to dry
naturally. Alternatively, you could simply hold it under running water
then let it dry in the sun. Delicate crystals that cannot be left in
water, can sit on rock salt crystals for a few hours. You could also
let the stone sit on a quartz cluster if you have a cluster large
you decide to wear or carry a crystal for a specific purpose you need
to cleanse it regularly and program it. In other words, it's as simple
as holding the crystal in your hands and calmly stating in your mind
what yiou want the stone to do. Whether you place your belief in the
stone itself or in your own subconscious capabilities, the process does
work and can be quite effective.
crystals have been used for healing since ancient times. Thousands of
years ago, Galen recommended using hematite for headaches and the
Chinese have always used iron pyrite to stimulate healing with broken
bones. The Egyptians left instructions on a powder that was used on
wounds made of ground malachite and chrysoprase. In fact, science has
shown that this is an effective antibacterial that can kill
day crystal healers would recommend rose quartz or garnet for ailmetns
involving the ehart. For the liver, you'd be looking at using
aquamarine, bloodstone or carnelian. The gall bladder is associated
with carnelaian, citrine and tiger's eye. The female reproductive
system is associated with moonstone, chrysoprase, and unakite. Amethyst
or hematite is recommended for a tension headache and lapis lazuli for
have also been used since ancient times in elixirs. The gem is placed
in water and left in the sun. Afterwards, the water is drunk or bathed
in. Since wine was often substituted for water, or brandy added as a
preservative, this was a very popular remedy. You need to know what you
are doing, however, because some stones like unpolished malachite are
poisonous used in this way.
are also used to treat and heal emotional imbalances and help with
mental attitudes. For example, amber neutralises negative states of
mind and balances the underlying disequilibrium. Jet fights mood swings
and deep depression. Guilt is treated by rose quartz, the "stone of
love" — it helps you forgive others and forgive yourself, allowing love
to flow freely again. Aquamarine has long been associated with removing
blocks to communication and the recently discovered stone sugilite
helps with dyslexic problems.
Colour is just as important as type of stone.
BLACK or BROWN
stones are often used to shield and disburse negative energies.
Examples are smokey quartz, jet, obsidian, black tourmaline (schorl),
onyx and black sapphire.
stones are often associated with abundance. Stones such as citrine,
topaz, tiger's eye and yellow sapphire, which in India is the stone of
Ganesh, the elephant god of prosperity.
Stones that enhance creativity are often GREEN such as malachite, chrysoprase, green tourmaline and amazonite.
Love is, of course, PINK,
and the stones for love are rose quartz and rhodonite. But angel hair
quartz (rutilated quartz) is also known as a stone that brings love
into your life.
Stones that help with your powers fo intuition include PURPLE, BLUE and WHITE
stones. Purple stones include amethyst, charoite, fluorite and purple
sapphire. Blue stones include lapis lazuli, sodalite, sapphire and blue
agate. White stones include selenite, moonstone and apophyllite.
RED is the colour of assertiveness and vitality. Garnet, ruby, jasper and carnelian are good examples of red gemstones.
CLEAR crystals bring clarity and focus. Examples are diamond, quartz and agate.
you can find two stones in one. Ametrine is a beautiful natural example
of amethyst that has been partially turned into citrine. If you hold
the purple stone up to the light, you can see the yellow glow of
citrine deep inside. Tourmalinated quartz has slivers of tourmaline
inside the clear quartz.
Gemstones & Metals of the Planets in Vedic Astrology
|Planet ||Precious Gem ||Semi-Precious Gem ||Metals|
|Sun ||Ruby ||Star Ruby, Garnet ||Copper|
|Moon ||Pearl ||Moonstone ||(Gems)|
|Mars ||Red Coral ||Red Coral, Garnet ||Gold|
|Jupiter ||Yellow Sapphire ||Golden Topaz ||Silver|
|Mercury ||Emerald ||Onyx ||Alloy of Metals|
|Venus ||Diamond, White Sapphire ||White Zircon, White Coral ||(Pearls)|
|Saturn ||Blue Sapphire ||Amethyst ||Iron|
|Rahu ||Gomedha (Zircon) ||Gomedha (Zircon)/Agate || |
|Ketu ||Cat's Eye ||Cat's Eye/Agate || |