Over thousands of years for many cultures and civilizations, crystals have been constantly used for physical, mental and spiritual healing.
Some were believed to have a protective effect, while others were believed to enhance mental and psychic abilities.
The earliest stories of crystal use come from the legends of Atlantis, indicating that all disease could be cured with specific crystals and crystal combinations. In fact, it is interesting to note that many stones were used for the same purposes and healing attributes across cultures without any interaction, transcending geological boundaries. Jade is often considered by Chinese, Aztec and Mayan civilizations to be a kidney-healing stone prior to any known communication between these cultures.
Different Gemstones have been used by different cultures as you will see below.
Chinese medicine frequently uses healing crystals, such as crystal-tipped needles used in acupuncture.In ancient China, Chinese medicinal practices often incorporated the use of healing gemstones. Jade especially was highly revered for its healing and vibrational qualities and viewed as a symbol of luck and protection, used in the production of everything from jewelry, vessels, burial items, statues and musical instruments. It was also considered to be a kidney-healing stone, along with the Aztec and Mayan civilizations
Amulets were collected and worn at every life-stage and even in death as the gemstones were thought to be good luck charms to ward against illness, evil and danger. Red Jasper and Clear Quartz were thought to provide protection in the afterlife for a safe journey to the next realm. Red Jasper was also thought to symbolize the Blood of the Goddess Isis, and used to treat infertility and enhance reproductive vitality. Lapis Lazuli was a popular, powerful stone that symbolized Truth, Creation and Rebirth, and considered by some early cultures to be more valuable than gold. It was worn by Cleopatra and other royals and placed upon the eyes to promote enlightenment and awareness. Carnelian was one of the oldest gemstones mined in ancient Egypt, and was thought to purify the blood of the wearer and alleviate back pain. Other gemstones widely used by the ancient Egyptians include Malachite, Emerald, Garnet, Hematite, Turquoise, Quartz, Topaz, Amazonite and Amethyst.
Origins, as it is the Greek word for “not drunken.” “Amethyst” plays a role in Greek mythology and it was widely believed that drinking wine from an amethyst cup would guard against drunkenness. Crushed Hematite was often rubbed over a soldier’s body prior to entering battle, as it was believed to make them invincible..
In one of the oldest Hindu scripts, the Vedas, healing crystals are documented with their specific healing properties. There probably isn’t any other culture that has used crystals as extensively as the Hindus! Healing crystals were also widely used in ancient India, and their use and properties were recorded within the Hindu Vedas. They are also considered valuable and widely used in Ayurvedic medicine.
Japanese used crystals frequently when trying to connect to psychic energies. Usually, they would ‘scry’, which means using a crystal ball to see the future and foretell events. Crystal quartz spheres were considered representative of the heart of a dragon and signified their power and wisdom.
Many of the first class Roman citizens had amulets or protective talismans made out of crystals. Usually, they were used to attract good health, fortune, prosperity, or good outcomes during battle.