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  • The Mystery and History of Crystals
  • Kate Findlay

The Mystery and History of Crystals

 Here at Peach Perfect we love crystals for their natural beauty and timeless quality.  Each one has its own special allure and is associated with beliefs and traditions that have developed throughout history.  

Many people still believe that crystals have healing properties and can assist with spiritual growth and personal development.  There are also stories of supernatural activity arising from “ancient” crystal skulls such as those exhibited in the British Museum and the Smithsonian.  Both museums now believe, though, that the skulls were made no earlier than the nineteenth century.

These skulls were made from rock crystal, or clear quartz, which has been called the “Perfect Jewel”.  It was traditionally thought to have had spiritual powers, offering illumination and balance due to its quality of light.  It has often been associated with strong healing powers and a direct link to natural energy sources.

 Another of our favourite crystals is amethyst.  This was known as a precious “Gem of Fire” to the ancients and was associated with positive energy.  Slightly bizarrely, it was linked to St Valentine and love as well as to bishops, who wore rings with this purple crystal as a symbol of the Church.  Its properties have also been said to include helping with stress relief, bringing clarity to troubled minds, and protecting travellers against danger.

Citrine, with its beautiful autumn colouring, is another crystal which has traditionally been associated with good fortune.   It was described as the “Merchants Stone” and often linked to material success, as well as health and happiness.  It was also believed in ancient times that wearing citrine, or placing it on the forehead, could open the mind and stimulate the imagination.

And of course, in addition to the historical qualities and beliefs surrounding crystals, they are also an essential part of today’s technology.  Quartz is used in computer chips, mobile phones, clocks, lighting, lasers, ultrasound devices, and many other modern devices. 

Did you know, though, that sugar, salt and snowflakes are all types of crystal too?  They all have an internal symmetry as they contain one “building block” (or pattern of atoms) which is repeated throughout the whole crystal.  Perhaps this inbuilt natural perfection partially explains our mysterious attraction to crystals.

You can even grow your own crystals at home – although treat them with care as they can be very fragile.  This is “fun science” for children, too!

All you need to do is mix half a cup of very hot (not boiling) water with half a cup of Epsom salts in a small bowl.  After a couple of minutes, all the salt should have dissolved – you can also add a few drops of food colouring for more drama.  Put the bowl in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, and lo and behold – a bowlful of crystals!  

Crystals make perfect presents for special people. We’ve got some great suggestions from our stunning Swarovksi crystal drop selection of treasures.

Including the age old symbol of knowledge, the Tree of Life 

The dolphin, representing harmony and balance

And the ageless spirit of angels in a range of beautiful colours

And you can see our full range of crystals in our gorgeous glass and china collection. 

  • Kate Findlay

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