Crystals are beautiful, and that's the main reason why they have been prized for thousands of years. The recorded history of crystals goes back to Ancient Sumerians. In that civilization, crystals were used in magic formulas. Some stones were highly prized in ancient Egypt. They included clear quartz, emerald, carnelian, turquoise, and lapis lazuli.

The ancient Egyptians used these stones in their jewellery and believed that these majestic stones possessed healing properties. To purge evil spirits and combat night terrors, they used chrysolite, which is now known as topaz. Lapis lazuli was used to take away spiritual impurities. According to some archaeological discoveries, the Pharaohs used crystals in their clothing as well.

In ancient Greece, crystals were believed to possess spiritual properties. This is part of the reason why so many crystals have Greek names. The word “crystal” itself originated from a Greek word for ice. The name hematite originated from a Greek word for blood, in part because hematite produces a red color when it oxidizes. The Greeks associated this iron ore with Aries, the god of war.

Amethyst is a crystal that was considered precious for thousands of years. Its popularity can be traced back to ancient Greece. The Greeks loved amethyst and associated it with their god of wine: Bacchus. Drinking vessels were often carved from this crystal.

After the mid 18th century when large deposits of amethyst were discovered in Uruguay and Brazil, the crystal became a semi-precious stone. In ancient Rome, this crystal was a symbol of fidelity. Roman matrons used to wear amethyst in order to ensure fidelity. This belief still has remnants in today's world.

In ancient China, jade was associated with immortality. Jade objects were extremely durable, and that's probably why they were linked to immortality. The ancient Chinese believed that jade could bring purity, intelligence and good luck. This crystal is still significant in the 21st century. In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, jade was embedded into the medals.

Jade armour has been found in the graves of some Chinese emperors. In New Zealand, Maoris represented their ancestral spirits by wearing jade pendants. Even to this day, green stones are considered lucky in some parts of New Zealand.

Precious stones have always fascinated humans. Crystals are alluring in part because they are both transparent and dark. In the Middle Ages, people considered crystals a physical manifestation of faith and spirituality, and this belief is very much alive to this day.

The popularity of crystals can be explained by the fact that humans are as spiritual as they were in the past. Seeking solace in physical objects is a human trait.

 Artifacts provide a lot of other historical references to crystals. In this brief history, we have just touched upon the popularity of certain crystals throughout the history of humans, in different parts of the world. In modern times, many people still believe that crystals possess healing properties. Many other people wear crystals simply because they are beautiful. Head on over to Botanical H2o for all your crystal needs here.