Curious About Crystals? Read To Know What Makes Them Special

Curious About Crystals? Read To Know What Makes Them Special

Curious About Crystals? Read To Know What Makes Them Special

The word "crystal" comes from the Greek krystallos, meaning coldness strained together. Crystals have been at the front line of mysticism, jewelry, fashion and wellness trends since time immemorial. They are mineral rocks advertised for their beauty, healing powers and energy. People's interest in solid material dates back thousands of years. The substance's physical properties make it unique. Its transparency and the ability to refract light make it mysterious and an object attributed with magical powers. Medieval poets and writers often used the material to manifest purity, desire, divination and magical, mystical energy. Read ahead to know what makes them special.

  1. Structure

In mineralogy and crystallography, crystal structure is a unique and periodic spatial arrangement of atoms or molecules without any gap. There are 219 possible crystal symmetries grouped into 7 crystal systems such as cubic, like in halite or hexagonal, like in ice. Crystals are scientifically identified by their atomic arrangement and generally recognized by their shape of flat faces with sharp angles. A crystal grows, i.e., becomes larger and smoother, until all its flat surfaces become plane. The solid material's shape depends on the conditions under which it is formed.

  1. Symbolic significance

Many ancient writings like accounts of Roman historians mention crystals as precious stones. Buildings of western Christianity often use crystals to decorate their interiors as they symbolize transcendence and purity like Virgin Mary. Some French lyricists of the 12th and 13th centuries played around with the symbolism of crystals for qualities used to describe beauty, desire and love. Many writers still tend to use the characteristics and properties of crystals like transparency to express emotions in their writings. Like the contradictory physical qualities of transparency and darkness, its complications have intensified people's fascination with crystals.

  1. Natural healing energy

Although there's no scientific evidence to prove the effectiveness of crystals when it comes to healing ailments and illnesses, crystal healing is an alternative medical technique in different parts of the world. Supporters of this treatment believe that crystals act as channels for healing: they allow positive energy to flow in the body and the harmful energy to flow out when a wearer uses crystals in any form, be it as a citrine crystal necklace or an amethyst ring. Despite the upsurge in the popularity of crystal healing used at health spas and new-age health clinics, most medical doctors and scientists refer to the practice as a "pseudoscience". Studies suggest that crystal healing has a placebo effect on a patient who receives this kind of treatment. 

  1. Therapeutic stimulation

Crystal therapy functions with the belief that stones like amethyst, rose quartz or jade can work with the human body's energy flow and heal itself. When placed on the body's chakras, stones can stimulate and offer healing vibrations to remove blockages and restore the natural flow of energy. Therapists use the semi-precious stones and the minerals they release when in contact with the body to offer a unique energizing experience, help relieve stress, and release tension in the body.

  1. Natural resource

Like diamonds, crystals are mined and non-renewable, making them unique and closely related to the five basic elements. Crystals are found on every continent, but it's difficult to find the origins of individual stones. High-quality crystals are generally ethically mined, and the smooth stones can make for symbolic jewelry pieces like promise rings.



Crystals are some powerful natural resources that have survived the test of time. Choose one that suits your personality!