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Introduction to Crystals
When we hold a crystal, we are instantly in touch with the forces that shape our planet and the elements that first formed eons ago in the heart of distant stars.
Beautiful and mysterious, crystals have been used for thousands of years for decoration, adornment, protection and healing. Archaeologists have discovered beads, amulets, carvings and jewellery made of amber, jet, turquoise, lapis, garnet, carnelian, quartz and other crystals in excavations in every part of the world. Ancient people valued crystals for their magical and spiritual powers. Rulers wore rings and crowns set with precious gems. Shamans and healers used crystals and gemstone remedies for healing and protection.
Today we understand that the helpful properties of crystals arise from their structure. A crystal’s molecules and atoms are arranged in a regular pattern that is repeated in exactly the same arrangement over and over in all directions. This orderly lattice-like structure gives crystals their unique ability to absorb, store, generate and transmit energy.