Welcome to the wonderful world of crystals and gemstones.

For those who don’t really know what crystals are, I will take some time here to fill you in a little.

I believe in keeping information as simple as possible to understand, I myself am no walking encyclopaedia or college professor, so I will do my best to keep it simple.

Our earths ‘internal body’ is made up largely by rocks, minerals, crystals and gems. Anywhere in the world you will find some or all of the above.

Crystals and gems have been used, revered and treasured since the beginning of time. Even the Christian bible has made reference to crystals many, many times. Crystalline formations were known to be used in the foundations of New Jerusalem. Certain crystals were used to adorn the breastplates of high priests, as they believed in the power, protection and natural beauty of each crystal. Some even say that the crystal ‘Citrine’ was highly prized as a wealth stone and gave the priests the power and right to extract the taxes out of their flock!

Crystalline structures have also been said to be found in the Babylonian ruins, in the tombs of ancient Egypt and the burial sites of Chinese rulers and emperors.

In the case of ancient Egypt, one of the most highly prized crystals was ‘Lapis Lazuli’, a most spectacular deep Capri blue with speckles of mica mineral throughout, and when adorned in a gold setting, it is an amazing piece. The Egyptians kept their Lapis Lazuli for the hierarchy and kings of their time.

Almost anywhere you go, if you look hard enough, you will find some form of crystal buried in the earths surface. The most common crystal found throughout the world is Quartz.You can dig up a piece of quartz and not even realise you have! Thus, much quartz is found at quarry sites, mining excavations and forestry clearings.

In the minds of most people, crystals are just rocks, but they are much more than that. I have been collecting, working with and teaching about crystals for almost 20 years. I will go into some detail as to how crystals are formed.

The crystal is a solid formation with a geometrical shape. When the earth was formed, crystals were created and over the millions of years of the earths evolution, crystals continued to evolve and change due to all the chemical, mineral, radiation, water, heat, pressure, molten magma and electro-magnetic changes. All these changes over time, affect the crystals properties and also the way that they function. Every crystal formed, is defined by its internal structure. When a crystal breaks or cleaves the structure throughout is the same. Even when one crystal or mineral is formed out of another one, each will have its own unique identity and structure.

A crystal or mineral is symmetrical along the axis. The external planes are a vision of its internal structure. So in essence, the internal structure of any crystal is constant and unchanging. There are seven geometric forms from which crystals are formed, these are rectangles, hexagons, squares, triangles, also there are rhomboids, trapeziums and parallelograms. For instance, a cubic style crystal forms from a collection of square particles.

Crystals vibrate at different frequencies. At the centre of a crystal is the atom which causes constant motion. Crystals do have energy, they have after all been created out of gases, magma, minerals, water and heat. This is how crystals take on their own shape, density and colour. One of the best examples of the energy and power a crystal possesses is the Clear Quartz.

It vibrates at the highest frequency of all the crystal family. It is ‘ pezio-magnetic’ and is used in watches and clocks, hence the term Quartz watch/ movement. It can also be found in older televisions, radios and record players. The Clear Quartz is receiving and transmitting energy all the time.

Quartz, as with other crystals, are formed due to the extreme gases and hot molten minerals in our earths belly. As they get to extreme heat, they rise up to the surface , being pushed constantly by ongoing movement of the earths tech-tonic plates. As the gases pierce the earths crust and meet solid rock, the gases then cool down and solidify. The crystal grows depending on whether this process has taken a long to happen or transpired relatively quickly. If its been a slow process, then crystals can and do grow large. If its been fast, then they are usually small. A large portion of crystals are located still attached to the matrix or better known as bedrock.

I hope this has helped you understand more about the wonderful world of crystals.