Whether you believe in the healing powers of crystals or not, it can’t be denied that they are a wonder of mother nature and that their structures, colour schemes and patterns are simply incredible. We have collected ten interesting facts about crystals you didn’t know.
Have you ever wondered where the largest crystals in the world can be found or how long crystals have been used for their healing powers? If so, you’re in the right place.
1. Did you know that crystals are formed when a liquid cools and solidifies? The particles form a stable pattern that is repeated to provide a crystal shape. Larger crystals are formed by the repetition of this process, as liquid continues to drip onto the solid crystal, drying and adding to the patterns within.
2. Crystals aren’t always objects we can hold. Snowflakes and icycles are lesser known forms of crystals due to the rainwater becoming cold enough to form a solid ice crystal shape. Try putting a piece of baking paper outdoors next time it snows, collect some snowflakes and then put the sheet under a magnifying lens. You will see the snowflakes have a uniform pattern like crystals. Other forms of crystal are salt and sugar – ever heard the term ‘sugar crystal’?
3. You might already know that many scientists have theorised that the earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago, but did you know that crystals may have been around for just as long? In 2014, scientists found a zircon crystal in Western Australia which dated back 4.4 billion years.
4. It is well known that crystals can be used for healing everything from mental health issues to physical pain and even digestive issues, but did you know that this dates back as far as 3000 BC? The Ancient Egyptians are believed to have used the healing powers of crystals to heal people when they were suffering from pretty much anything.
5. When choosing crystals to buy, wear as jewellery, or carry in your pocket while leaving the house, you can choose based on what you are most drawn to (intuition is an incredible thing!) or based on its healing powers. All crystals ‘vibrate’ on their own individual frequency and this determines which crystal you are most drawn to on a day to day basis. You will find that a different crystal stands out to you at different times and as your needs change due to changes in mental or physical health or other aspects of life.
6. Many crystals are believed to have protective powers, preventing the wearer from psychic or even physical harm. It has been found that crystals have been worn as jewellery since the Stone Age which was 2.5 million years ago for both decorative purposes and as protection. In more recent times, warriors and army men throughout history have been known to carry or wear crystals to protect them in the field of battle.
7. Crystals are formed naturally and can be found in many places around the world, from caves to within volcanic rocks (Amethyst is found in abundance within volcanic rocks in Brazil) and underground. Gemstones vary in sizes and prices range from 50p to thousands of pounds, depending on their shape, type, condition and size.
8. Some crystals form in a variety of patterns and are given different names to suit them. For example, Agate has been catalogued with thousands of different names. Some of the most well known include Moss Agate, Blue Lace Agate and Fire Agate, while the most commonly known forms of Jasper include Red Jasper, Leopard Skin Jasper and Dalmation Jasper.
9. Some of the largest crystals ever found have grown in the aptly named ‘Cave of Crystals’ in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. One part of the cave in particular is full of Selenite and pieces hang from the ceiling like icycles. The largest crystal in the cave is estimated to weigh approximately 55 tons. And yes, you can book a space in a tour group to visit the cave and see it for yourself!
10. Crystals can become damaged for seemingly no reason. It has been theorised that crystals can crack or even break into pieces when energies around it abruptly and severely change. The (probably negative) vibrations can cause damage to the crystals. The pieces can still be used for healing or as jewellery but they must first be carefully cleansed and given time to realign to their new vibrational structure, which would have changed during the breakage.[/caption]
11. Have you ever seen crystals with small triangle shapes etched into their patterns? Crystals like these are known as ‘Record Keepers’ and are believed to hold data and wisdom that other crystals do not.