THE HISTORY OF CRYSTALS

The history of crystals throughout the centuries is complex, yet fascinating, Many of us enjoy the use of crystals in our everyday lives - whether it’s Swarovski crystal elements on a dress or a stunning sapphire ring which catches the eye. But have you ever wondered about the history of crystals; where did they come from, and have we always held them with regard and thought them of high worth?

Some people still believe certain crystals have healing powers - and this was certainly the belief across the world through the ages. Historians have discovered that communities from different continents, including Egypt, India and North, Central and South America used crystals for healing and protection. So why have crystals long been ingrained into our lives?

Prehistoric Times
Evidence of crystal use has been discovered by archaeologists and historians who have found a range of crystals is excavated graves. Stones such as garnet, amber, quartz and turquoise were found in graves, sometimes carved into animals or necklaces and accessories. These were probably used for religious or protective reasons and were found in excavation sites across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Ancient Egypt
Many crystals were found in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians, including turquoise and tiger’s eye, which were formed into amulets. Hieroglyphics from as long ago as 2000 B.C. show crystals being used as medicine.

China and Japan
Jade is the stone which is most associated with this part of the world. Jade was and still is valued for its healing powers and protection, and can signify good luck, love and friendship. Quartz was also heavily used in the Far East, and Quartz crystal balls were thought to represent the heart of the powerful dragon.

History of Swarovski and crystal elements
There was a time when only royalty and the richest of society could afford to have crystal jewellery and ornaments. Over 100 years ago, Swarovski & Co was formed by Daniel Swarovski who was undertaking an apprenticeship at his father’s glass cutting factory. He developed a new kind of cutting machine which flawlessly cut stones for jewellery. These are the tiny Swarovski beads and elements which we use for crystallizing and jewellery making today.

Many people don’t realise that unlike gemstones and crystals of the earth, Swarovski crystals are man-made. However they can be cut and faceted just like other brilliant stones and have a glare and shine to rival any sparkling stone. Our customers love to use them for making jewellery, clothing and accessories, theatre costumes, embellishing gadgets and more. Check out the rest of our blog for inspiration!