The power of crystal

Crystals have always been considered unique, extraordinary, and even supernatural. With their fascinating forms and beautiful colours, they are the magical elves hiding among the Earth. Ancient people all around the world believed that different crystals contained different energies. People who carried, wore or used crystals thought they would be imbued with some power belonging to these spiritual realms. For example, the Ancient Sumerians would use peridot, Galena and malachite to make amulets for protection and health; In ancient China, the emperors would wear jade armour after death to seek soul protection. And, of course, crystals are also used as a universal form of adornment.

From ancient to modern

Like many integrated systems, the form of crystal healing has developed out of old cultural traditions. The idea is that every stone has special magical properties that can be found in European literature, Greek, Roman and Arabic philosophy, and last but not least, the Ayurvedic traditions of India.

Jade Belt from ancient China, 10,000-4,500 BC
The Palace Museum

Traditionally, crystals of quartz have been highly valued by healers around the world, for their ability to connect with spirit worlds and to diagnose illness so that a shaman or healer can remove the cause of disease. The use of crystals for divination is a continuation of this long tradition. However, modern science has much dismissed the mystical ways of using crystals, and yet proves that the unique properties of these minerals can impact us psychologically or physically. For example, wearing Rose Quartz (a common crystal often associated with love) may boost individuals’ confidence during a romantic relationship; placing tourmaline can remove heavy metals and organic pollutants.

Either way, both pragmatic and metaphysical approaches are valuable. One provides useful tools and technologies, while the other enables us to exceed reality and guide us into imagination and potentiality. It is ideal for us to pay attention to both of the methodologies to maintain the balance. More importantly, the way of using crystals can be led by various personal acquires, which can direct you to choose the crystals that help you achieve your goals.

Crystal and colour

Different crystals are composed of different chemical compositions, structures, shapes, hardness and lustre. However, the general Yin-Yang ideology sees all stone/crystals are in Yin in nature(what is Yin-Yang?) because of the coldness and hardness of the stone. These features form the energies in certain ways, but the colour is the key to understanding a crystal’s spiritual meaning and how it can heal us.

Many crystals appear in several colours. This is due to the fact that certain samples may have a few additional atoms of an unusual element, which slightly disrupts the internal lattice and alters the colour we see.

Gemologists use a streak test to determine the actual colour of a gemstone. This is accomplished by scraping the crystal against an unglazed ceramic tile, resulting in a fine dust of particles that reveals the crystal's underlying colour. For example, smoky quartz, violet amethyst, yellow citrine, rose quartz, and green aventurine has grey-white streaks, just like clear quartz. The list below shows some basic colour qualities:

Basic colour qualities:

  • Black --------------------------- grounding
  • Blue ------------------------- communicating
  • Brown --------------------------- enabling
  • Indigo (deep blue) ---------------- cooling
  • Red ---------------------------- energizing
  • Violet --------------------------- integrating
  • Orange -------------------------- releasing
  • Pink -------------------------------- accepting
  • Yellow ------------------------- organizing
  • White ------------------------------ cleansing
  • Green --------------------------- balancing
  • Clear ------------------------------ clarifying




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