The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the beginnings of humankind. Many early pieces were organic in origin. Beads carved of mammoth ivory have been excavated from a grave in Sungir, Russia, dating back 60,000 years as well as contemporary beads made from shell and different varieties of fossils. We now define a talisman as ‘a magical figure charged with the force which it is intended to represent’.
As long as we have existed as a species,
we have had an affinity with stones and crystals
The first historical references to the use of crystals come from the Ancient Sumerians who included crystals in magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli, turquoise, carnelian, emerald and clear quartz in their jewellery. They also carved grave amulets from the same gems. These civilisations used stones primarily for protection and health.
The ancients didn’t have access to the enlightening scientific information that we have today concerning the power of healing crystals. However, people around the world are instinctively drawn to these lovely gems and have a deeper understanding of their value and meaning in the greater scheme of the universe.
Today we have scientific studies that help us understand that all things are forms of energy with their own frequency and vibration – including crystals. The renowned physicist and futurist Nikola Tesla declared this concept as the key to understanding the universe and proved how certain forms of energy can alter the vibrational resonance of other forms of energy. This concept is why healing crystals and stones are still used today to align, heal and alter the vibration of bodily cells by holistic healers.