Gemstones can either be organic matters, minerals, or even rocks selected for how attractive they are. This attractiveness is being refined and polished to bring about human adornments or decorations. It is important to note that Gemstones and crystals are different from each other. For a start, Gemstones are aesthetically appealing and are available in all kinds of shapes and colors.
At the same time, crystals are mostly substances of smaller pieces that are formed into crystalline structures.
Interestingly, Gemstones are classified into two categories. They are Precious and Semi-precious. These classifications are to make some specific stones be above others. Precious stones are not only durable and rare but also very beautiful. On the other hand, Semi-precious stones are not fully endowed like precious stones, as they have just a few of those qualities. Despite all these known qualities, Gemstones have been around for ages as they are a sign of wealth, and they are indeed one of the most natural materials ever to grace the earth.
As earlier mentioned, Gemstones have been around for centuries as they have a wide range of history. Stones are known for a lot of names. Some prominent names are Healing stones, crystals, healing crystals, mood stones, and others. Gems have served a lot of purpose down the years, and that has not changed one bit.
Gemstones in Egyptian History
In Africa, ancient Egyptians are one of the first cultures to utilize Gemstones, dates back to 4000 BC. At that time, ancient Egyptians started putting different Gemstones varieties like the Amethyst and carnelian into jewellery. They crafted these pieces into beaded necklaces. Many people feel that ancient Egypt’s Gemstones and jewellery are some of the most important creations. Ancient Egyptians wore jewellery as protection, social status, and enhancing a person’s appearance.
There are different Gemstones in ancient Egyptian history. However, the one which had more value was the lapis lazuli. This stone was perceived to be used by Cleopatra as an eye adornment. The lapis lazuli had religious importance attached to it, even as it has a dark blue lustre. Archaeologists found pieces; jewellery made from lapis lazuli upon discovering king tut’s tomb around 1925.
Gemstones in Chinese History
In ancient China, Jade (nephrite) was known as the most precious stone. This stone was like a symbol of moral integrity and purity. This stone was carved into countless objects being that it had magical qualities and was very much durable. Most times, by just the thought of Jade gemstones, the mental picture that comes to play is its beautiful green complexion.
In a similar fashion where we have the lapis lazuli in ancient Egypt, Jade was highly regarded as it was perceived and viewed as an imperial gem for those of higher authority. Most higher authorities gave it much regard because of the notion that once worn, it would eliminate or divert negatively and evil that comes across the wearer. Jade plaques were worn on imperial rulers who died to prevent decay on their bodies. In this present generation, Jade is still a well-recognized gemstone in the Chinese culture, and it is still popularly known in most parts of the world.
Gemstones in Ancient India and Hinduism
In India, they were the primary suppliers of gemstones across the world for over 2000 years. India has maintained a legacy spanning 5000 years as having some of the best jewelry pieces due to its cultural history. There are large reserves of diamonds and other precious and semi-precious Gemstones in the Kashmir and Golconda regions.
Gemstones are believed to have spiritual powers and are somewhat related to the planets in Hinduism. Gemstones were perceived to have magical powers. Hence, they were used in Ayurvedic medicines after being crushed into powder form, which is still used today. In addition, they are very much used in the body to heal the seven chakra points. Artisans used faience, agate, and other semi-precious materials like steatite and decorating them in various patterns and dots.
Gemstones in Ancient Greece and Rome
The Greeks had a Gemstone cocoon, the power of both Gods and Goddesses. Before their soldiers engaged in any battle, they smeared crushed hematite powder, as this invariably led to them having additional strength. Gemstone and its use date back to 1600 BC.
Many Greeks at that time believed that they could not be intoxicated when drinking from amethyst vessels. The name “amethyst” in Greek work meant not intoxicated. This was why it was prominently used, especially the amethyst Gemstones.
The creation of the name “amethyst” was said to have sprung up after a conflict between the god of wine, Dionysus, and the goddess Artemis. The Romans carried the mantle and were conversant with the Amethyst. The Romans did make use of gemstones, but it was mostly to carry out decorations and ceremonies.
Philly the elder in his book, Natural history, was able to classify gemstones after travelling far and wide to easily detect them on the evidence of their sizes and color. However, his classification was incorrect, but that was indeed just the first attempt as it led to future classification systems.
Gemstones in Modern History
Gemstones witnessed a rise in its use, as more celebrities, politicians, and more prominent individuals in society were all keen on using one. The use of Gemstones gave a wealthy and fashionable impression among the higher class. However, it does not stop as people felt compelled to use it due to its spiritual and religious purposes. Gemstones, as well as crystals, had high demands. This quest to find them (gemstones) was what led to colonialism. Many European nations were motivated to locate not only natural resources but also gemstones amongst other valuable treasures. In recent times, Gemstones have served different purposes, spanning from health-related benefits to beautification and the healing of the mind.
Gemstones are being used for a variety of things, Such as FIR.
During sunny days, we feel a ripple effect from within our skin, especially when coming into contact with the sun due to the infrared rays being invisible to the human eye. Plants use these rays as it is difficult to photosynthesize and even feed without them. Plants and humans are dependent on FIR. because far-infrared rays naturally have significant positive effects on human wellness; so, when combined with the amethyst stone, its effects are amplified in numerous ways, including.
- It boosts Blood Circulation- With the Far-infrared supports healthy lung function. Plus, capillaries are expanded, which stimulates oxygen and regeneration, increased blood flow, and lastly, circulation. In addition, there are skin benefits when the sebaceous glands are activated. The pores are being displaced through the skin, hence making way for brighter and clearer skin.
- It Helps Maximize Relaxation and Comfort- Amethyst has a well-documented history of being a soothing stone; many have sought out the stone for its natural abilities to relax the mind and body. The amethyst healing properties have such a positive effect on the body and when heated it produces a steady stream of far infrared rays which, aside from minor pain relief, greatly relieve chronic fatigue syndrome and improve in the quality of their life because of FIR therapy. There has been much research on how efficient FIR can be to those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and all the findings point to FIR therapy on dramatic improvements for CFS patients. Not in the least of these improvements is the ability to sleep pain-free.
It is often combined with meditation to maximize the user’s comfort and relaxation. Amethyst gemstones boost your overall wellness as it helps provides balance in the mind and body.
- Assists in Stiffness and Tension Relief- There are two reasons why the Amethyst is beneficial for loosening up muscles; Hots stones are in contact with the body releasing deep penetrating far-infrared radiation up to 20cm into the body. FIR is the game changer where Amethyst separates itself from the traditional approach to heat therapy.
In addition, it would interest you to know that there is an element of Gemstone therapy in our negative ion mats at Recovery Systems. As said countless times, Gemstone therapy is helpful to individuals, and that is why we give them the utmost priority.
Our customer’s wellness is important to us; we are delighted to provide them with this holistic approach to better health.