Ancient civilizations around the world were among the first to learn that in addition to their beauty, crystals had many benefits and used them for medicine, rituals, healing, meditation, protection, offerings, and even currency.
The affinity with crystal usage began way back to the Sumerian period. It was documented that they were the first earliest known civilization to mankind who used crystal therapy. There are also records from many other ancient civilizations where crystals were used in a similar way in later periods. In Ancient Egypt, Turquoise and Rose Quartz were widely used for love and protection. In Ancient South America and Mexico, they used Obsidian as a pain reliever. In Ancient India, Rubies were used for fertility and strength while the Ancient Chinese believed that Jade brought heavenly remedies to illnesses. In Ancient Greece, Aquamarine was used as an amulet to keep sailors calm and safe at sea.
During the Middle Ages, from the 5th to 15th century, due to lack of cultural understanding, crystal usage was branded to be unorthodox and was outcast by certain religious traditions around the world. Ancient crystal therapy knowledge was only practiced by a handful of people and kept hidden away from the world, facing the fear of extinction.
In the early 18th - 19th century, as civilizations became more technologically advanced in science, crystal therapy re-emerged as a holistic healing practice from these ancient traditions with even more information acquired from experimentation and research.
A number of interesting experiments like crystal frequency and crystal water elixir are featured in magazine and newspaper articles. Experiments conducted and books written by authors and crystologist like Michael Gienger, Melody, Judy Hall, Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian have helped popularise the use of crystals. Crystal therapy has now evolved and crossed the boundaries of religious and spiritual beliefs. It is no longer viewed as an unorthodox culture, but as an acceptable and more mainstream therapy, and many colleges now offer it as a qualification subject known as "Crystology". This ancient knowledge is today being used by NewAge for healing and the balance of body, mind and spirit.