Ancient wisdom

Regardless of their origin, stones and crystals have fascinated humans for many thousands of years. We could very hardly pinpoint the exact source of this passion. Throughout ancient times, we’ve seen decorations and jewelry made from precious stones or metals appear simultaneously in more than one geographic place. For example, there were findings of carved mammoth Ivory in Russia dating back more than 60,000 years – long before any written history is available. Specularite has the same impressive history. Its first traces were found in Africa more than 42,000 years ago, and has been used both for decorative and religious purposes. But this passion isn’t just born from beauty. Ancient people intuitively understood the miraculous powers these gems had, long before science was able to correctly pinpoint their effects on the human body. Thus, we can again conclude that the wisdom of ancient humans is an immense pool of knowledge, which science is just catching up with.

When thinking about precious gemstones, one cannot overlook amulets. These decorative pieces have a unique crystal as their centerpiece and have first appeared 30,000 years ago. The first centerpieces were made of Baltic amber, which has also been discovered in numerous other places, as far as Great Britain. This shows the great value the material had in those days, with other crystals (like Malachite) also making their appearance around 4000 BC. Of course, at this time, we come a lot closer to written history. Sumerians were the first to mention using crystals in magic formulas. Actually, we’ve come across a fascinating legend: Inanna, the Sumerian Goddess of Beauty, had several wands fully made out of Lapis Lazuli, which she used to measure the duration of human life. The widespread belief among Sumerians of the time is that crystals were the flesh of the gods.