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India

As mentioned earlier, crystal usage for both decorative and healing purposes was discovered in various cultures at the same time. The next place we draw our attention to is India, where the Ayurvedic medicine used crystals for healing both emotional and metaphysical imbalances. Of course, we all know that the Indian culture differs greatly from the European, Chinese or other ones, which only makes its passages about crystals even more fascinating. The power of these crystals was carefully documented in the Hindu Vedas, where each stone’s specific healing abilities were duly mentioned. Ayurvedic researches have performed studies on what effects different stones have upon the human body. In the Indian culture, planets are also involved in the process: each planet has a corresponding color and wavelength that resonates with each gemstones’ vibration. Planetary vibrations are considered negative, while those coming from a precious stone are found to be positive, mostly balancing each other out. Gems thus protected humans from the adverse effects of individual planets, balancing their energies and improving overall life. One particular Vedic text, the Garuda Purana, provides lots of details on gemstone usage.

It is surprisingly close to modern-day scientific terminology and talks about a connection between the seven deities of the sun to the seven colors of the visible spectrum. One particular legend must also be mentioned when discussing gemstones in the Indian culture: the legend of Vala. Vala was a powerful demon who caused mayhem in the universe, and the gods devised a plan to capture and kill him. After this program was successful, the demon was cut into pieces, transforming his limbs into precious gem seeds. Due to their beauty, all the creatures of the Earth rushed to take these seeds and plan them across the land. Thus, his blood turned into rubies, his teeth became pearl seeds, his skin turned into yellow sapphires, and his eyes into diamonds. All of this demon’s organs produced one or more precious stones, which were then scattered across the Indian subcontinent and oceans. Lots of these stones aren’t found in other books by the same name, although they are the same gem. For example, Indian culture has Rubies, Pearls, Blue Sapphires and Red Coral, which we can also find in other cultures referred to as Red Jasper, Moonstone, Amethyst and Carnelian. While names and beliefs differ from culture to culture, these amazing gems are a constant source of inspiration.