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China

Much like Indian culture, the Chinese also believed that crystals are the stones of the Gods. Specifically, Chinese medicine has incorporated healing crystals into its practices. Since 5000 years ago, they have used crystal-tipped needles in acupuncture, developing techniques which we still use today. Apart from acupuncture, Chinese medicine has also used the healing powers of these gems quite a lot. Ancient texts describe the healing properties of these stones in quite the depth, describing them as living, evolving entities which can take more than a thousand years to grow. It’s fair to say that their influence in Chinese medicine cannot be underestimated. Moreover, there is another concept introduced by Chinese culture which encompasses gemstones. Feng Shui, the ancient method of generating peace, equilibrium, harmony and prosperity also has a thing or two to say about precious stones. It is worth mentioning that Feng Shui requires the balancing of the 5 elements, and doesn’t necessarily look into opposites like Yin and Yang.

These elements are all connected with a color. For example, fire is most often paired with red, yellow, orange, pink or purple – which is why these colors are often used together in Chinese culture. Special care is given that the elements flow naturally, in a clockwise order, just as in nature: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Of course, we all know that Feng Shui has escaped China’s borders a long time ago and is now an international practice. Its usage of gemstones is closely connected to each of the 5 elements, which can be seen below: • Wood Gemstones (green, aqua, purple): Amethyst, Amazonite, Blue Calcite, Malachite; • Fire Gemstones (red, yellow, orange): Red Jasper, Carnelian; • Earth Gemstones (yellow, brown, green): Yellow Jasper, Petrified Wood, Agate; • Metal Gemstones (metallic, white, grey): White Quartz, Smoky Quartz; • Water Gemstones (black and blue): Onyx, Blue Agate, Labradorite.