The Science Behind Crystals & The Effects of Wearing Jewelry
First, what are crystals? Well, "crystals" is the name given to minerals (usually quartz) or fossilized resins that are believed to have beneficial health properties, as holding them/placing them on your body is thought to promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Crystals do this by positively interacting with your body’s energy field, or chakra. While some crystals are said to alleviate stress, others improve concentration or creativity, and so on. It is also believed that the power a crystal inherently possesses to generate light interacts with the cells of the physical body. What we know without a doubt is that crystals have an energy field that interacts with any other energy field near it. The interaction of the energy field of a crystal and a human being can be photographed with a Kirlian camera.
At the simplest level, many crystals contain traces of therapeutic minerals that pass across the skin barrier to bring about physiological changes. Kunzite, for example, contains lithium, which is used by doctors to medicate depression and bipolar disorders. Crystal users hold Kunzite or place it on their heart and feel uplifted. Similarly, the copper content in Malachite alleviates arthritic discomfort – although too much is toxic. It’s a matter of maintaining the balance. However, crystals are actually an information system that radiates energy. Find the right information, and the correct crystal carrier, and the body will be brought back into balance. The abilities to heal or change your perception of reality & vibrate at your desired frequencies are already present within the cells of your body just waiting to vibe up with the correct frequencies!
As you may already know, everything around us and everything within us is made of energy and vibrates at a different frequency. Crystals vibrate at different frequencies depending on their matter, size, thickness & their color (light frequency). The key to choosing a crystal piece for accomplishing a certain goal is to be aware of what stones resonate at the correct frequency for what you are hoping to manifest. This isn't just a bunch of spiritual talk, although it can be a very spiritual experience...this is science. For thousands of years, much experimentation has been done by "laying on stones" to determine which stones help with which needs. Each crystal type has its own fundamental frequency or harmonic note. This creates a coherent, resonant system with a stable frequency template. Crystal energy is shaped, amplified and discharged from a crystal’s termination and goes out rather like ripples in a pond, creating a rhythmic pattern that pulses in harmony. The basic template can be modified or directed by other energy, such as magnetism, color waves, intention or the power of thought, passing through it.
Vibrational numbers are a measurement of the resonance of a vibrating object with a very precise wave frequency. But since it would be based on so many variables, we can’t just assign a crystal a number, meaning we can't just say ALL amethyst vibrates at a specific frequency number. The most highly vibrational crystal we know of is quartz. Quartz is an extremely common mineral (the second-most-common after feldspar), and it has technological applications that are related, in a sense, to transforming energy. In technical terms, quartz is piezoelectric, meaning it can transform energy from one form to another.
If any mechanical pressure is applied to a quartz crystal, a voltage will appear across it, which means it can convert mechanical forces into electrical signals. This made it useful in things such as microphones and phonograph needles in earlier days, though now there are better materials for these applications - and, of course, few people still listen to records. Alternatively, if you put voltage across a quartz crystal, it will change shape a little. In other words, it can convert electrical signals into mechanical forces. The effect is small, but is useful, especially in making quartz oscillators.
The idea is that you can think of a bit of quartz as a sort of tuning fork that vibrates when struck. That vibration will eventually die out, but if you take the voltage the quartz crystal makes and amplify it (this will cost you some energy from a battery, say), you can then take that voltage and feed it back to the crystal to change its shape at the right moments to keep it vibrating indefinitely. Such an oscillator can be very stable and is the basis for all sorts of electronic devices that require precise standards of timing. Quartz also finds applications in optics because of its high strength and melting point, compared with glass, and its transparency to a much wider range of ultraviolet light.
Ornaments embellished with precious gems help in attracting the five Cosmic Principles or Panchatattva (air, water, earth, ether, and fire) with which the world has been created. The gems also play a significant role in channelizing the spiritual emotion of the person. Why do crystals seem to have an impact on spiritual growth? The answer comes in the form of energy, frequency and vibration (which, according to Nikola Tesla, are the key to understanding the universe!) Remember, crystals have been shown to oscillate at their own frequencies, and even respond to the input of vibrations. The cells in the human body also vibrate at certain frequencies, as do the chakras (the centers of the human energy body). So when we come into contact with a crystal, its vibration interacts with the vibration of the cells in our body. According to the Book of Stones, “When we bring the crystal into our electromagnetic field, two things occur. The electromagnetic frequencies carried by the stone will vibrate with related frequencies in our own energy field through the physical law of resonance, creating a third larger vibration field. The nervous system is attuned to these shifts in energy and transmits this information to the brain. Here the frequencies stimulate biochemical shifts that affect the physical body and shift brain function.” (Simmons & Ahsian 2005, 28)
--> The Ancient Egyptians: Used crystals for protection and health, and buried the dead with a piece of quartz on their forehead to help guide them to the afterlife. Dancers wore rubies in their bellybuttons to enhance their sexuality, and a necklace over the heart was intended to bring love into ones life. Forehead crowns were also worn to stimulate the third eye. They even used ground lapis lazuli and malachite as eye makeup. Perhaps the most interesting is the account of pharaohs who carried a copper cylinder and zinc cylinder each filled with quartz, to balance the Ka and Ba energies of the body (equivalent of Ying & Yang today).
--> Ancient Greeks: Rubbed themselves with crushed hematite before going into battle thinking that it would make them invincible. The name for Amethyst is derived from the words for “not drunken” in Greek, because Amethyst was worn as an amulet to protect against drunkenness and hangovers. Even the word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word for ice, because quartz crystal looked like water that was frozen and would never melt.
--> Romans: The use of crystals as amulets and talismans was very common amongst the Romans. They were used in medical treatment and to attract desirable things, enhance health and provide protection in battle.
--> India: The Hindu Vedas, the sacred 5000 year old religious texts, discuss the use of different crystals to treat certain medical ailments, as well as the specific properties of different crystals. For example, they say that emerald will bring good luck. Aryuvedic medicine has also recognized the healing powers of crystals for hundreds of years.
--> Mayans, Aztecs and Incans: All three of these societies understood the power of using crystals for balance and healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. Crystals were used to diagnose and treat disease, as well as to see the future through divination. According to some accounts, the Incans considered certain stones (such as emeralds) to be so powerful, they chose to die before giving the conquerors the location of their emerald mines.
--> Indigenous Tribes: American Indians and indigenous tribes of Australia have used, and continue to use, crystals to diagnose and heal illness. Many of the stones used in their traditional jewelry are thought to contain healing powers, including Agate, Turquoise, Onyx and more.
--> Ancient Chinese: the 5,000 year old practice of Chinese Medicine often incorporates crystals for their healing powers, including the use of crystal needles in modern day Chinese acupuncture and Pranic Healing. Chinese emperors were even buried in Jade armor as a symbol of wealth and power.
--> Ancient Japanese: The ancient Japanese were skilled at the art of scrying, using transparent crystal balls to produce visions. Quartz crystal spheres were thought to represent the hearts of dragons, which symbolized power and wisdom.
Tibetan Buddhists have considered quartz crystal spheres to be objects of great holy, spiritual power, believing their properties could even assist with enlightenment. In Buddhism, the Medicine Buddha is called “Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance,” and its rituals include meditating on lapis lazuli.
--> Neolithic Man: The use of talismans and amulets dates back to the times of prehistoric man, with the oldest crystal amulet, made from Baltic Amber, dating back over 30,000 years. Prehistoric humans also constructed stone tribal burial chambers, or ‘Megaliths‘ that were designed according to the texture, weight, color and vibration of the stone to maximize its resonance.
So now, let's get into the science behind wearing jewelry, particularly crystal jewelry and gold/silver! The kind of metal used in creating the jewelry determines the amount of spiritual benefits it can have on the wearer. The divine consciousness of each type of metal is different. The most sattvik or pure metal is gold which is followed by silver. As per the spiritual science, gold jewelry must be worn above the waist because it protects us from intense negative energies. It also helps in enabling the chakras (subtle energy centers that are aligned with the primary organs of our body) above the waist to absorb positive energies. Similarly, silver jewelry must be worn below the waist like anklets to protect the lower level negative energies and to imbibe the waves of desire.
Did you know that some people go beyond silver jewelry to wear silver-lined sleep masks to improve their night’s rest or silver-lined gloves to wear while typing on a laptop to disrupt the transmission of electronic signals from technology into the body?! Silver has a proven track record as a powerful antimicrobial agent fighting infections and aiding in cold and flu prevention, wound healing, and more. Silver also helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. Many have reported improvements in energy levels and balance in moods after wearing silver, as its natural properties may offset outside electrical disturbances, improve circulation and overall body temperature balance, and help maintain cleanliness and immunity.
Silver has a long history in antibiotics and sterilization, with many women and men wearing silver jewelry to stave off infection, cold/flu symptoms, and any other virus, bacteria, etc. Silver also purportedly keeps our blood vessels elastic, which enables it to play a role in bone formation and healing, as well as skin maintenance and repair. Finally, silver has a directly tangible benefit in helping us to avoid potentially toxic substances — as a metal, silver reacts and turns color when it encounters many other chemicals that are known toxins.
This may sound like a lot of mumbo jumbo to some, but silver has a distinctly scientific basis for its health benefits derived from its electrical and thermal conductivity. Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field that reflects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, which stimulates the body’s natural conductivity and improves blood circulation, body temperature balance, and general well-being. Positively charged silver ions also bind to negatively charged oxygen receptors in bacteria, which is why silver can fight against harmful infection and disease.
For those that are skeptical, consider that researchers at the University of Southampton have proven that wearing a specific type of silver ring can help alleviate some symptoms of arthritis in the hands. The benefits include not only helping to reduce pain, but also preventing hyperextension in the finger joints, which is common in those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
Even for those not willing to buy into the properties of silver as a metal, there is another way to reap health benefits from wearing silver jewelry. In our fast-paced culture, many are turning to meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and other calming techniques to reduce anxiety. Certain types of jewelry can also be worn to help prevent anxiety and re-center. Simple silver “worry jewelry” and spinner rings, which feature an outer band that spins freely around the inner ring, have been proven to have a calming effect that helps fight anxiety through repetitive motion. Those suffering from anxiety can quietly spin their ring to help combat symptoms even when in a public, crowded space.
Gold stimulates the energy flow delivering energy to the urogenital system.
Wearing jewelry is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep magic on you. Crystals can gently exert their healing effects, talismans can help empower you, and amulets can protect you for as long as you wear them. Historically, some of the first jewelry may not have been for adornment at all -- there is reason to believe that it was intended to protect the wearer. Before understanding what jewelry can do, it is good to know the difference between a talisman and an amulet. A talisman is worn to help ensure good luck, to draw power to the wearer, or to enhance the wearer's innate abilities. An amulet is worn for protection. In this sense, they are the exact opposites of each other, even though they may look very similar. An Aventurine Bracelet intended to improve the wearer's self-confidence is a talisman; a Crystal Bracelet intended to protect the wearer is an amulet.
Jewelry and the Evil Eye
Cultures all around the world firmly believe in the magic power of wishing harm on someone. In some cases, all that is needed is an unkind or envious look. Fortunately, there are as many ways to protect against the Evil Eye as there are ways to fall victim to it -- one of the easiest and most popular ways to guard yourself against it is by wearing specific jewelry. Peony Seed Bracelets or blue glass Evil Eye Protection Bracelets are two popular forms of protective jewelry designed to guard you against others who wish harm on you.
Choosing the Right Spiritual Jewelry
There are several ways to choose spiritual jewelry. Color magic relies on the colors of things to demonstrate their effects. For example, you might choose a Ruby Bracelet to draw passion to you. Certain gemstones have specific properties as well, so it is also possible to choose a piece of jewelry based on the properties of the stones themselves. Quartz crystal, as a powerful healing, energy-amplifying, colorless stone, can be used for virtually any spiritual purpose. Deities and other spiritual figures also often have particular stones that are sacred to them -- wearing jewelry that contains these stones is a way to help invoke them and request their aid. You should know what effects you really desire, as bracelets, necklaces, rings, etc all emit their own TRUE physical benefits. For example, chains or bracelets worn on wrists perform the role of a closed circuit and have a particular effect on the human organism, the same way it happens when people wear wedding rings. Wedding rings have an effect upon the nerves of the third finger.
Role of Jewelry on Different Body Parts:
Wearing a gold ring on the ring finger helps in attracting Higher consciousness which builds up pressure on the finger leading to acupressure. It also helps in reducing black or negative energy and helps in attaining divine power.
It is most beneficial to wear the ring on the ring finger, followed by the middle finger. For spiritual benefit, women can wear rings on the left hand while men can wear rings on the right hand.
Similarly, wearing earrings are not meant for mere decoration. The earrings are said to have acupressure effect on the wearers’ body. In ancient China, it was believed that earrings helped in surrounding the person with happiness, perseverance, and patience.
Wearing a necklace or a chain around the neck helps in attracting divine consciousness and helps in removing negative energy from the surrounding environment. It protects the wearer from negative energy.
Wrist jewelry is quite charming, and their history takes us back to almost 5000 BE. Some wrist gemstones on the left-hand help in controlling stress, while wearing them on the right-hand wrist assists in increasing productivity and the controlling of energies. It is believed that women are showered with luck and protection if they wear gem jewelry on their left wrist while they gain confidence and prosperity by wearing it on the right wrist.
I hope this post shed some new insight for you all! Blessings to you and yours,
The Dopemystic Wytch