Imagine the wondermant of primitive man or woman stumbling across a uniquely shaped, brilliantly couored, crystal among a vast expanse of amorphous, grey rock, would it be any surprise if that person attributed mystical powers to it ?
Fundamental human instinct is for survival and to avoid trou-
ble, from which spring countless taboos and superstitions.
Many minerals have served to protect and appease spirits
throughout history and have been made into talismans.
Historcally, crystals have underpinned human development
economically, technologically, and culturally. The importance
of crystals links all civilizations across space and time. Until
the current age of credit and "hidden assets", crystals were portable from of wealth and statue. We continue to construct roads and buildings using crystalline material such as granite and marble;
concrete's rigidity and quick-setting properties depend on crystal growth. And cultures as far back as predynastic Egypt have used jewellery to celebrate human individuality.
Crystals help us to interpert the past .They teach us many things about humankind's cultural heritage. Their desirability
in antiquity helps us to trace trading routes between far- flung civilizations. We can monitor changing fashions for gem material for decorative as well as medical purposes.
bound up withmyth and magic, crystal help bring to light the different historical world views that have arisen down the ages concerning the immutable link between humans and nature.