The name Rock Crystal was given to this stone by ancient Greek sage Theophrastus. It is derived from Greek “crystallos” - ice formations, created with time by enormous pressure of glaciers. Homer in his Iliad uses the same term. Pliny the Elder in the Natural History wrote: "Crystal is formed by action of a strong cold". Only in XVII century the well-known Irish physicist Robert Boyle has finally and precisely defined Rock Crystal as a mineral. Aztecs and Maya people made skulls from Rock Crystal for ritual damnations of their enemies. Ancient Romans used Rock Crystal for making jewelry, stamps and vases. Ancient Greeks believed that Gods drink ambrosia and nectar from Crystal goblets. Greeks used Rock Crystal to light Olympic flame. Since old days Crystal balls were used for meditation. Rock Crystal is a symbol of chastity, purity of thoughts, innocence, modesty and fidelity. According to astrologists, Rock Crystal is a stone of Moon and Mercury.
Talismans & amulets
Rock Crystal is recommended for students during exams. As an amulet in a ring Rock Crystal protects the wearer from cold.
Rock Crystal emboldens its wearer, protects from bad dreams, removes stress, reduces headache and fever. It also helps to treat insomnia: simply place a piece of Rock Crystal under your pillow. Drinking from a Crystal cup will protect from toothache. Rock Crystal also heals respiratory tract diseases.
Ancient Greeks believed that the gods won’t deny help to a person that will come to their temple, with Rock Crystal in his hands. It is a stone of clairvoyants and scientists. It strengthens memory, improves speech and thought process, helps to reveal secrets. Instant coffee, after standing for a while on a pyramid made of Rock Crystal, develops a taste of natural coffee; cheap wines considerably improve their flavour. Water acquires healing properties: it dampens inflammatory reaction after stings and burns; improves digestion; meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, cheese and milk will be preserved fresh for an unusually long time. Putting a Crystal pyramid near computer monitor will reduce the influence of harmful radiation.