Rhinestone was already known to ancient people. They made the arrowheads. Tens of thousands of years ago the Aztecs and Maya carved ritual skull from one piece of crystal. To see these unique items now in museums in Europe and America. Women’s the skull crystal weighing 5 kg, is exhibited in the British Museum.
Due to its transparency, rock crystal has long been used for the production of lenses. For example, in Mongolia and China frame is often cauterized with the help of crystal balls through which the rays of the sun. The Olympic flame in Ancient Greece were also burned by using crystal lenses. It is curious that this tradition is revived in our days. In Ancient Rome, a rock crystal cut vases and decorated them with ornaments. In the Armoury chamber of Moscow Kremlin is stored product made of rock crystal: a samovar, a washstand and a mug that belonged to Peter I.
Similar in size and type balls from glass and rock crystal hand felt differently. The glass warms quickly, and the rhinestone stays cold. In Ancient Rome wealthy patricians used the large crystal balls to cool hands in hot weather. That is, self-deception or a good quality stone? Scientists have found the answer. It turned out that rock crystal, unlike glass, is easily conducts heat. He “takes” the heat away from the body, absorbs it with his body. And the glass is quickly heated from the surface, although the inside might stay cold. The crystals of Mountain crystal transparent outlandish and resemble icicles.
Sometimes there are stones with greenish and brownish shades. The origin of the name and description: No wonder the term “crystal” comes from the Greek word krystallos — ice. It is curious that the word “crystal” as applied to the form of minerals began to be used in Mineralogy only in the first half of the XVIII century, more precisely starting from 1747, In Japan rhinestone felt the frozen breath of the Dragon. Not so long ago in Europe rock crystal was called “Arab” or “Bohemian diamond”.
In Russian terminology until the second quarter of the XIX century “crystal” and “crystal” were synonymous and were used even in conjunction. Only later crystals became known as natural polyhedra minerals, and “crystal” with the definition of “mountain” stuck in the quartz. Just “crystal” is called heavy, highly refractive glass. From a chemical point of view rock crystal is quartz – conventional silicon dioxide. In nature, rock crystal is found in the form of crystals. Their sizes range from millimeters to meters. Sometimes the weight of the druses of mountain crystal reaches a ton.
Sometimes in crystals of rock crystal are found needle-like inclusions of rutile crystals. They are a bit like hair, so these stones are called “hair stone”, “needle” or “ezinye” stones. Compliance with the sign of the Zodiac: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini, Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio, Aries, Leo, Virgo. Medicinal properties: This mineral helps to increase in lactating women the amount of milk, improves the function of the gall bladder, sedative, calming effect. Helps with acute and chronic liver diseases and biliary tract, jaundice.
Protects children from lung diseases. In Ancient Tibet, Mongolia and China doctors make crystal balls to wounds to through the stone on the affected area get sunlight, and thus treat wounds. Modern scientists discovered the secret of this miraculous healing. It turns out that when passing through the crystal the ultraviolet rays kill bacteria, and promotes a speedy recovery. Roman soldiers used the spheres and lenses of rock crystal to focus sunlight for cauterizing wounds. The powder of rock crystal, dissolved in wine, helps in the treatment of dysentery and alleviate thirst during fever.
Enchantment of the stone is exposed to animals, healing the diseases of cattle. Modern stone therapeutists consider that a natural crystal stabilizes the spiritual and physical forces of man. The crystals of mountain crystal contribute to the good work of spinal cord and brain, help with coronary heart disease, varicose veins and respiratory diseases. Using a crystal rhinestone, you can relieve headache and to cope with stress. It is believed that they help to bring the temperature down.
In modern China crystal balls are used for massage, and small sharp crystals called banshee — for stimulation. Magical properties: Crystal ball — a frequent attribute of magicians and soothsayers. Magicians, fortune-tellers see in a well-carved balls of rock crystal visions of the future, the past, receive answers to various questions. Not accidentally rhinestone called a “seers stone”. Such balls at all times used for predictions of the future and calling up the spirits. Since ancient times it is believed that rock crystal alertness, improves speech, and sharpens thought processes.
Rhinestone grants its wearers the gift of clairvoyance. A ball of rock crystal was used by the Tibetan lamas and the modern fortune-teller Vanga. The largest “magic” ball of rock crystal is kept in the National Museum of Washington. Its diameter is equal to 32.7 cm. In Indian and Tibetan medicine in rock crystal has the leading role. It is believed that its energy is easily adjusted to the frequency of vibration of a person and stabilizes them. Tibetan lamas use crystal balls to disclose the “third eye”, they call the crystals of mountain crystal “alive”
because of their six faces symbolize the six chakras of man, converging to the top of the seventh chakra, which is directed upwards, into Space. Talismans and amulets: As the mascot of the crystals of mountain crystal are attracted to the owner of the love, the joy of life, sympathy of other people, luck, spiritual comfort and well-being. Rock crystal was regarded as a powerful hunting talisman. He was considered a living being that needs food, and “fed” it by dipping in the blood of the sacrificial animals. This stone, if you put it under your pillow saves the person from nightmares, relieves insomnia and unreasonable fears. Necklace of rock crystal – a great gift for nursing mothers – it is believed that it affects the appearance and quantity of milk.