Myths and legends have been passed down and written about the powers of gemstones dating back to the beginning of recorded history. Amazing tales of folklore through every culture and every civilization. Still even more is unknown and lost to time.
Quartz tools and crystals were unearthed with the discovery of Peking Man in the early 1900’s, dating man’s use of crystals back 750,000 years.
Worn by Babylonians, the agate was believed to ward off danger and to be a stone of strength. Often worn on breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle.
Emotionally, agate was said to provide courage, emotional strength, and self-confidence, Lessening feelings of envy by grounding the emotions and dispelling fears. Because of the harmonizing values and its ability to remove resentments and bitterness, the Sardoynx agate was also considered to be an excellent stone which helped to heal and improve relationships.
A story has been told that the Greek God of grapes and wine, Dionysus was n love with Artemis, the Goddess of the moon, forests, animals, and women in childbirth. Yet she had no desires for his affections. It was told that in a fit of anger Dionysus decided to release his tigers upon the first maiden he met, Amethyst a young girl on her way to worship Artemis. Just as the tigers pounced, before they reached the young maiden Artemis turned Amethyst into a pure clear crystal to protect her from the savage beasts. Realizing his error and in remorse for the damages he had caused it was told that Dionysus anointed the crystalized maiden with the last of his wine giving Amethyst its rich purple glow.
Of the many powers associated with Amethyst, protection against intoxication is one to widest beliefs. A stone of clarity, and protection from thieves it was also known to protect travelers along their journey.
The Greek Goddess of love, Aphrodite was said to have ridden the ocean waves upon an Abalone shell. The shell was often used to empower love spells. Said to protect its wearer from negative energies, the Abalone shell has been used by cultures ranging from ancient Egyptians, through the Middle Ages of Europe, to the tribes of Native Americans. A protector against anger, depression, fear, and sadness the Abalone shell is said to enlighten creative energies for the person wearing or carrying it.
Although little has been written down about the true history of Native Americans there is one haunting tail of the Apache Tear. A stone said to bring light to that which is hidden from the conscious mind, to purify the soul by replacing negative thoughts with positive attitudes. The Apache Tear was also thought to stimulate success and to release pain and loss to allow the bearer to continue on with life.
The legend of the Apache Tear holds that a tribe of Pinal Apaches had made numerous raids upon settlements around Arizona. Trailed by the military, the tribe was attacked at sunrise killing two-thirds of the tribe in the first volley. Retreating to the cliffs edge the remaining warriors chose death by their own hands rather than to die by the guns of the white man. For years afterwards the bleached bones of these Apache were found wedged into the crevices of the treacherous Big Pacacho cliffs.
In the story of the Apache Tears, the wives and lovers of those who died that morning gathered some distance away, were the sands were white and pure and for a moon they wept over their dead. It is said that their sorrow was so great that the Great Father imbedded their tears into small black stones which when held up to light revels the tears of the Apache women who cried for their lost lovers.
Many more stories and legends abound over the crystals and jewels we wear, far to many to write about in this short blog. But each has its own legend in folklore which adds to the mystery and beauty of the jewels we wear.