For many thousands of years, mankind has valued and cherished the inherent beauty of crystals and they have been used for a myriad of purposes, from amulets, to symbols of authority, and most notably for their beneficial energetic properties. It has been widely accepted over the ages that crystals and gemstones have intrinsic restorative properties, and have been used in a holistic manner throughout man's ancient history and even in our more recent history in the Far East and India. Stories of their use have been traced back to ancient Egypt and further back to the legendary civilizations of Lemuria and Atlantis. These ancient peoples did not wear gemstones just for decoration but for therapeutic and spiritual reasons. References to the use of crystals for purposes of health or healing is among the most ancient of all known therapies, and can be found in the Old Testament, as well as among the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Greek word for adornment was Cosmos, from which the modern word cosmetic is derived. Cosmos also meant the world or universe, as evidenced in the word cosmology, and the gemstone was widely considered to help the wearer get "in tune" with the world or universe about him. The word adornment can also be broken down etymologically as adore-ment, which translates to mean "making sacred and one with the cosmos".
The ancient modality of crystal therapy generally consisted of the laying on of gems. This later developed into the wearing or carrying of crystals or gemstones on the person or creating a grid or geometrical shape around ones personal space. The gems used for these purposes were carefully selected for their properties by examination through the Law of Signatures.