The word 'crystal' was derived from the Greek term 'Crystallos' from 'Krysos' which is loosely translated as frosty and ice cold. The Ancient Greeks believed that crystal was a form of ice that was so cold that it wouldn’t melt.
Crystal is a solid material that can be recognised on the outside by its flat faces and sharp angles. However scientifically, the definition of a crystal is a particular ordered atomic structure, visible through a microscope. It is popular in the manufacture of crystal jewellery, where a range of gorgeous rings, necklaces, earrings and beads are made to suit all styles.
Ancient and modern cultures have developed various uses for crystals over time. They have been used for medical purposes, healthcare, positive energy, special gifts, jewellery and sometimes magic.
Beliefs in the power of crystals for rituals, health, wellbeing and energy continue today. But there have been modern day discoveries with crystal, such as quartz, which is used to power watches and clocks. These clocks keep time more accurately than mechanical alternatives.
One of the leading authorities in the manufacture of crystal is Swarovski, who have led the way in innovation since its founding in 1895. By reducing the lead content which was traditional in man made production, Swarovski developed high quality crystals with such a stunning sparkle and clarity that they make the perfect affordable alternative to diamonds. In order to ensure your jewellery is made from the high quality and authentic Swarovski crystal, look out for the 'MADE WITH SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS' label at H.Samuel.