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Crystal Jewelry

The word crystal derives from the Greek for ice, reflecting

a charming belief dating back to the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder,

who thought crystal quartz to be water that had been frozen

for long periods and become ice. By the 17th century, people understood

that crystal was actually a mineral found abundantly within the Earth's

continental crust and when brought to the surface, made for beautiful

crystal jewelry. The ability of crystal to split light into a spectrum is

certainly magical, as reflected in the myths surrounding quartz in culture

like Aboriginal Australia, Europe, where it has been found regularly in

passage-tomb cemeteries and prehistoric Ireland, where they venerated

grian cloch, the "stone of the sun."


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