Whether they’re used in jewelry or for more mystical purposes, humans have always been fascinated by gemstones. In fact, this intrigue goes all the way back to ancient civilizations. This rich history of our use of gemstones is part of the reason why they are still so popular today.

In fact, the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics consider some of these ancient uses when choosing gemstones for their skincare line. So with that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the ancient, traditional uses of popular gemstones.

#1 Amber
Ancient amber deposits were often found around Europe, and also in Central America. The unique stone soon became a popular item for trade as Europeans traveled around the ancient world. They would use amber to barter for goods along various trade routes with groups such as the Phoenicians and those even further east.

#2 Amethyst
With its bold purple color, amethyst very early on developed a reputation as being related to power and royalty. Egyptian leaders coveted the stone, and there are even amethysts on the British Crown jewels. The stone was thought to promote clear thinking when making important decisions.

#3 Aquamarine
With its name and color, aquamarine has always been tied to the sea. And not surprisingly, the stone has been known since the time of the ancient Greeks as a protector of sailors at sea, and also a promoter of successful trade. Some ancient myths state that aquamarine originally came from the treasure chests of mermaids.

#4 Aventurine
Unlike several of the European stones mentioned above, the origins of aventurine stem from both Tibet and the Amazon. The stone was commonly used in both cultures in statues, artwork and jewelry to bring power and beauty.

#5 Diamond
One of the most popular gemstones, diamonds have a rich history that dates back to India in the 4th century BC. The gem was soon popular through Europe and the Far East as a rare and beautiful crystal. It was often associated with power and courage.

About Kristals Cosmetics
Kristals Cosmetics has unlocked the holistically healing power of gemstones like aventurine to promote vibrant, radiant skin with a deep range of products, including creams, masks and serums. Kristals Cosmetics complements its gemstone-infused skincare products with leading-edge ingredients designed to pair perfectly with precious gems, including peptides, niacinamide and Vitamin C. In addition, Kristals features a full line of jewelry based on precious and semi-precious gemstones. You can find out more at Kristals.com or visit its other informational sites, like kristalsbeauty.com, kristalscosmetics.blogspot.com or kristalscosmetics.wordpress.com.