The beauty and power of crystals and other stones have long been recognized, from the ancient times of Tutankhamen to the modern masterpieces of Cartier and Faberge. They have always been prized for their beauty and their healing and spiritual properties. Healers, shamans, priests and spiritual seekers have used crystals for their activities. Crystal continues to find new ways in which minerals can help us restore to balance our stressful lives. Having crystals in your gathering can enliven the setting and boost the connection within the group.