I love crystals as much for their aesthetic value as anything else. They’re said to work on a vibratory or energetic level and can help direct your focus if you’re engaging in a heavy amount of self-development. If you have a specific purpose in mind, by all means, do your research beforehand, although I sometimes like to buy what I’m attracted to and then find out more about it later on. It can be easy to miss the obvious when looking for self-help cures and tonics. We conveniently ignore parts of ourselves we would rather not acknowledge, so interpreting something we’ve already bought can be a good way of learning things about yourself. You can either wear it as jewellery, carry a stone in your pocket or sleep with a chunk under your pillow.
Crystals are often grouped according to colour when deciding on meanings and this often corresponds to other energy methods such as the chakras or colour therapy. Red stones will be seen as beneficial to the root chakra or sexual problems. Red also covers issues connected to action or the inability to assert oneself. Purple or violet will be indicated for use with the crown chakra and have strong correlations to so-called spiritual energy which is really just shorthand for being a better person and keeping the mind open enough to learn, grow and understand.
Agate: Available in many colours both naturally occurring and dyed. All Agates are good for anxiety and stress. Can be used as an amulet to protect against physical harm.
Amber: Not a strong healing stone; works instead by drawing disease out of the body. An excellent choice if you need something to absorb negative energy. Helps you to be more grounded if you’re spaced out. Cleanse it often in water or meditation if you are actively using it.
Amethyst: A soothing stone which can help to promote peaceful sleep and insightful dreams. Good for clairvoyance, intuition, and spiritual awakening. Amethyst can help to eradicate anger and other intense emotions.
Aquamarine: Strong association with water. Decreases anxiety and negative thinking. It will bring peace and is said to protect those who are travelling by sea. Can help to eliminate excess body fluids.
Calcite: Blue. Excellent for gaining mental distance from problems and helping to develop an objective viewpoint. Will cool heated emotions; this stone will help you to regain control of yourself if you are going through challenging situations that require detachment.
Calcite: Brown. I’ve found this to be beneficial if you need to think more solidly. If you have trouble grounding your thoughts or being realistic, this stone may help to understand when, where, or if you need to be more practical.
Calcite: Green. Another good stone for therapy as it helps with releasing old ways of thinking so that new positive thoughts can be assimilated. It can also be used if you need to work on trust issues.
Calcite: Yellow. Excellent for when you need your mind to be sharp. It will teach you how to apply your higher-minded thoughts in everyday life and communication. A good one to use if you’re having therapy.
Carnelian: Another good stone for absorbing negative energy; it is said to offer protection from envy and can bring happiness too. It’s a good stone to use if you are stuck in the past or wandering off into the future; carnelian is a stone of living in the present moment.
Charoite: Brilliant stone for improving third eye awareness and also for releasing fears of the unknown. It connects the heart and crown chakra and is very much a stone for the soul. It’s said to enable you to walk the highest roads.
Chrysocolla: I love this stone. It teaches kindness, patience, and humility and is a brilliant one for using your higher mind. It will teach you how to improve your ability to detach without shutting off your emotions.
Citrine: Good for aiding mental clarity and clear communication because it helps to express creativity. Citrine can help to reorganise your thoughts if they are jumbled and will aid any learning process.
Coral: Colours range from white through to brown. It is said this stone can help those who worry about what others think of them. Coral can be beneficial for those in the caring professions.
Emerald: Cheap pieces are available. It can be a good stone to wear in the early stages of a relationship as it can ease the feelings of vulnerability. It brings fertility and growth into your life.
Fluorite: A tri-coloured stone that is used for combining mind, body, and spirit. It works on the heart for those learning to love unconditionally and will help you to move onto your next level of spiritual awareness.
Hematite: A stone that helps to purify the blood and release toxins from within the psyche. It repels negativity and can show you how to release your negativity safely.
Jade: The Chinese regard Jade as an auspicious gem. There is a soothing quality to this stone and it aids with balancing feelings in an earthly way. It will absorb negativity and criticism.
Jet: This is another stone that is said to help you connect with past lives and bygone civilisations. The dense black of the stone is helpful in repelling negativity and can be used in magic to draw energy from the earth whilst protecting the aura. If you’re not into the concept of rebirth, use it for the years gone by if you’re processing old hurts.
Kunzite: A very feminine stone and can help if you need to increase your sensitivity towards others or soften the more aggressive tendencies you may have. It will encourage you to love yourself and express your feelings.
Kyanite: Apparently kyanite never needs to be cleaned. Works on the throat chakra enabling expression of inner truth. Kyanite also helps to broaden perspective and can be useful during meditation. Some say it aligns all the chakras as soon as you hold it.
Lapis Lazuli: Used for many purposes by the Egyptians. This is a good stone for psychic ability. It has a penetrating quality and acts as the proverbial sword so use it with other specific healers for added power.
Larimar: Also known as the dolphin or Atlantis stone. It is a soothing stone that heals and increases feminine energy. Very useful in connecting to water energy and learning to go with the flow.
Malachite: This will act as a mirror to bring into consciousness that which needs to be healed. Place over areas of dis-ease and it will show you the emotional or psychological reasons of the illness. Because of its density, it will absorb energy so will need to be cleaned if used.
Moonstone: Another feminine stone. It will give guidance dreams if placed under a pillow and can help you to develop clairvoyance. Good for a man that needs to balance his masculine and feminine.
Obsidian: Another personal favourite because of how it looks but it is not for everyone. This stone is said to act as a psychological missile and will tune you into the deepest and darkest parts of yourself. It will show you the light of truth.
Opals: Attracts fire energy. Brilliant for creative self-expression and speaking your truth. Increases masculine energy and is said to draw people and much-needed resources closer.
Peridot: A good stone for the heart but also for detoxing the body from overindulgence. I did read somewhere that only very spiritual people should wear peridot, so maybe it draws out arrogance and mental superiority too 😉
Petrified Wood: A good stone for grounding and increasing common sense but also connecting with ancient civilisations and the ages that have gone before us.
Quartz: Clear. Available in clusters or single pieces it has the power to amplify all other stones when used together. It has an ability to clear thoughts and feelings and will energise whatever it comes into contact with.
Quartz: Rose. A strong heart healer. Good for self-esteem and is another feminine stone that can help to balance male-female polarity. A relatively inexpensive crystal which looks lovely even in its raw for.
Quartz: Rutilated. The gold threads that run through are said to carry information and enable you to communicate more effectively. Helps to improve listening skills so you can assimilate what gets said to you.
Quartz: Smoky. Absorbs negative energy into itself and transforms it into positive. It will help you to face your inner shadows to enable the rebirth of your soul qualities.
Rhodochrosite: This is a good stone for helping to combat anger. It increases bravery yet calms passions. It can help if you are going through a rebirth and releasing past traumas.
Ruby: Cheap pieces are available. It is said that Rubies can help you to attune to your past life records and will strengthen your survival instincts. Would be good to use if you’re overly passive or need to develop assertiveness.
Sapphire: Strong protective qualities and can increase psychic energy. A truth seeker stone that helps to clear away doubt and mental cobwebs.
Selenite: I’ve found this to be quite an interesting one for actually shifting perspective. A curious detachment from earthly concerns can occur when holding a decently sized piece. It is said to possess the ability to record information.
Septarian: Also known as the dragon stone; a good all-rounder for health and general well-being. I’m wondering if there’s a connection to the number seven with this one, although haven’t looked around to see if anyone else has suggested it.
Seraphinite: Another beautiful stone and said to be one of the most powerful healing stones available to mankind. Most say it connects to angels, but personally, I feel it’s more about connecting to life here on earth and the energy all around us.
Shiva Lingam: It is said that this stone can increase fertility, especially for a man. It’s used to help with the connection between the physical and spiritual levels; it will enhance masculine energy in both men and women.
Sodalite: A stone for activating the third eye. It will help you to think more rationally and is great for balancing the mind. This stone will help to increase spiritual ways of thinking and clear out old patterns of thought that are of the lower mind.
Stibnite: This is used for transformation and is said to bring great power and wealth. I can’t help feeling there should be a connection to the future with this one and visions of things to come.
Sugilite: Another third eye stone that brings new ways of thinking. Not as good as others for clearing old patterns but stronger in its effects for spiritual awakening. It is said to alter the aura quite strongly and may help if you need to reconcile vulnerability and power.
Tanzanite: A beautiful stone that assists in furthering spiritual development. It can help with self-expression and bring positive qualities such as wisdom to the surface. A powerful stone for now. Can be used to form a connection with the higher self.
Tektite: It is said that tektite can open psychic passages by working on the lower chakras, clearing them of blockages so the energy can move freely upwards towards the heart and crown.
Tigers Eye: A beautiful stone for grounding yourself. Helps to focus on growth in the material world by directing you to your true path. One that brings inner as well as outer happiness.
Topaz: I love Topaz, but it can be very expensive even for small amounts. Make sure it’s not other stones which have been heat-treated to look like Topaz. Topaz brings life force and fire energy. Under the pillow, it will energise you whilst you sleep.
Tourmaline: Black. Also known as Schorl, can act as a defence against negativity that is directed towards you, and that which you feel towards yourself. A good stone to help you remain positive even if surrounded by the dark. Wards off psychic attack.
Tourmaline: Green. Also known as Verdelite. A multi-level healer that will strengthen the body so you can channel more spiritual energy. It is said it can adjust itself to the individual needs of the user.
Tourmaline: Pink. Also known as Rubellite. Tourmaline does not absorb or hold any negativity. Carrying it will release sadness and fear which then enables you to have your heart open. It can be beneficial in the early stages of a relationship as you learn to trust your feelings again.
Tourmaline: Watermelon. One of the best stones for the heart chakra. It opens us up to show how we can achieve the state of unconditional love, brings healing to the heart and lightens the burdens on the emotional plane by helping energy to flow freely between mind, body, and spirit.
Turquoise: An excellent stone for the throat chakra as it aids self-expression and helps to release the blockages that stop you from talking about your deeper feelings. Good for the lungs and directs you to live your soul’s purpose.
Vanadinite: I love the colour of this stone. It is said to promote vitality and strengthen the will to live by re-awakening the inner child and passion for life itself. Great stone to carry if you lack fire in your birth chart.