Your guide to the top 10 crystals for beginners.
If you are looking to begin a collection or to use find the right healing crystal for you then here are the top 10 easy to use crystals for beginners:
Best crystal for: Aiding sleep and relaxation.
Represents: Royalty and spirituality.
Use to: De-stress, purify your aura, and bring divine wisdom.
Vibrations: Amethyst generates gentle vibrations, giving a deeply calming sensation.
How to use: Place an Amethyst Cluster beside your bed to help you sleep like a baby and give you psychic protection as you dream. Alternatively, keep an Amethyst pocket stone with you to keep you calm throughout the day.
Best crystal for: Ease of use. Selenite is easy to use and connect with and doesn’t need cleansing or recharging.
Represents: Purity and the Moon Goddess Selene.
Use to: Soothe, cleanse and purify. Selenite clears out negative energy helping you to feel instantly more positive.
Vibrations: White light energy with gentle steady vibrations.
How to use: Keep Selenite near a window to invite pure white energy into your space. Cleanse other crystals with Selebite by placing them on the Selenite and leaving overnight in the moonlight. If you own a Selenite wand you can use it to open and close energy circles.
3. Clear Quartz
Best crystal for: Healing power.
Represents: Space, purity and patience. Quartz comes from the Greek word “ice” as they believed it was a form of permanent unthwable ice.
Use to: Reduce negativity, improve your mood and mental clarity, and unblock energy flows.
Vibrations: A high vibration crystal it is the most powerful master healer crystal.
How to use: As a programmable crystal, you can use it for intention setting. Simply transfer your intentions to the crystal which will then amplify them and help you manifest those intentions. Clear Quartz can also be used to cleanse and reprogram other crystals.
4. Green Aventurine
Best crystal for: Deep healing.
Represents: Its green colour represents nature, spring, new life, regrowth, and healing. It is thought to bring new opportunities and good luck.
Use to: Boost your chances of winning in all your enterprises. A natural powerhouse of a healer, it is great for releasing energy blockages.
Vibrations: A steady vibration crystal, with healing energies.
How to use: Place a stone in the palm of your hand during meditations, use this deeply healing crystal to allow your body to dispel energy blockages and begin the healing process.
Earthly wonder: The flashes of light beneath its surface are called “aventurescence” (optical reflectance) from particles of mica giving it deep mystic properties.
5. Rose Quartz
Best crystal for: Love and Divine Feminine energy.
Represents: The stone of unconditional love, Rose Quartz has been used as a love token since 600 B.C.
Use to: Welcome new love into your life or refresh old love. Awaken the goddess inside. Get your lovin’ on.
Vibrations: Rose Quartz emits soft feminine energy filling a space with tenderness, compassion, comfort and peace.
How to use: Keep a tumbled Rose Quartz pocket stone or mini-heart with you so you can allow new love into your life, let yourself be loved, and feel the confidence of the goddess inside you. A larger piece of raw or polished Rose Quartz should sit in the heart of the home to affirm existing relationships as well as soothe and tighten family bonds.
6. Black Tourmaline
Best crystal for: Protection.
Represents: The ultimate talisman of powerful protection.
Use to: Cleanse and purify. This semi-precious gemstone rebounds negative energy and reduces anxiety.
Vibrations: Strong and steading grounding vibrations which provide stabilising energy
How to use: Keep a pocket stone of Black Tourmaline with you to act as a talisman of protection, pushing away unwanted energy and people (great for warding off the office asshole). For putting up wards around your home or absorbing electromagnetic radiation from electronics, larger raw pieces work best. Place strategically at entrances or next to a computer for maximum effect.
7. Smoky Quartz
Best crystal for: Grounding power.
Represents: The dark power of the Earth Gods and has been used for Centuries in tribal ceremonies and druidic rituals.
Use to: Create harmony, balance and stop the madness. Connect with the spiritual world while keeping you safe in this one and releasing negative energy into the Earth.
Vibrations: Grounding powerful vibrations.
How to use: You can use Smoky Quartz as a crystal to meditate with as it connects to your Root Chakra providing an anchor to the natural world. This allows you to focus your primal energy and survival instincts (flight or fight) which are triggered during times of stress in a more positive way within the body helping you become more grounded and stable.
Placed in the home it creates a safe space helping those under your roof to speak the truth to one another. Its grounding vibrations create harmony and balance.
Best crystal for: Money blessings.
Represents: Wealth, good fortune and abundance.
Use to: Help you see the path ahead and as the ultimate good luck charm. As a sun energy crystal, it radiates healing solar energy to help you calm anxiety and frustrations.
Vibrations: Strong protective energy.
How to use: Place a cluster or a cube on your office desk to bring you success in all your endeavours or pop it near a window to channel good fortune into your life.
9. Black Obsidian
Best crystal for: Removing confusion.
Represents: Fire energy.
Use to: Banish negative energy and burn through any clouds of confusion. A natural volcanic glass, it is full of fiery power.
Vibrations: Hot but controlled volcanic energy.
How to use: Keep with you as a pocket stone to keep you in a positive vibe, then sit with it close by in the evening to help you recover from all the trials of the day. Obsidian is an ideal meditation stone for those wishing to refresh their thoughts and move on from past experiences and worries. Spheres work particularly well for advanced meditations.
10. Blue Lace Chalcedony
Best crystal for: Communication.
Represents: Historically it was used to neutralize the “Evil Eye” it is still believed to cushion us so that we are not so affected by external energies.
Use to: Aligned to the Throat Chakra it enhances communication skills, allowing you to speak up with confidence and clearly express your thoughts. An ideal stone to help you release anxiety and stress, particularly in the head, neck and shoulder areas.
Vibrations: Gentle, calming vibrations, ideal for those needing to wind down.
How to use: Best used as a stone to meditate with when you need to chill out or kept in your working space for you to hold when you need to find your power of winning communications. Those of a shy persuasion should carry a Blue Lace Chalcedony as a pocket stone to give them the courage.
+ / – Citrine
Citrine is often recommended to beginners but we have chosen not to include it in this list.
For crystal beginners, Citrine can be a tricky stone. It represents good luck, money and wealth and makes an ideal stone to carry in your purse. However, real Citrine is very expensive and often people are mis-sold baked Citrine as real Citrine.
Real Citrine is pale or smoky yellow, baked Citrine is more vibrant orange/yellow in colour. Baked Citrine is actually low-grade Amethyst which has been heat-treated to turn it into Citrine. They are both chemically the same and heating would naturally happen within the earth when the crystal is formed to turn the crystal naturally into Citrine. But we don’t want you all seeking out Citrine only to feel duped if you buy one of the “baked” variety. If you would like to purchase Citrine source it careful – see our Crystal Magick Money Kit >>
Top Tip: How to choose your crystals
Think about the energy you want to invite into your life or any particular problems you are having.
You could select one crystal to help you overcome your problems and the other to bring in the new energy you want to receive. For example, if you wish to dispel the negative energy in your home, you could use a raw chunk of Black Tourmaline placed near a door, but then you would like to fill your home with love, happiness and affection for which you would place a piece of Rose Quartz in the heart of your home.
On a daily basis, you may need calming energy to surround you, so for this, you could keep an Amethyst tumbled pocket stone close at hand in your bag, pocket or bra to settle your nerves and relieve anxiety.
Think about the situation you will be using the crystal in. Do you need to keep it in your pocket? Place it on your bedside table? Or does its energy need to fill a whole room? Choose a crystal in a form that suits your daily usage of it and the level of power you need it to have.
- Tumbled Crystals: These are usually small to medium stones which have been polished smooth in a rotating “tumbling barrel” over many days. These crystals are ideal to carry with you in a pocket or handbag during the day as a talisman or to use during meditations. These are often referred to as Pocket Stones or Meditation Stones.
- Raw Crystals: Are crystals in their natural form. They have not been tumbled or polished. They showcase their natural beauty and crystal formation. These range from small to very large and make amazing display pieces in your home which spread their energy into all corners of a room. Natural crystals are often referred to as natural points, clusters or raw crystals.
- Cut Crystals: These crystals have been modified, cut and usually polished into various shapes. Some crystals are partially cut with some surfaces polished and others are wholly cut and polished. Each shape emits energy differently and has its own meaning and properties, often enhancing the crystal. Check out our Blog post on How to Choose the Right Cut Crystal Shape for You >>