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10 Powerful Crystals For Beginners

Crystals come in many different shapes and colors, and if you’re new to the crystal world it can be hard to know where to start. Gemstone all have their own healing properties and can be used to attract luck, release anxiety, or bring clarity of mind among other things. To help you get started with healing crystals, I have picked 10 crystals that are fantastic for beginners. You can use them to manifest your desires and reap their benefits. Below, you’ll find my best tips on how to use gemstones for beginners and 10 powerful crystals to start on your crystal journey. 

How do you use crystals for beginners

There is so much info about crystal healing that it can be overwhelming for beginners. The truth is, there are many ways to use crystals. 

Crystals and gemstones come in many forms and colors, and all have their own vibrational frequency. Most people use crystals to transform negative energy into positive and strengthen their intention. 

Whether you want to attract money, release stress, or help with insomnia, crystals can help you. However, it’s important to understand that they will not cure your disease or provide a permanent solution to a problem. Below, I give you a few tips on how to use crystals for beginners. 

1. Choose a crystal

Generally speaking, I always recommend choosing a crystal that speaks to you rather than looking for a specific one. However, if you intend to use your crystal for healing it would make sense to pick one that has the energetic properties that match your intentions. 

Once you’ve chosen which crystal you want to buy, you’ll have to choose its shape. From points, to tumble stones, there are many shapes to choose from. The shape of your crystal won’t change its healing properties, it will just change how you feel about it. Here are the most common crystal shapes:

Raw crystals: raw stones haven’t been cut or polished and are just in their natural form. Most people love these crystals simply because you can truly enjoy their natural beauty. These crystals are available in a wide range of sizes.

Tumbled stones: Tumbled stones are great for carrying your pocket, bra, or bag. They are usually small polished stones and are cheaper than raw crystals. Actually, this shape of crystals is perfect for beginners. 

Cabochons: Cabochons or polished stones are especially in crystal jewelry. I personally use crystals cabochons to make my jewelry. I love this shape because it allows you to wear directly your crystal on you instead of carrying it. If you like crystal jewelry, check out my shop.

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2. Cleanse your crystal

Once you’ve chosen your crystal, you need to cleanse it. Cleansing helps to remove negative energies from your stone. In fact, you should always cleanse a new crystal once you get it because it might be carrying energies from its previous owner and environment.

There are many ways to cleanse crystals. Whether you want to immerse it in salt water or cleanse it with the moon, choose the option that suits you best. However, it is good to know that some crystals cannot be wet, so before you decide to clean your crystal with water, make sure you check the list of crystals that cannot be submerged. 

See also: How to cleanse crystals: the complete guide

3. Set your intention

After you’ve cleansed your crystal, you can start working with it. To do this, you can program it or set your intention. This means you are informing your crystal of your desire.

To program your crystal, you can hold it in your hands, and close your eyes. Try to quieten your mind and focus on your intention. Then, aloud or in your head, clearly state your intention or desire. You can keep the crystal with you for a few days as it will serve as a daily reminder of that goal.

There are many other ways you can use crystals for healing. You can simply place them in your home or office, make crystal grids, meditate with crystals, or carry them in your bag. 

4. Charge your crystal

It’s important to recharge your crystals from time to time.  There is no perfect time to do this, you can just recharge your gemstones whenever you feel it’s necessary. Most people like to recharge their crystals whenever there is a full moon. 

To charge your crystals, simply place them under the full moon for the night. You can also use other crystals or bury them in the soil to recharge them. Once your crystal is cleansed and charged, you can set a new intention with it. 

See also: How to charge crystals for healing

5. Store your crystal

If you’re buying crystal geodes, points, or cut stones, you can keep them in an altar or on a shelf. You can keep your polished stones in a drawstring bag to protect them from rubbing. 

I also keep a small wooden box where I place my most fragile gemstones. This also protects them from direct sunlight, which can make some crystals fade.

Now that you know how to use crystals, let’s talk about the best crystals for beginners. 

10 powerful crystals for beginners

There are so many crystals, it was hard to pick only ten! I chose pretty common crystals that you can easily find in a crystal shop. Also, most of them provide healing benefits that most people could need. So, here are 10 powerful crystals for beginners:

1. Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz, often referred to as the Master healer, is one of the best crystals for beginners. In fact, it is the most adaptable crystal out there. Clear Quartz has many properties and can be programmed for any purpose. It is also a crystal with powerful energy-enhancing properties, meaning that it can amplify the energy of other crystals. 

Clear Quartz is a powerful healer and can bring clarity of mind. It is a great crystal for meditation as it helps to cleanse your aura. This crystal is very common, easy to find, and affordable. If you had to have only one crystal, I’d recommend getting a Clear Quartz. 

This crystal absorbs energy very easily. For this reason, it is important to cleanse it very often. Clear Quartz is also often used to activate and balance all of the chakras.

Color: white or clear

Astrological sign: all astrological signs

Chakra: crown

Vibration: number 4

Rarity: common

Origin: USA, Namibia, Brazil, China, India, Madagascar, Morocco, Russia, Tibet

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: amplifies intention, brings clarity of mind, facilitates communication

clear quartz2. Amethyst

Easy to find, Amethyst is probably the most popular of all minerals. Amethyst is a powerful crystal, often called the stone of sobriety because it was used to help to deal with addiction in ancient times. Amethyst is great for releasing stress, and promoting concentration, which makes it the perfect stone to meditate with.

Many people place an Amethyst under their pillow to promote restful sleep and fight nightmares. You can also use Amethyst to balance your chakras, as it supports both the crown and third eye chakra. 

In addition, Amethyst purifies negative energies. It’s the perfect crystal to use for protection. Finally, you can use it to strengthen your natural psychic abilities.

Color: purple, lavender

Astrological sign: Aquarius, Capricorn, Pisces, Virgo

Chakra: third eye, crown

Vibration: number 3

Rarity: common

Origin: Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, India, Uruguay, China, Tanzania

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: helps with nightmares and insomnia, helps develop psychic abilities, releases stress and anxiety

amethyst crystal for beginners3. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz, the crystal of love and compassion is the ultimate heart healer. For this reason, Rose Quartz can be used to balance the heart chakra. This powerful crystal for beginners is perfect for those who want to heal emotional pain, attract love, or simply improve your self-love. 

You can also use Rose Quartz to resolve negative emotions and facilitate forgiveness and compassion. It is also the perfect stone for those experiencing emotional trauma. If you want to amplify the healing effect of this crystal, you can get a piece in the shape of a heart, or wear a piece of Rose Quartz near your heart. 

Rose Quartz is a very feminine crystal. It also a fantastic gift for a partner, friend, or member of your family. 

Color: pink

Astrological sign: Libra, Taurus

Chakra: heart

Vibration: number 7

Rarity: common

Origin: Brazil, Madagascar, India

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: anger release, emotional healing, love, and self-love

rose quartz crystals4. Tiger’s Eye

Tiger’s Eye is another great stone for beginners. This stone carries a lot of earth energies, making it the perfect stone for grounding yourself. Tiger’s Eye also gives you courage, confidence, and encourages growth. 

If you’re an artist, you can carry Tiger’s Eye in your pocket, as it promotes creativity and boosts motivation. In general, Tige’s Eye has a calming effect and can help you deal with difficult situations. Finally, you can use Tiger’s Eye for protection and raising vibrations. 

Color: brown

Astrological sign: Capricorn, Leo

Chakra: solar plexus

Vibration: number 4 and 8

Rarity: common

Origin: Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, Canada, India

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: keeps you grounded, boosts creativity, helps achieve goals

tiger eye electroformed necklace5. Citrine

Citrine is considered the stone of prosperity. This mineral comes in many forms including points, clusters, and tumbled stones. Natural Citrine tends to be pale yellow. If you find Citrine that is dark yellow or orange, it’s most likely heat-treated Amethyst. Which means it’s Amethyst that has been heated until it turns yellow.

Citrine balances the solar plexus chakra and can help boost self-confidence and sense of self-worth. Citrine is a beautiful crystal and a great gemstone for beginners. This crystal is also often used to increase happiness.It is also said to help attract professional success and wealth.

Color: yellow

Astrological sign: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra

Chakra: solar plexus

Vibration: number 6

Rarity: common

Origin: Brazil, Madagascar, Russia

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: boosts happiness, helps with self-confidence and self-worth

citrine crystal for beginners6. Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz is definitely one of the best crystals for beginners. This grounding stone is very powerful and is good to absorb negative energy. It keeps you rooted and promotes better focus. For this reason, Smoky Quartz is great if you need to keep a clear head or let go of negativity. 

Smoky Quartz is perfect for working with ground and solar plexus chakra. This stone can also be used to clean environments or other stones. It has steady energy yet very powerful. Smoky Quartz is actually a fantastic stone to meditate with. 

Finally, you can use Smoky Quartz to push harmful energies away and protect your house and other possessions.

Color: brown

Astrological sign: Capricorn, Sagittarius, Scorpio

Chakra: root

Vibration: number 2 and 8

Rarity: common

Origin: Africa, Brazil, China, India, Arkansas

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: grounding stone, helps with depression, reduces stress and tension

smoky quartz7. Hematite

Hematite is a great stone for emotional stability. It is known to absorb toxic emotions such as stress and anxiety. It’s also good to maintain mental clarity and helps you remain positive. If you need to stay grounded in any situation, you should carry Hematite with you. It’s also a good stone for turning negative energies into positive vibrations. If you’re in a relationship, you could benefit from the good vibes of this crystal. 

Physically, this crystal is also used to overcome addiction or detoxifying. It also provides physical benefits. In fact, it is said to be helpful for the liver and blood circulation. 

Color: gray, silver

Astrological sign: Aquarius, Aries

Chakra: root

Vibration: number 9

Rarity: common

Origin: Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, India, Morocco, Madagascar

Mineral class: oxides

Healing properties: helps diffuse anger, releases negativity, brings emotional balance

Hematite stone8. Carnelian

Carnelian is a wonderful crystal for increasing personal power and courage. It’s also one of the best crystals for those who need to boost their creativity and encourage self-expression. Carnelian is strongly linked to the sacral chakra. Wearing or carrying this stone will allow you to achieve projects and dreams. This crystal really encourages initiative and can give you confidence. 

This crystal is also used to gain sexual confidence. In fact, Carnelian can help boost stamina and can aid in male impotency. Aside from that, you can use Carnelian to meditate as it’ll allow deeper concentration.  Carnelian can also be useful in making decisions as it keeps you focused and grounds you in reality. 

Color: orange

Astrological sign: Cancer, Leo, Taurus

Chakra: sacral

Vibration: number 5 and 6

Rarity: common

Origin: Brazil, India

Mineral class: silicates

Healing properties: diffuses anger, comforting, helps with sexual confidence

mix of tumbled stones9. Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian is a very popular crystal, and it’s a great one for beginners. Sometimes called the ‘wizard stone’, Black Obsidian has been used in magical practices since ancient times. It has powerful properties and is often worn to shield against negativity or hostile entities.

This crystal can also help ease tensions and is a great stone to use for healing. If you use it during meditation, it’ll help you find a creative way through problems. Black Obsidian is also known to release tensions and allows the wearer to move forward in life. If you wear this crystal, it’ll protect you from hostility and negativity, as well as psychic ‘vampires’.

Color: black 

Astrological sign: Aries, Capricorn, Sagittarius

Chakra: root

Vibration: number 1

Rarity: common

Origin: Brazil, India, Mexico, China

Mineral class: mineraloids

Healing properties: helps emotional blockages, provides psychic protection, protects against negativity

black obsidian10. Selenite 

Selenite is very common, cheap, and is definitely one fo the best crystals for beginners. This crystal is an interesting looking crystal with a translucent pearly color. It can dispel negative energy and facilitate connection to powerful guides, guardians or higher self. 

This crystal is fantastic to calm and soothe oneself and bring a sense of tranquility. Also used to clear mental confusion, Selenite can be used to solve problems and bring mental clarity.

Selenite is excellent for spiritual work and is strongly connected to the crown chakra. Finally, this crystal can be used to meditate and strengthen memory. 

Color: white

Astrological sign: Taurus

Chakra: crown, third eye

Vibration: number 8

Rarity: common

Origin: India, Madagascar, Morocco

Mineral class: hydrated sulfates

Healing properties: brings positive energy, boosts self-confidence, helps to connect with higher realms

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What makes these crystals good for beginners

I have chosen these crystals for beginners because they are must-have crystals. Also, they are cheap, common, and easy to use. Their properties can be valuable to almost anyone and you won’t have a hard time finding them. Obviously, you can choose to buy another crystal that’s not on the list. Whether you want to buy your first crystal online or at a local shop, you should find one that speaks to you. 

See also: Crystal jewelry in the shop

Bottom line

Crystals have been used for holistic therapy for years and many people enjoy their healing benefits every day. If you’re wondering which crystals you should get as a beginner, I definitely recommend getting Quartz or Amethyst. These two are the most common crystals, and clearly your collection wouldn’t be complete without them! 

Once you have your crystal, you can set your intention and keep it with you for several days. Don’t forget to cleanse it and charge it periodically. What was the first crystal you ever bought? Let me know in the comments below!

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How To Cleanse Crystals: The Complete Guide

Crystals and gemstones are known to absorb positive and negative energy from you and the environment around them. If you want your stones to keep functioning to their full potential, you need to cleanse them. This is particularly important if you use them for healing. So, how to cleanse crystals?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to wait for the full moon to cleanse your beautiful gemstones. Read on to discover everything you need to know about cleansing crystals and how to do it the right way.

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Do I need to cleanse my crystals?

If you are using your stones for healing, then yes, you definitely need to cleanse them. Some people enjoy having crystals around and don’t use them for anything else than home decor. If this is your case, you do not really need to cleanse them. But a good clean with water could be both beneficial to remove dust and the bad vibes from your minerals.

Why do I need to cleanse crystals?

Many people use crystals to soothe their mind, body, and soul because they are said to absorb energies. So, after a while, they need to be cleansed to clean them from any negativity they have absorbed from you and their environment. Cleansing crystals is a way to refresh them and renew their energy. 

How often should I cleanse my crystals?

How often you want to cleanse your gemstones is really up to you. If you use them for healing sessions, you can cleanse them weekly. Also, you can be intuitive about this. If you find them looking dull, greasy or sticky, it’s time to cleanse them. 

I personally like to cleanse mine once or twice a month, before I set my intentions.

Also, you should always cleanse your crystals as soon as you get them. Because while they’ve been sitting on a shelf, they’ve already absorbed energy from their environment and anyone who has handled them before you.

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How to cleanse crystals: the complete guide

There are many different ways you can cleanse your gemstones. If you are unsure of how you want to do it, try several different ways and see what works best for you. Below, I have listed 10 ways to cleanse crystals. 

Sage

Sage is known for its many healing properties. For this reason, smudging crystals with sage is one of the most effective ways to cleanse them. All you have to do is hold your crystals in the smoke to cleanse the stored negative energies. I personally use white sage smudge sticks to cleanse my crystals and my home.

Crystal clusters

Some crystals have the ability to cleanse other crystals. Clear Quartz, Amethyst and Selenite are some of them. Crystal clusters can absorb the energies contained within other gemstones and neutralize bad vibrations. You can effectively cleanse your crystals and energize them at the same time with crystal clusters.

Selenite does not need cleansing. To clean your gemstones with Selenite, simply place your crystal over your Selenite. If you are using Selenite wands, you can put all your crystals in a box with Selenite and program your wand to cleanse all crystals. 

Sunlight or Moonlight

Sunlight and moonlight can both charge and cleanse your gemstones. However, some stones such as Amethyst or Rose Quartz are susceptible to discoloration under the sun. So do your research before you put your stones out.

I like to set my crystals out on a full moon night and bring them in before noon the next day. This way, they bathe both in sun and moonlight. If you don’t have an outdoor area, you can place your stones on a windowsill. Also, don’t forget to check the forecast for rain before you put your crystals outside, you wouldn’t want to mess up your stones.

You can cleanse and charge your crystals under any moon, but the full moon is the best time to do it.

sky with full moon

Salt

Salt has many healing properties. Many people use it as an antiseptic, for detoxifying or cleansing. To cleanse your crystals with salt, fill a large bowl with sea salt or Himalayan pink salt and bury your gemstones in. You can leave them here for 24 hours and wait for the salt to work its magic. 

Note that some crystals don’t handle salt exposure really well. In fact, salt can be damaging to certain gemstones. So, don’t forget to research which stones can be cleansed with salt before using this method.

Once you finished cleansing your crystals with the salt, throw it away. You can’t use this salt for cooking.

Running water

Cleansing your crystals with water is a great way to physically and energetically cleanse them. You can use tap water, bottled water, rain, river or ocean water. Whatever water source you choose, make sure your stone is completely submerged. Dry well when complete.

As far as I’m concerned, I like to soak my crystals in a bowl of river or ocean water.

But remember, some crystals should never get wet. This cleansing technique is best for hard stones such as Amethyst or Quartz, which can handle water exposure. You can learn more about what crystals can’t get wet here.

Salt water

If you want to combine the benefits of salt and water, you can put your crystals in a salt water bath. It is one of the easiest ways to cleanse your gemstones.

You can soak your crystals in water with a pinch of salt for 24 hours. You can also collect a bowl of ocean water if you prefer. Don’t forget to rinse your crystals after the salt bath and pat dry completely.

I already mentioned that salt isn’t good for all stones. Stones that are soft or porous (Selenite, Malachite…) will not react well to salt. Use this method for hard stones only. 

Earth

After all, the earth is giving us crystals, so what’s best than a bit of nature to restore their energies.

Like sunlight and moonlight, earth can charge and cleanse your crystals. If you have a garden, you can bury your crystals in the ground for a day. They will be reenergized with earthy energy and cleaned from the negative vibes they accumulated.

Fire

You can use fire to cleanse your crystals. All you have to do is rotate them 7 times over a candle flame. Direct fire will immediately burn away all the negative energies. 

If you don’t want to use fire, you can use smoke to cleanse your gemstones. The most popular smudging tools are incense, sage, and palo santo. I mentioned earlier I like to smudge my stones with sage. But you can smudge your crystals with any bundle of herbs. This method is great because you can cleanse your stones and purify your home at the same time.

For this method, all you have to do is place your smudging tool in a fireproof dish and let the smoke cleanse your crystals. 

Visualization

You can actually cleanse your gemstones with the power of your mind. One of the best ways to do that is to meditate with your crystals.

For this method, simply get into a meditative state, and hold your crystal in your hands. Then, visualize a bright white light enveloping your gemstone. Alternatively, you can blow on your crystal. Imagine you are blowing a bright stream of white light. Do this until your feel your gemstone is shiny. 

This method is great for those who practice meditation often. However, it’s not the best if you have a big batch of stones to cleanse as it can be tiring.

Sound cleansing

You can use the vibrations and the sound of a singing bowl to cleanse your crystals. All you have to do is place your crystals around the bowl, not inside, and strike the side of the bowl. Repeat as necessary.

singing bowl for cleanse crystals

Bottom line

As you can see, there are many different ways we can cleanse our crystals. I personally like to smudge them before recharging them under the moonlight on a full moon. 

After cleansing your crystals, you can program them and set new intentions. How do you cleanse your crystals? Let me know in the comments below!

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How To Charge Crystals For Healing

Crystals are believed to hold healing vibrations which many of us use to bring luck, ease worries or meditate. They have been used in healing rituals for many years, and absorb negative energies of our bodies and environment. Whether you have 1 or 100 crystals, if you believe in their healing capacities, you’ll need to charge them. In this post, I answer all your questions about charging crystals and give you tips on how to charge crystals for healing. 

Charging vs cleansing crystals

For many people, charging and cleansing crystals is the same thing. now, in my experience, these are two different things. 

I charge my crystals when I want to renew their energy and give them a boost. While cleansing is more a way to purify my crystals and remove the negative energies they have absorbed. 

Both cleansing and charging crystals are good for them, so make sure you do both. Especially if you use your crystals often or have used them for a difficult healing session. 

Why do you charge crystals?

Because they absorb negative energies and vibrations, crystals need to be charged and cleansed from time to time. For example, If you want to use your crystals for a healing session, you will need to charge them first.

Charging crystals is a way to refresh them and amplify their positive vibes. Just like you need to rest and restore your energies after a long week of work, crystals are the same. When you charge your crystals, you replenish their energy fully. Don’t forget to cleanse your stone before you charge it. 

If you do not believe in the metaphysical side of crystals, you don’t have to charge them. Many of my customers just wear or have crystals because they find them pretty! 

woman holding crystals how to charge crystals

How often should I charge my crystals?

If you use your crystals often, for healing sessions, for example, you should charge them at least once a month. You can charge them more often if you want to. Another option is to charge them whenever you cleanse them, this way they are clean and fully ready for another healing session!

Also, many crystal lovers like to put their crystals out every full moon because it is a powerful lunar phase.

How long do crystals stay charged?

There is no way of saying how long crystals stay charged. I believe it depends on how often you use them and what you use them for. For example, a crystal that is touched and used every day won’t stay charged as long as a crystal that stays on your desk and doesn’t get used.

Can you charge crystals through a window?

You crystals don’t have to be directly in the moonlight or sunlight to charge. The truth is, they can benefit from the energy of the moon or sun even if they are behind a window.

Depending on where you live, it is not always possible to leave your crystals outside. When I lived in Montreal, I couldn’t put my crystals outside in winter because it was way too cold. So, I used to put them on the window sill every full moon to charge them through the window.

crystals and sage

How to charge crystals

There are many ways to charge crystals and stones. Just choose a way that works best for you and your crystals. Here are some of my favorite ways to replenish the energy of your crystals.

Sunlight

You can charge crystals using the rays the sun or the moon. The light is very energizing and will fill your crystals with energy. I personally prefer charging my crystals under the moon because they are plenty of crystals than can’t ben under the sun. Some of them fade or brittle when exposed to sunlight. You can find a complete list of crystals that can’t be in the sun here

However, if you want to charge your crystals in the sun, place them in a spot where they will receive direct sunlight for about 24 hours. 

Moonlight

One of the best times to charge your crystals is on a new or full moon. During a new moon and full moon cycles, the moon and planetary energy are amplified. 

You can still charge your crystals under moonlight if it’s a cloudy or rainy day. All you have to do is place your crystals in a bowl and let them bask under the light for the night.

Bury them in the ground

If you want to give your crystal earth energy, you can bury it in the soil for 14 hours. This technique especially benefits earthy crystals that are black, brown or green.

If you choose to bury your crystal in the ground don’t forget to put a marker so that you don’t know where it is. 

Place your crystals in a flower pot

Alternatively, you can put your crystals in a healthy garden or flower pot. Your crystal will charge with the energy of the plants. 

Use other crystals

You can also charge your crystals with other crystals. To do that, you just need to put the crystal you wish to charge on top of another crystal. 

Another great way to do that is to create a circle with your crystals and place the crystal that needs energy in the center of your circle. 

Reiki and sound

If you’re into reiki you might want to reiki charge your crystals. You can also use sounds bowls to infuse your crystals with positive energies. 

Bottom line

There is no best way to charge your crystals. Whichever way you decide to do it, remember to cleanse them before. Have you ever charged your crystals? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Best Places To Buy Crystals Online

As a crystal lover and jewelry maker, people often ask me for the best places to buy crystals online. I have to buy crystals all the time to make my jewelry, so I can honestly say I have purchased from many online shops.

I’ve compiled a list of trusted vendors who offer quality crystals at reasonable prices. But first, I’ll give you my best tips to buy crystals online.

Is it safe to buy crystals online?

Most people will tell you that buying crystals online isn’t the best option. First, because it is harder to tell if a crystal is genuine or fake, and also because you can’t feel its energy. But, if like me, you don’t live near a crystal shop, then buying online is most probably your best option. I think you can still see the beauty of crystals online, and you can also find the one that is meant to be with you. 

It is relatively safe to buy crystals online, and you shouldn’t go paranoid over getting a fake crystal. Yes, some retailers do sell fake, man-made crystals, but not all of them. It is always a good idea to know what you’re looking for before purchasing crystals online and to be a bit educated about them. This way, you can avoid getting something you didn’t want, like heat-treated, dyed, or man-made crystals.

See also: Handmade crystal jewelry in the shop

Tips for buying crystals online

I buy almost all my crystals online, and I always look at the same things to make sure I’m buying a genuine crystal from a reputable seller. Here are my best tips:

1. Look at the pictures and description

Always make sure the crystal you want to purchase is shown in several angles on the pictures. Also, the pictures should be clear and show all the details of the stone. The description should mention the size of the crystal, its origin, and price. The downside of online shops is that sometimes you can’t choose the exact stone you want. So, you just receive something similar to the pictures. Always double-check, especially when buying a larger crystal.

2. Identify the crystal you want

That’s it, you’ve found the crystal of your dreams! Now, identify it and use a crystal book if needed. Some sellers will list the crystal properties on their website, but once again I would advise using a trusted crystal book to double-check. Most sellers either make mistakes or simply give inaccurate information. 

3. Communicate with the seller

If you have questions, or doubts about your purchase, you should definitely communicate with the seller. It’ll also give you an idea of how serious the website is. If the seller takes several days to answer or isn’t helpful at all, I wouldn’t purchase there. 

4. Check the shop’s social media presence

Another great way to know if a shop is active and updated is to check social media. I always make sure the shop I’m buying from either has recent reviews or is active online. 

5. Always read the reviews

Reviews are a very important criteria for me. I always read several reviews before I buy. First, because I want to be sure I will receive the goods, and second because I want to receive exactly what I bought. Reading reviews is a great way to know more about the shipping times, packaging and quality of the product. 

6. Notice the shipping charges

If you’re from outside of the USA, I strongly recommend looking closely at the shipping charges. They can be surprisingly high sometimes. And, unfortunately, I’ve noticed that more sellers are pushing the prices up so they can actually make money off the shipping charge. Also, most country’s have limits on imports, which means that if you buy in bulk, you could pay extra when you receive your parcel.

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The best places to buy crystals online

Most of the shops I recommend in this post are on Etsy. It is a reputable and safe platform that I like to use. I have bought from most of these shops, and have been happy with my purchases. Also, you might find that a couple of sellers I mention in this list offer crystals that are a bit overpriced, but they made it to the list because they have stunning or unique products. So, here is a list of the best places to buy crystals online: 

Spirit Nectar: I bought many crystals from Spirit Nectar, and I’m never disappointed. She is a very popular seller on Etsy and Instagram. This shop has a wide range of crystal points, spheres, palm stones and more. Plus, $1 of each crystal sold is donated to a charity in Madagascar.

I Love Lotus: with over 2,500 items in the shop, I Love Lotus offers geodes, clusters, spheres, carved crystals, and even crystal jewelry. They have a lot of different stones and are reasonably priced.

Moonchild Minerals: I love Moonchild Minerals because it has a range of beautiful Aura Quartz including spheres, points, and clusters. But she has many other crystals available. Most of the time, you can choose the exact crystal you want from the picture. 

New Moon Beginnings: New Moon Beginnings is a popular Etsy shop. She sells healing crystals, aromatherapy and energy products. Whether you want to grab a new crystal, sage sticks or crystal jewelry, new moon beginnings has what you’re looking for

Midnight Aura Crystals: This is the best shop for Aura Quartz lovers. In fact, Midnight Aura Crystals sells the most beautiful aura/angel aura quartz you’ll ever see, including Aura Amethyst. I love this shop, it’s so magical!

Stone And Spirit Shop: Another magical shop filled with stunning crystals. Stone And Spirit Shop is popular for its beautiful aura quartz moons and stars which are gorgeous for jewelry making. 

Mandala Gems: Mandala Gems sells ethically sourced crystals. She has many gorgeous and unique crystals that any collector would love to have. She even sells crystal skincare, including a rose quartz clay mask. If you’re looking for unique gifts, I recommend this shop.

Rocks With Sass: I follow this shop on Instagram, and let me tell you they post the most beautiful pictures! But more than that, they have a beautiful shop full of amazing crystals, ritual candles, grids, jewelry, and even crystal soaps. I love Rocks With Sass and I definitely recommend you check it out.

All That Shimmerzz: All That Shimmerzz also has a wide variety of crystals on offer. Check out the carved crystals, they are awesome. Especially the ones that are carved like animals. You’ll find dogs, cats, deers, and more. 

Sage Goddess: Sage Goddess is a very reputable crystal shop. Palm stones, pyramids, spheres, wands, Sage Goddess has everything you could ever want. I find her prices to be reasonable, and the whole website is actually super interesting if you are into the metaphysical side of things. 

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The best places to buy cabochons for jewelry making

Gemstone World UK: Gemstone World UK specializes in small cabochons for jewelry making. They also have pretty interesting specimens of raw moonstone and labradorite. I bought from this shop and wasn’t disappointed with the service or the quality of their stone. I definitely recommend buying from them, especially if you’re in Europe and want to get your stones quickly.

The Rainbow Gems: I’m a big fan of crystal shops from India, and have bought from many including this one. This shop sells labradorite, moonstone, amethyst, jasper, chrysocolla, malachite and more. The Rainbow Gems is excellent, and the prices are more than fair.

Gemstone Point: Another great seller from India. This shop has more variety than the one I mentioned above. Gemstone Point is truly one of the best if you want unique cabochons for jewelry making. They even offer free drill service and free shipping on orders over $30.

YGNSHOP: I haven’t bought from this shop yet, but I definitely intend too. I’m really attracted to labradorite – blue ones, purple ones, carved ones! YGNSHOP has excellent reviews so you can buy with confidence.

Phoenix Rising Gem Shop: Phoenix Rising Gem Shop sells cabochons on Instagram. This account is super popular on the platform because their cabochons are truly unique and fantastic. I have often wanted to buy from them, but their products always disappear in a heartbeat. Hopefully one day I’ll get one of their potion bottle cabochons. 

AK Gems Creations: This shop sells the cheapest (and best) cabochons on Etsy. You can get stunning blue labradorite cabochon for as little as $2. Also, AK Gems Creations has the most beautiful larimar pieces!

Bijoux Shope: I ordered from this shop several times already, and I’m never disappointed. The service is fast, the quality perfect and the prices reasonable. You’ll find all sorts of cabochons in Bijoux Shope.

Nayra Gems: Another beautiful shop located in India. Check out the unique coral fossil cabochons, and the beautiful mookaite jasper. Nayra Gems is reasonably priced, although the larimar is a tad bit expensive. 

Websites I don’t recommend for buying crystals

There are a few places on the world wide web I definitely don’t recommend buying your crystals from, especially if you want genuine ones. For instance, sellers who sell on big popular e-commerce platforms will most likely sell fake crystals. I know some people buy from these websites, but I wouldn’t personally recommend it especially since most sellers are from China. 

Also, I’ve heard of many people buying directly on social media from random people. Do not buy from someone you’ve never heard of, especially if they don’t have a website or online shop on a reputable platform. You could end up being scammed.

Bottom line 

There are many great online shops where you can buy crystals. The best way to make sure you’re buying from a reputable seller is to read the reviews, make sure the pictures are clear and check the descriptions. I hope you liked my list of the best places to buy crystals online! Have you ever bought crystals online? Let me know in the comments below!

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My 10 Favorite Electroforming Jewelry Artists

Copper electroforming is a beautiful form of art, and an industry filled with talented designers. It is especially popular among crystal lovers who appreciate the mystical and magical aspect of copper creations. In fact, electroformers often create unique pieces you’ll want to wear for years to come. Read on to discover 10 of my favorite electroforming jewelry artists, and talented souls you should definitely follow this year.

1. Enchanted By Cara

Enchanted By Cara is probably the most magical shop on Etsy. It is run by Cara, a talented artist from Florida. She makes amazing jewelry, and I especially like her work because she pays a lot of attention to details.

To be honest, her work inspired me to start copper electroforming and she is definitely one of my favorites electroforming jewelry artists. She creates the most unique and beautiful pieces. 

She uses all sorts of crystals, but some of her most beautiful creations include labradorite and moonstone. Also, she makes stunning kitty pendants. Check them out on her Instagram!

2. Violet Forest Creations

If you’re looking for one of a kind copper treasures, check out Violet Forest Creations. Holly, the owner of the shop, is an electroforming artist from Pennsylvania. She creates unique pieces using raw and polished crystals. 

Inspired by the metaphysical and the mystical, Holly makes magical pendants and rings. She really knows how to combine crystals, and often uses the most beautiful stones in her creations. I love everything she makes with Aura Quartz! 

Violet forest creations releases collections regularly, so be sure to follow her on Instagram to see her latest pieces. 

3. Eden And After

Eden and After is one of my favorite electroforming artists, for one simple reason. Leah’s unique designs are simply gorgeous. She uses a lot of raw crystals in her work, giving her creations a very earthy feel.

She uses unique combinations of crystals to make the most amazing pieces. Eden And After creations are definitely one of a kind. As far as I know, she only makes pendants. 

If you love wearing beautiful raw crystals around your neck, be sure to check out Eden And After on Instagram. She updates her shop every Saturday, so be there that day if you want to grab one of her latest creations. 

4. Crafty Explorer

That’s me! I am also an electroforming artist. I started electroforming in 2019, and have been hooked to it ever since. Using mostly polished crystals, I try to create unique pieces that can be worn every day. I love using all sorts of crystals, but my favorites are labradorite and jasper. 

My most popular creations are my little bees. In fact, I love creating pieces with animals, but also roses and moons. I make mostly pendants, but also some rings and I’m planning on making bracelets as well in the near future. 

If you love crystals and copper, check out the shop section of my blog, and follow me on Instagram to see my latest creations!

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5. The Bones Of Hydra

The Bones Of Hydra is one of the most inspiring electroforming artists I follow on Instagram. She creates gorgeous pieces inspired by everything celestial and mystical. The Bones Of Hydra features big statement necklaces, but also smaller pieces that can be worn every day.

If you can grab one of her cherry blossom agate pieces or one of her stunning shell creations, you won’t regret it. Also, if you love purple labradorite, you should definitely check out The Bones Of Hydra because she often has stunning cabochons.

The Bones Of Hydra also sell crystals, which is great for those who prefer not to wear their precious stones around their neck. Follow The Bones Of Hydra on Instagram.

6. Unruly Alchemy

Unruly Alchemy features whimsical jewelry inspired by the worldly things of life. Renée, the owner, and maker, creates the most incredible pieces. Often using naturally deceased insects such as butterflies, scorpions or dragonflies as the centerpiece of her creations, Renée makes the most beautiful insect pendants. 

The originality of her pieces will truly amaze you, especially the real butterfly wings she immortalizes in copper. She also hand sculpts some of her pieces. Most of her creations are pendants, but she also makes earrings. 

Renée is based in beautiful Hawaii and creates the stunning pieces in her home studio. I suggest you follow her Instagram and maybe grab one of her incredible copper treasures! 

7. A Copper Lining

The first time I saw Maddie’s work, I was truly impressed. A Copper Lining features beautiful pieces of jewelry inspired by nature. Most of Maddie’s creations are natural cicadas immortalized in copper.

In her pieces, you’ll find a variety of organic materials, including bugs and other items found in nature such as leaves or pine cones. 

All the insects she uses are ethically sourced, so you don’t have to worry about animal cruelty. Maddie’s earthly treasures are truly exceptional and really detailed. 

Follow Maddie on Instagram for a chance to adopt one of her beautiful nature-inspired pendants.

8. Crystal Jewelry Affair

Crystal Jewelry Affair is a little Etsy shop ran by Rene. She is passionate about electroforming crystals and creates beautiful jewelry. Unlike many other electroforming jewelry artists, Rene creates many dainty electroformed crystal pendants, which is great for those who like discreet jewelry.

Rene is a talented woman, and she can also customize a piece of jewelry just for you. What I love the most about the jewelry at Crystal Jewelry Affair, is the diversity in the designs. Rene can literally make anything! 

If you’re looking for a unique piece of jewelry designed by Rene from Crystal Jewelry Affair, follow her on Instagram.

9. Wild And The Wolf

Wild And The Wolf is a handmade jewelry business owned by Zena, an electroforming jewelry artist from Australia. Zena designs and creates her electroformed jewelry pieces with stunning crystals. To create her beautiful jewelry, Zena uses cabochons, crystal points and even wolf shaped crystals.

Wild And The Wolf features mystical creations that will ravish any crystal lover. Be sure to check out her fox or wolf crystal carved pieces. They are truly one of a kind.

Zena’s jewelry is refined and can be worn every day. Follow her on Instagram to discover more of her work.

10. The Local Radish

Brittany is the electroforming jewelry artist behind The Local Radish. She is a talented artist from Indiana who creates stunning electroformed pendants. 

I find Brittany’s designs really simple, and that’s what I like about her creations. She usually uses one or two crystal cabochons, that she electroforms to create a wearable piece of art.

She uses a wide range of different crystals, which is great because I found that most electroforming jewelry artists stick to the favorites: amethyst, labradorite and moonstone – and I’m guilty of this too!

Be sure to check out Brittany’s work on Instagram. 

Bottom line

Copper electroforming is a unique process used by many artists to create one of a kind pieces of jewelry. It is one of my passions, which is why I wanted to share this list of my favorite copper electroforming artists. Whether you’re looking for unique crystal designs or earthy pieces, these artists have the perfect piece of jewelry for you. Have you ever adopter a treasure from the electroforming jewelry artists I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments!

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