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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

selenite

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.

how to cleanse crystals

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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