Collecting Crystals

If you want to start collecting crystals you are not alone. These beautiful stones created by the power of time are popular among many people.

They are collected for their beauty and their healing powers.

You just have to look at a crystal and you feel something special about it, even if you do not buy into their esoteric powers.

Through history well known people have used crystal collecting to make use of their powers.

These include…

Cleopatra

The last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt is rumored to have worn peridot crystals, believed to ward off evil spirits and to harness the power of the sun.

Emperor Nero

Ancient Roman texts suggest that Emperor Nero watched gladiator games through polished emerald crystals, using them like glasses to reduce the sun’s glare.

Queen Elizabeth I

The Virgin Queen of England is said to have consulted with John Dee, a mathematician, astronomer, and alchemist who used crystal gazing for divination purposes and to communicate with angels.

Leonardo da Vinci

The Renaissance polymath wrote about the healing properties of crystals and believed in their metaphysical powers. He suggested that crystals could amplify energy and were connected to the body’s chakras.

Francis Bacon

The philosopher and statesman, who is considered the father of empiricism, wrote about the virtues of collecting crystals and precious stones in his natural histories, exploring their potential benefits and properties.

The Dalai Lama 

Tibetan Buddhism holds collecting crystals in high regard for their supposed healing properties and spiritual significance. The Dalai Lama, as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, has spoken about the importance of crystals in rituals and as objects of meditation.

Nicholas II of Russia

The last Emperor of Russia owned the world-famous Fabergé eggs, many of which are adorned with crystals and precious stones, reflecting his interest in these materials’ luxury and beauty.

So you are in good company!

Beginners Tips on Collecting Crystals

Beginners tips for collecting crystals

Nothing beats doing your own research before you collect crystals. Your natural curiosity and intuition will lead you to what you need to know.

It’s only when you start collecting crystals and holding them in your hand that you will fully understand them.

In the mean time here are some things to look out for as you decide which ones to start with…

1. Learn the Healing properties and Benefits of Crystals

The different crystals have different healing properties and energy. Take time to learn what they are….

  • Some are good for protecting you from negative energy.

  • Others will create a feeling of love and energy.

  • Some Crystals are great for new beginnings like the new year.

  • There are crystals that will help feel grounded and stable.

  • There are also crystals that help with creativity.

  • Crystals are connected to the Chakras in your body. So you can get crystals that you want to focus on a particular energy center.

  • Also learn about the different shapes and their meanings.

2. Start With Crystal Kits

The simplest way to start is a crystal kit.

Crystal kits are curated collection of crystals you can buy that are put together for a specific purpose.

You can get kits for healing and balancing chakras, for protection, health, wealth and love.

3. Learn How to use Crystals

The types of crystal you choose will depend on how you intend to use them.

If you want to carry them with you, then go for smaller ones. You can also get crystal jewelry.

Then there are crystals that are great to have around the home, as ornaments that give of healing energy around the the room.

You can also use them in crystal grids. This is where you put the crystals in a pattern. The stones work with each other and give you healing energy together. People often use this during meditation.

People also use crystals to make an elixir. You do this by leaving the crystal in water, letting the water absorb the crystal energy. Then you drink it or use it in a ritual. If this is what you want then you want to make sure the crystal you choose is water safe and safe to ingest.

4. Learn About Recharging Crystals

Crystal not only give off energy, they also absorb it. So you have to cleanse and recharge them regularly.

You can do this by leaving them in the sunlight or moonlight. You can also bury them as well as use smoke from herbs, like pal alto.

The crystal selenite is known to cleanse and recharge other crystals. All you have to do is leave your crystal near or touching the selenite overnight and it will be recharged.

Some crystals should be kept away from sunlight and others should avoid water. Keep this in mind when choosing your crystals.

5. Understand the Basics to distinguish between real and fake crystals

You do not have to become an expert, but its is good to have basic knowledge of the difference between real and fake crystals healing stones.

Here are some ways to tell real from fake…

Visual Inspection

Genuine crystals often have imperfections, such as natural inclusions, irregular patterns, or color variations. Fake crystals, especially those made of glass or plastic, tend to look too perfect, with uniform color and pattern.

Temperature Test:

Real crystals, especially those like quartz, tend to feel cool to the touch and maintain their coolness for a longer period than fakes made of glass or plastic, which quickly adapt to your body temperature.

Hardness Test:

Genuine crystals are usually harder than imitations. For example, quartz has a Mohs hardness of 7, meaning it can scratch materials like glass or lower hardness minerals. Be cautious with this test to avoid damaging the crystal or other objects.

Weight:

Genuine crystals are often heavier than their fake counterparts of the same size. For instance, a real quartz crystal will feel heavier than a piece of glass or plastic designed to look like quartz.

Light Test:

Some crystals, like quartz, can refract light in unique ways, showing their natural clarity and brilliance. Fakes often lack this quality or have a too-uniform sparkle that seems artificial.

Water Test:

 Real crystals do not float in water. If you have a crystal that floats, it’s likely not a genuine stone. However, this test is not definitive for all crystals, as some fakes may also sink.

Pricing and Source:

If the price seems too good to be true, it might be a fake. Also, purchasing from reputable dealers who can provide information about the crystal’s origin increases the likelihood of getting a genuine piece.

Feel and Intuition

Many people believe in feeling the energy of a crystal to determine its authenticity. While subjective and not scientifically proven, some individuals trust their intuition or the crystal’s “vibe” to assess its genuineness.

Professional Verification

When in doubt, seek a professional gemologist’s opinion. They can perform more sophisticated tests, such as spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction, to determine the crystal’s authenticity.

Each crystal and situation might require a different combination of these methods for the best assessment. As long as you go to a reputable dealer, you should be fine. However it is worth having some knowledge so you can spot obvious fakes.

10 Best Crystals for Beginners

For beginners who want to start collecting crystals, here are ten of the best and most easily accessible crystals to consider. They are a mixture of different crystal healing powers.

Clear Quartz –

Clear Quartz

Often referred to as the “master healer,” clear quartz is believed to amplify energy and thought, as well as the effect of other crystals. It’s a versatile crystal that can be set with an intention or used to enhance psychic abilities.

Amethyst –

Collecting crystal for beginners : Amethyst

Known for its stunning purple color, amethyst is believed to be powerfully protective with a high spiritual vibration. It’s often used to promote calmness, clarity, and relaxation, making it perfect for meditation or stress relief.

Rose Quartz –

Rose Quartz

This pink crystal is all about love. It’s said to open the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing, and feelings of peace.

Citrine –

Citrine

With its cheerful yellow color, citrine is known as the “success stone” because it’s believed to promote success, abundance, and personal power. It’s also associated with joy and optimism.

Tiger’s Eye –

Tiger's Eye

A grounding stone, tiger’s eye is believed to help you release fear and anxiety and aid harmony and balance. It’s also said to encourage action and help you make decisions with discernment and understanding.

Black Tourmaline –

Black Tourmaline

Known for its protective properties, black tourmaline is believed to repel and block negative energies and psychic attacks. It’s also said to aid in grounding and cleansing of spaces.

Selenite –

Selenite is another great crystal for collecting

Associated with clarity, purity, and honesty, selenite is believed to promote peace and calm, provide clarity of mind, and clear negative energy. It’s also used for connecting to higher realms.

Green Aventurine –

Green Aventurine

Known as the “stone of opportunity,” green aventurine is thought to be the luckiest of all crystals, especially in manifesting prosperity and wealth, or for increasing favor in competitions or games of chance.

Lapis Lazuli –

Lapis Lazuli

Valued for its deep blue color, lapis lazuli is said to encourage self-awareness, allow self-expression, and reveal inner truth, providing qualities of honesty, compassion, and morality.

Smokey Quartz –

Smokey Quartz

This crystal is believed to help you let go of old patterns and beliefs that no longer serve you. It’s said to ground you in the present moment and is used for protection against negative energy.

Starting your crystal collection with these ten stones can offer a broad spectrum of energies and properties to explore. Whether for meditation, decoration, or personal well-being, each crystal provides a unique set of benefits to discover and enjoy.

Conclusion

People have prized crystals because of the beauty, rarity and healing powers.

If you want to start a collection, then learn about the various properties that each type of crystal has. This can be a love energy, protection, creativity, inner peace or wealth.

Also take into account how you want to use the crystals. If you want to carry them, the small and ones and jewellery is the best way to go.

If you want to use them for meditation then you can use them in a crystal grid.

I have given you a broad range of crystals that have different energies for healing. There is also something there for whatever your taste in colour and beauty.

Don’t forget to cleanse and recharge your crystals regularly to keep their healing power strong.

One of the simplest ways to start is to get a crystal kit. These are curated crystal collections and tumbled stones.

Enjoy the energy and beauty collecting crystals bring.