Investing time in our health and wellness is one of the most valuable pursuits we can do, and practices such as meditation, breathwork or grounding are essential when you're on a spiritual path.
Crystals are a wonderful tool, too. Yet, it can be easy to fall into the trap of buying lots of beautiful crystals and then just popping them on a shelf. Even though you will still reap their benefits, many experts suggest trying your best to include them in your everyday routine. You can wear them as jewellery, hold them during meditation or put a crystal in your bag when you have a big event or appointment.
Take time to research the properties of different crystals and consider what you need them for. Are you looking for a crystal to help with stress or perhaps love? It’s good to have a clear intention of what energy you would like to work with to find the right crystals for you.
If you would like to start a crystal collection but are overwhelmed by the endless options, we’ve created a guide to the best stones for beginners, their properties and advice on using them.
Our guide to the best crystals for beginners
This protective stone helps alleviate stress and anxiety and the symptoms that come with it, such as headaches, fatigue, and a tense neck and shoulders.
If you like to take time out of your day to meditate, hold an amethyst in your hand or keep it nearby to help you achieve a clearer mind. As amethyst has calming properties, keep one on your desk to promote peace and stress relief.
Properties: healing of mind, body and soul, purifying and enhancing willpower.
Deep Purple Project Amethyst Crystal
Approximate Size: width 2 to 3 inches x height 3 to 4 inches
Approximate Weight: 350 to 500 grams
Amethyst Crystal Pendant
Necklace length: 18-20 inches (adjustable length)
Amethyst Crystal Points
Approximate Size: 1.3 - 2 inches long
Approximate Weight: 3 - 9 grams
Considered a master healer and believed to support the entire energetic system, crystal quartz is the bridge between our conscious and unconscious mind. This crystal will regulate negative energies and clear the mind, so if you are looking for clarity and balance, this is a very versatile crystal for beginners.
When making new plans or setting goals, hold this crystal in your hand and think of the idea you want to take action on, letting the crystal guide you.
Properties: psychic abilities, healing and energy.
Clear Quartz Crystal Cluster
Each cluster can be very small or very large, but each one is unique. Sizes vary from 250-800grams.
If you're looking for a stone to get you through hard times, nurturing jasper is said to provide support during stressful situations and is known as the 'supreme nurturer'. It brings tranquillity, wholeness, provides protection and absorbs negative energy. It comes in many forms, and you will likely be drawn towards one variety of jasper over another, which will reflect your current needs for healing and support. You may feel the need to be more grounded if you are going through a stressful time and may gravitate to the red and grey/black varieties.
A good grounding technique using jasper is to hold it in one hand and press your fingers against it as you turn it over in your palm, taking in the stone's surface and contours and letting it connect you to the here and now.
Properties: compassion, nurturing, consolation, completion.
Natural Red Jasper Stone Bracelet
Bracelet length: 6-8 inches (adjustable length)
Dalmation Jasper Sterling Silver Necklace
Necklace length: 16-18 inches
mookaitedecor Red Jasper Worry Stone
Approximate Size: 1.7x1.3x0.4 inches
Approximate Weight: 20 - 25 grams
Package included two Energy Stones and one gift bag
Bold blue turquoise is said to help protect against pollutants in your external environment and has immune-enhancing properties. It has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects - making it perfect for those living in a city.
Turquoise is thought to soothe emotions, calm fears, stabilise mood swings and attract good luck. It also aids creative problem solving and symbolises friendship and romantic love.
Turquoise is often found in jewellery and can be worn throughout the day to help protect and heal. Due to its tranquil and protecting nature, turquoise is an excellent stone to accompany meditation.
Properties: friendship, love, balance, wisdom, purification and protection.
Turquoise Mini Bracelet
Bracelet length: 18-20 inches
Jade has been used to purify the body and as a healing crystal for centuries. You will also find it in jewellery because it is known to attract prosperity and luck.
You can use this crystal on your body. It’s a naturally cool stone, making it ideal for gau sha - a traditional Chinese healing method that uses a smooth-edged tool to massage your skin, ridding the body of toxins by stimulating the filtration system, relieving tension and increasing circulation.
Properties: longevity, purity, fertility, wisdom and peace.
Styles available: precious stone 2cm, 20-gram stone or treasure stone 30cm
Jade Roller and Gua Sha Gift Set
This high-quality roller and gua sha set will make a lovely addition to your skincare collection. Natural jade crystal is used to promote a feeling of harmony, balance and healing.
AA nephrite, Jade Donut necklace
30mm diameter Mans Nephrite Jade pendant on an adjustable cord or cotton necklace.
Howlite is a highly emotional stone that strengthens memory and stimulates the desire for knowledge. It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress. Howlite is naturally a white stone, so anything that isn't white but is made of howlite will have been dyed.
This stone can be used to benefit your physical health by balancing calcium levels in the body and strengthening your bones, teeth and hair. This calming stone can help cool fiery tempers and be used in meditation to bring a sense of healing and harmony into your life.
Properties: open-mindedness, strengthens memory, calming and soothing.
White Howlite Tumbled Stones
Sizes available: 5-19gram stones
CALM - Howlite gemstone crystal bracelet
This waxed cord bracelet gives you the choice of card backing: either kraft, hammered card or white card.
No crystal collection would be complete without the addition of selenite. It’s one of the best stones to use as it is easy to connect with and will self-cleanse and charge.
The easiest way to use selenite is to keep it near a window; this will invite the purest energy into your space and help keep away negative energy. Selenite can also be used to recharge you, your space, and your other crystals.
Properties: clarity, peace, purifying, intuitive.
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GeoFossils Selenite Healing Crystal
Approximate size: 18 g
A popular crystal for beginners, it’s linked to love and Divine feminine energy. It's said to boost feelings of self-love and cultivate loving relationships with others. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart, and aids with deep inner healing and feelings of peace. It’s also calming and reassuring and an excellent crystal to comfort you in times of grief.
Wear rose quartz jewellery, include it in your rituals, and place it on an altar or hold it while you meditate. Additionally, if you have a large piece of rose quartz, you can put it in the heart of your home to help strengthen existing relationships you have with your friends and family.
Properties: love, relationships, friendship, fertility and recovery.
Botanics Rose Quartz Gua Sha
This rose quartz Gua Sha is the perfect addition to your daily skincare regime.
Dainty Rose Quartz Teardrop Pendant Necklace
The pendant height is 0.5 Inches. You can choose between a chain length of 16 or 18 inches.
Raw Rose Quartz
Approximate size: 2-7cm
Raw Rose Quartz Arrow Necklace
Crystal arrow pendant dimensions are approximately 2cm in length x 1.8mm.
Best starter crystal collection for beginners
Premium Healing Crystals Kit in Wooden Box
This box includes many crystals for beginners, such as seven chakras tumble stones (clear quartz, amethyst, sodalite, green aventurine, citrine, carnelian and red jasper). Plus, a seven chakra pendulum crystal, clear crystal point, amethyst cluster, raw rose quartz, a quick reference poster guide and a two-page e-book. It’s the perfect set to start any collection.
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Crystals for beginners FAQs
How often do you need to cleanse your crystals?
The more often you use a stone, the more energy it absorbs. A good rule is to cleanse all your stones at least once a month. If an individual stone feels heavier than usual, it would be an excellent time to cleanse it.
How do you cleanse your crystals?
There are many ways to cleanse your crystals. For example, you can place them under the light of the full Moon, give them a sound bath or burn a sage stick and waft them through the smoke.