Crystals have been admired for their beauty, revered for their healing properties, and used in spiritual practice for thousands of years. In recent years, healing crystals have exploded in popularity.
With such a massive variety of healing crystals available, it can be difficult to know where to start. If you’re new to the healing powers of crystals, then you’ve probably found yourself wondering what are the best crystals to have?
Here are 13 of the most popular crystals for beginners along with information about the healing properties of each gemstone.
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13 Best Crystals for Beginners
#1 – Clear Quartz
Quartz is one of the most common and popular crystals, and is known as a “master healer” and “stone of power.” If you’re just starting your healing crystal collection, then clear quartz is the perfect place to start.
Quartz was actually the first crystal I ever owned – I received it as a gift for my 13th birthday and it sparked my now 22-year obsessions with crystals.
There are many forms of quartz, including rose quartz which I’ve listed separately below due to its unique healing powers. In this case, I’m referring to the clear quartz which is a clear, almost translucent crystal (but just as beautiful as its the rose-colored counterpart.)
Clear Quartz Healing Properties
Quartz has a multitude of healing properties. Clear quartz can help to clear negative thoughts, improve your focus and alertness, stimulate brain function and increase positive energy.
Clear quartz can also harmonize the chakras and enhance psychic abilities.
Clear Quartz Chakra
As a master healing crystal, clear quartz chakra harmonizes all of the chakras, but it’s specifically useful in activating the crown chakra.
If you’d like to add some clear quartz to your crystal collection, this set of 3 clear quartz pocket stones is a great option.
#2 – Onyx
Next on the list is onyx, an interesting black crystal that usually has more of an opaque appearance. Onyx is the crystal that my husband is always drawn to and as such, we have a number of pieces of onyx around our house.
Onyx is often used in jewelry as a black gemstone and like quartz, comes in different colors. In this case, we’re talking about the dark, black onyx.
Black Onyx Healing Properties
Because black onyx absorbs negative energy, it’s especially beneficial when you’re dealing with emotional stress, anxiety, or grief. It can also be used to help heal old traumas and past life wounds.
Black onyx can be an excellent tool to enhance your meditation practice, due to its grounding properties.
It can also help with confusion, as well as provide physical benefits like improving stamina. If you feel like your energy is being drained from emotional causes, black onyx is an excellent crystal to have on hand.
Black Onyx Chakra
Black onyx is a root chakra crystal and can be useful in anchoring and stabilizing as well as centering yourself.
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#3 – Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli is another healing crystal often chosen for jewelry and accessories based on its vibrant color. It comes in a brilliant, royal blue color, but with flecks of gold and other colors interspersed in the crystal. Lapis Lazuli is a semi-precious gemstone that comes from blue metamorphic rock.
Afghanistan is the most famous source in the world for Lapus Lazuli, which is why I was so excited when my husband bought me home a beautiful piece of Lapis Lazuli after a trip there. It’s since become one of my favorite crystals.
Lapis Lazuli Healing Properties
Lapis lazuli is a powerful healing crystal if you’re trying to improve your mental clarity, achieve a higher level of consciousness, and have a better awareness of yourself.
Lapis lazuli can help to clear and strengthen the mind, body, and soul and help you connect with your inner power. It can also be used to clear harmful energy and replace it with positive energy.
Lapis Lazuli Chakra
Lapis Lazuli is a third-eye chakra crystal that can assist in the awakening of the third eye along with clearing the mind and enhancing intuition. This crystal can be used in its raw or polished form and is often worn as a pendant to provide positive energy throughout the day.
This 1/2 bag of vibrant blue lapis lazuli is guaranteed to be genuine, with most pieces imported directly from Afghanistan.
Alternatively, this beautiful polished lapis lazuli palm stone is also genuine and imported from Afghanistan.
#4 – Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s eye is a strikingly beautiful crystal featuring rich layers of golden brown, named for its resemblance to a tiger’s eye. Tiger’s eye is most commonly found in South Africa, but can also be found in Western Australia, USA, Burma, and India.
Tiger’s eye is a member of the quartz family and is sometimes believed to offer protection against the evil eye.
Tiger’s Eye Healing Properties
Tiger’s eye is a centering stone that encourages clear thinking and can help to clear mental and spiritual blockages. If you’re about to undertake a venture, start a new job or enroll in school, tiger’s eye can be a helpful crystal as it boosts self-confidence and helps provide courage.
Tiger’s Eye Chakra
Tiger’s eye is a grounding stone and as such, is excellent at stimulating the base, sacral, and solar plexus chakras.
This sleek, polished tiger’s eye stone comes in a beautiful gift box, handcrafted in India.
These tiger’s eye pocket stones are another great option that you can carry with you throughout the day.
#5 – Amethyst
Amethyst is an eye-catching crystal that comes in varying shades of purple, depending on the rock from which it came. One of the most popular crystals, Amethyst is the birthstone for February and is often associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius, Capricorn, Virgo, and Pisces.
Amethyst is one of the most popular crystals thanks to its beauty, affordability, and healing properties. This beautiful stone was even mentioned in the bible (Exodus 28:19 and 39:12,) where it’s the last gemstone listed in the third row of the High Priest’s breastplate.
Amethyst Healing Properties
Amethyst provides some of the same benefits as quartz since it’s actually a type of quartz, including improving brain potential and alertness. It’s also commonly used to improve sleep, balance mood swings, and release tension.
Amethyst is a crown chakra crystal and can help you purify your mind and clear negative thoughts.
This beautiful amethyst cluster comes from Uruguay and includes a bonus 3-inch selenite wand in a velvet bag.
These amethyst pocket stones are also a great option if you’d like to add some amethyst to your crystal collection.
#6 – Labradorite
While not as well-known as some of the other crystals on this list, Labradorite is definitely a crystal that you’ll want to have in your collection. Labradorite is a breathtaking type of feldspar that comes in a variety of vibrant colors, including shades of blue and purple, with flecks or streaks of green, yellow and red.
Labradorite Healing Properties
Labradorite can help you connect with your intuition, and discover or enhance the psychic abilities you have. You can use it to help with your level of consciousness, protect your aura, and help you with changes in your life. It is excellent for increasing your perseverance through struggles you might be going through.
Labradorite is primary a throat and third eye chakra crystal as it promotes intuition and clarity, although it can be used to balance all of the chakras.
These gorgeous labradorite crystals are the perfect size to hold in your palm or carry in your pocket throughout the day.
#7 – Blue Agate
Agate is a powerful healing crystal that comes in a rainbow of colors, including pink, blue, orange, green, purple, and brown. In this case, we’re talking about blue agate, also known as blue lace agate. While agates themselves are excellent for protection and emotional strength, we want to go over a type of agate called blue lace agate, or blue agate.
Blue Agate Healing Properties
Blue is a calming color and as such, blue agate is known for its calming properties. Blue agate can be used to relieve stress and tension and calm the mind.
Blue agate is also great for improving positive energy in the body. Blue agate has a soothing quality so if you’re in need of relaxation, this is a great crystal to have on hand.
Blue Agate Chakra
Blue gate is a throat chakra crystal, as symbolized by its blue color. It’s useful for opening and clearing the voice and as such, blue agate is frequently used in necklaces and chokers.
This tumbled blue agate is 100% natural and is the perfect size to carry in your palm, pocket, or purse.
#8 – Aquamarine
Aquamarine is a beautiful crystal commonly used in jewelry. You may even own a piece of jewelry featuring aquamarine and not even realize it. Aquamarine receives its name thanks to its gorgeous blue-green appearance which is reminiscent of the sea. This is a beautiful healing crystal that many people are familiar with.
Aquamarine Healing Properties
Just like the calming waves of the sea, aquamarine helps with promoting calm and relaxation. When used as a healing crystal, aquamarine can balance out your emotions and help with relaxation in times of stress or anxiety. Aquamarine can also aid in clearing your mind, so it’s a great crystal to have on hand during a meditation session.
Aquamarine is a heart chakra crystal and can help you with self-expression and finding your identity.
Aquamarine is commonly found in jewelry, like this beautiful natural aquamarine bracelet.
#9 – Topaz
Topaz is one of the hardest crystals and comes in a wide variety of beautiful colors including clear, blue, brown, gray, yellow, orange green, and pink, which is very rare and very beautiful.
Orange topaz is the traditional birthstone of November.
Topaz Healing Properties
Different colors of topaz have different healing properties, however, there are certain healing properties that are shared by all topaz varieties.
Topaz is known as a crystal of joy and abundance and is commonly used for manifesting. Topaz can help remove negative energy from the body and restore positive energy, along with promoting truth and forgiveness.
If you’re in need of motivation and to recharge your internal batteries, topaz is an excellent choice.
Topaz is a sacral and solar plexus crystal, which can help to cleanse your mind of anger and express yourself with grace.
#10 – Jade
If you’ve ever traveled in Asia and purchased a piece of jewelry featuring a solid, matte green gemstone then there’s a good chance you own a piece of jade. Along with onyx, jade is one of the only healing crystals that has does not have a translucent appearance. Jade has been used as a good luck charm, particularly in Asia, for many years.
Jade Healing Properties
Jade is a transformative crystal that can be used if you have fears you’re trying to overcome or if you’re working on your future self. Additionally, due to its transforming properties, jade can be used while you’re creating a vision board and manifesting your future goals.
Jade is also a useful crystal for encouraging generosity and courage and living a more fulfilling life.
Jade is a heart chakra crystal and helps to promote feelings of peace, balance, and harmony within.
#11 – Rose Quartz
Rose quartz is a type of quartz that features a pinkish hue, and is commonly associated with love and romance – it’s known as the stone of unconditional love. Rose quartz is a popular Valentine’s gift and a great gift idea for your significant other. This pretty crystal is often associated with the Libra and Taurus star signs.
Rose Quartz Healing Properties
As I mentioned above, rose quartz is a good gift to give a loved one as it can help to promote healthy relationships and secure bonds. It can also make a good apology gift if you need to improve the positive energy between yourself and your loved one.
Rose quartz can help to promote a calming and relaxing atmosphere, so it’s a great addition to your meditation practice. Additionally, rose quartz can help to rid the body and mind of negative energy.
Rose Quartz Chakra
Perhaps unsurprisingly, rose quartz is a heart chakra crystal. Rose quartz can help you become more compassionate, forgiving, and empathetic and open your heart up to others.
This rose quartz wand is 100% natural and genuine, with no added dyes or chemical treatments.
#12 – Obsidian
Due to its dark hue, obsidian is often confused with black onyx. In fact, obsidian is a naturally occurring rock that is formed when felsic lava from a volcano rapidly cools. Obsidian can be black, translucent crystal, or very dark green.
Obsidian Healing Properties
Obsidian is often used to help detoxify the body and is known for its ability to shield negativity, protect energy and block psychic attacks.
Obsidian can also be useful for releasing tension and stress, relieving anxiety, and gaining clarity. Golden obsidian is particularly known for protection and balancing energy, while black obsidian is useful for enhancing self-control and releasing negative thoughts.
Obsidian is a root chakra crystal and can help to keep you grounded, bring your body into balance and remove negative energy.
This gorgeous obsidian crystal ball is polished, without the use of any chemical treatments or dyes and comes with a beautiful wooden display stand.
#13 – Citrine
If you’re a fan of summer, then you’ll probably love citrine. Citrine is powered by the sun so a lot of its healing properties are related to light and sunshine.
Orange citrine is associated with November, so if you were born in November you may own a piece of birthstone jewelry featuring this beautiful crystal.
Citrine Healing Properties
Citrine is a bright, “sunny” stone that helps to fill you with positive energy, bring out your inner light, and increase inner happiness and joy.
Citrine can also increase focus and mental clarity, along with energizing the body and mind.
Citrine is a solar plexus chakra stone and can help to activate the imagination and encourage a more positive mindset.
These citrine pocket stones are a beautiful option if you want to keep the positive properties of citrine with you throughout the day.
This crystal cluster duo features a citrine cluster and an amethyst cluster and is a great way to start your crystal collection.
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