In this post, we reveal the top crystals for beginners. We also reveal how to use crystals, and how to cleanse them! Let's get started!
So, you’re looking to get into crystal healing, are you? Like many before you have quickly learned, crystal healing is not something that one masters overnight. You’ve come to the right place; stay with us!
In this article we discuss the following:
- How to Use Crystals
- How to Cleanse Crystals
- 21 Best Crystals for Beginners
- Rose Quartz
- Clear Quartz
- Black Tourmaline
- Smokey Quartz
- Tiger’s Eye
- Black Obsidian
- Lapis Lazuli
- Black Onyx
How to Use Crystals
How and why crystals are able to do the work that they do remains largely metaphysical. Entering into this world requires a certain amount of blind faith and belief that things don’t have to be tangible in order to exist.
Crystals can be used for a multitude of purposes, ranging from attracting love, to landing a new job or even receiving protection from realms outside of the physical. Why people seek the help of crystals is always extremely personal and subjective; it depends entirely on the needs and desires of the individual.
To use your chosen stones in everyday life, you can adopt one of a few methods so that your crystal and you are interacting in fairly regular intervals. Some usage options are as follows:
- Hold your stones in the palm of your hand as you meditate. Feed clear intention from your mind’s eye through to the crystal.
- Keep your crystal nearby at all times, such as in your purse or pants’ pocket. Every time you become aware that it is there, focus your intention into the stone.
- Place your crystal in the bottom of your drinking glass so that it may energetically charge your water as you hydrate throughout the day. Note that some crystals dissolve in water, so double check before doing this!
- Wear your stones as jewelry. Gemstone jewelry is easy to come by, especially with beginner crystals.
Beginners who are wanting to work with crystals will do well to keep their stones near to their aura as often as possible. You see, crystals work with the user by carefully attuning to the unique energy field of the individual. In this way, the stone will be able to positively affect your personal vibration by gradually raising it to the higher frequency of the crystal itself.
Crystals are naturally high vibratory devices. They form over thousands and millions of years under the Earth, where they are charged by minerals and the elements. They hold power that only ancient civilizations seem to have been able to harness; today, we are slowly rediscovering all there is to know about these wellness tools.
As a beginner, you’ll want to take the research phase of choosing a crystal quite seriously. Read long and deep into all of the different stones that are available to you, and their relative properties. Always remember that when a specific stone’s description starts to sound “far fetched” or “unlikely” in your mind, then that probably isn’t the stone for you! Simply move on, and keep an eye out for any crystal that seems to resonate with your inner being — you’ll know when you find ‘the one’.
How to Cleanse Crystals
Before we dive into crystals and chakras for beginners, it’s important you consider how to properly cleanse your crystals once they are in your possession.
Why do we cleanse crystals? Well, because crystals are such personal devices that they need to be cleansed so that there are no compromised energies attached to them that may hinder their ability to manifest your intentions.
We recommend giving all of your stones a proper cleanse at least once a month, so that any accumulated energies can be released and the crystals can become recharged. Similarly, you’ll need to cleanse your crystals should anyone other than you handle them, even if accidentally. Other people have the tendency to leave their energy behind when touching stones that don’t belong to them, and this can cause some confusion in the vibration of your stone.
The following are the simplest ways of cleansing crystals when the time comes:
- Once a month, place your crystals under the light of the full moon, and leave them out overnight.
- Once a month, bury your stones under the Earth and leave them there for at least 24 hours.
- Retrieve salt water from the ocean, or make a saltwater solution of your own, and submerge your stones in the water for a minimum of 24 hours. Only use this method for water-friendly crystals!
- Burn sacred herbs or incense over your stones while holding the intent for cleansing in your mind’s eye.
- Pray over your crystals.
- Hold each of your stones under running water for at least a minute each. Again, this is only suitable for those stones that won’t dissolve in water.
We also recommend that all beginners to crystals make a point of cleansing their stones after their initial purchase. Crystals go through a lot of handling processes before they get to you, so there are definitely questionable energies lingering here and there.
21 Best Crystals for Beginners
We consider amethyst stones to be some of the best healing crystals for beginners as they are abundant to the Earth and thus both easy to find and affordable.
You’ll find amethyst used in jewelry quite often; it’s the stone of deep purple, though sometimes it can be closer to lavender.
Amethyst is a beautiful stone concerned with the metaphysical and psychic realms. It will amplify your natural psychic abilities in ways that feel most natural to you. It also works closely with your subconscious, sifting out that which no longer serves you so that you can better tend to daily life.
2. Rose Quartz
Rose quartz is one of the best crystals to have if you are looking to turn up the love in your life. People use this light pink companion to attract, amplify or solidify anything to do with the love vibration.
This is another stone that is abundant to the planet and thus relatively inexpensive to invest in. It works closely with the heart chakra, opening it and clearing out any energies that may be hindering its expansion.
Rose quartz works well as jewelry, but some beginners get great benefit in setting a generous chunk of this crystal in each corner of their home. This forms a type of giant crystal grid wherein the vibration of love can filter with ease.
3. Clear Quartz
Clear quartz is a stone that is easy to fake, as it looks a lot like glass. It’s important to purchase clear quartz from a reputable retailer, and always opt for raw pieces where possible.
This is a great crystal for beginners as it is able to interpret intentions that are not necessarily always at their clearest. It taps into your deepest states of longing, and brings to the surface whatever needs to be faced — in a good way!
This is also a wonderful stone for anyone looking for help with physical pain. Clear quartz has powerful absorption abilities and can pull the pain frequency from the body and store it until cleansed; this function comes with practice, but clear intent accompanied by belief is all you really need.
4. Black Tourmaline
In the crystal world, we use black stones when we are in need of protection. Black tourmaline is a powerful protector, even to the most inexperienced of crystal users.
This is a particularly handy ally to have if you feel that negative energies or emotions are trying to burst your happiness bubble. Likewise, if anyone is sending black magic your way, black tourmaline will absorb the forces and transform them into less threatening energy.
This crystal also wants to reconnect the user with the Earth. It’s incredibly grounding and will reignite the sub-chakra that is situated under your feet. Some healers use black tourmaline as a detoxifier; sufferers of lymphatic issues can keep one of these stones around their neck for relief.
Fluorite is another stone that is very regularly faked and sold. Glass and dye can produce a fluorite looking crystal quite easily, so again we recommend always looking to reputable retailers when it comes time to invest.
Fluorite and crystal beginners go together like a house on fire. Often, the first thing a person needs before they can start working properly with metaphysical objects is a healthy flow of energy. Fluorite gets straight to work in unblocking any energetic stagnancy in the user, even those that have been stuck for years, or decades.
Some use fluorite as a protective shield, as it is incredibly porous and can absorb a lot of negativity. This is a stone that needs cleansing quite regularly.
Citrine is a gentle, must-have stone for all beginners to this kind of healing work. One of the first things that it does is work to purify the external environment in which it lives, so that there is an all around boost in emotions and thoughts from that point forward.
This will feel subtle in the beginning, and then eventually tangible as the days and months roll by. Citrine then enters the internal world of the user, working directly to help improve your levels of self-esteem.
This is a beautiful stone for people suffering from anxiety and depression. It is also great for overcoming phobias that you perceive to be holding you back in everyday life.
Also known as fool’s gold, pyrite is the facilitator of one’s true path. It’s a crystal that can be used to either illuminate a path that is not yet known, or to help guide an individual who has just embarked on a new journey.
This is the stone of dreamers; pyrite is an active energy that wants to get things done. It is extremely optimistic for the future, even if you don’t necessarily share this belief yet.
Pyrite is also thought to attract abundance and prosperity. The fact that it looks like gold is no coincidence. Keep a small piece in your pocket or handbag, near to where you would usually expect to find money.
Malachite is another stone of abundance; it will work to bring you more of whatever it is that you desire an excess of.
Malachite is one of the top crystals for beginners who are looking to bring more loyalty and trust into an existing relationship. This may be with a friend or a romantic partner, and the stone will open the user up to avenues of love that they have perhaps been neglecting or blinded to. This is a heart chakra oriented stone.
If you’re wanting to connect more deeply to your own intuition, malachite can help. It will pull you toward yourself, so to speak, so that those inklings you feel on a daily basis will feel more communicative and certain.
9. Smokey Quartz
Smokey quartz is one of the most beautiful crystals, particularly when worn as jewelry. It works with the root chakra, and is thus concerned with grounding the user. In this way, smokey quartz can be used to make more rational decisions and logical choices.
Opening up the root chakra is the first step in opening yourself up to the emotional world. If you have the tendency to be closed off, this crystal can become a powerful ally in helping you to reconnect to your emotional body. Similarly, if you are interested in reaching the kundalini level of enlightenment, this crystal facilitates the first stages of this journey.
Smokey quartz is also great to keep next to your laptop or microwave; it pulls pollutants from the environment so that you don’t have to absorb them yourself.
10. Tiger’s Eye
Tiger’s eye is one of the most potent protection stones on Earth. There is something incredibly alluring about these crystals; they get their names due to their tiger-like hues and striped bodies.
Tiger’s eye, in many ways, harnesses the energy of the tiger as a being. It’s all about confidence, willpower and integrity. It’s a physically strong stone that can take a hit. It’s best suited to people who travel a lot, either by car or by plane. Any unfamiliar energies that attempt to contaminate your seven chakras will be warded off, keeping you in alignment even when your external environment keeps changing.
If you suffer from stress, this is the stone for you. Wear it as a ring, or keep a piece in your car somewhere you can see it.
11. Black Obsidian
Black obsidian is made from volcanic glass. It spends thousands of years beneath the Earth before it retains its solidified form, and although it’s just black you’ll find it hard to tear your eyes away from a gleaming piece of it.
Like most black stones, this is an absorber of negative energies. It protects the user at all costs, and a lot of people like to keep generous pieces of black obsidian by their front doors to cleanse all individuals who enter their home space.
If you’re wanting to better connect with your higher self, black obsidian can help you. It’s a crystal that loves answers, and channeling them from outer realms is its specialty.
Most beginners are initially drawn to moonstone due to its alluring aesthetic. It’s quite possibly the most beautiful crystal by objective standards; it resembles a pearl from the sea that retains the entire light spectrum within its core.
As the name suggests, moonstone is affiliated with the energy of the moon. This is a very soft, gentle, nurturing energy that is rooted in femininity and sensuality. For this reason, moonstone is great for balancing emotions and strengthening intuition.
This is a wonderful tool for all who are seeking a new beginning. The energy of the full moon brings opportunity for us to shed what is no longer serving us. As a result, when this frequency is emanated by moonstone the user is able to do the same.
Contrarily, sunstone is affiliated with the energy of the sun. This is a stone of passion, joy and motivation. The sun is incredibly nurturing, but in a very different way compared to the moon.
Sunstone seeks empowerment for the user. If you are feeling stagnant in your work life or home space, then sunstone will gently guide you toward the best possible outcome for your soul.
Sunstone can also be used to recharge your chakra energy centers. By placing the stone onto the body, each energy center can be rebalanced and reenergized in just a matter of minutes. For this reason, be sure to properly cleanse your sunstone as often as possible. It goes without saying that one should not use the energy of the full moon, but rather the saltwater or smudging cleansing methods.
If you’re one to get caught up in the general fears of existence, a piece of carnelian may be a worthwhile companion.
Carnelian embodies the energy of fearlessness, courage and motivation. It seeks vitality of the mind, body and spirit for the user, and knows that so long as fear is present true vitality can never reign supreme.
This is also a crystal of sexuality. Use it to reignite that fire that may have burned out over the years, or gift it to a friend who you think could use some fire of their own. Metaphysical sexual energy is closely linked to tantra, and actually affects flow in all areas of one’s life.
15. Lapis Lazuli
Blue crystals tend to work very closely with the throat chakra. They are concerned with communication, and the representation of inner truth.
Lapis lazuli is a stone of expression; if you struggle in this department, find yourself a piece and put it to work. You’ll have a more refined, authentic version of yourself being presented to the world in no time.
Because of its affiliation to the throat, lapis lazuli is also a healer of the thyroid. Thyroid disorder is common across men and women, and wearing a piece of this crystal around one’s neck can bring some much needed relief.
Lapis lazuli has also been linked to clairvoyance, and the ability to speak truths of those who are no longer present in the physical.
Green jade is a crystal that is deeply connected to the Earth and mother nature. It has been used for centuries across different ancient civilizations as a healing stone.
There is a cheeky energy to jade. It attracts wealth and abundance to the user, even if they weren’t necessarily intending to have such an experience.
Harmony is something that jade seeks for all users. It believes in the balance of nature, and thus desires balance in the body, mind and soul of the user so that they can realize that they are simply an extension of nature, and not merely observing it.
Jade is a wonderful stone to use directly on the skin, as it has anti-inflammatory properties thanks to being a naturally cool rock.
Some call it green, some call it blue, but amazonite will call you out on all your false identities and facades — you’ve been warned!
Amazonite is a crystal for authenticity. It helps you stay in your innate power and remain true to yourself, particularly when there are a lot of people asking a lot of you. In this way, you’ll be able to forge a more genuine connection with all you come into contact with, as your most authentic self is right at the forefront.
This is also an incredibly rational stone. If your life situation is calling for more rationality, get yourself a small piece to keep next to your bed as you sleep. Amazonite also makes for striking pieces of jewelry.
Sodalite is another stone of blue that works closely with the heart chakra. This one is concerned with self-awareness, and in turn helps the user generate a heightened perception of self that can be carried through to all areas of life.
A profoundly creative stone, a lot of artists like to keep a piece of sodalite nearby or in the palms of their hands when in need of inspiration.
If you are a public speaker, this is a wonderful crystal to wear as jewelry. It provides clarity of mind, voice and intent, which is tangible to all those on the receiving end of your words. Use it if you’re open to having new information flow into your mind and out of your mouth.
Selenite is one of the highest vibration stones to ever have been mined from the Earth. It is typically sold in wand form, and looks a lot like fallen icicles.
Selenite is incredibly ethereal. It connects you to the angelic realms so that any energy that needs to be cleared from your chakras is taken care of without your concern.
This crystal is a light bringer. It’s a beautiful companion to anyone who is going through particularly dark times, or severe illness. You can place a piece under your bed if you have bodily pains that keep you out of a state of peace.
Selenite is one of few crystals that never have to be cleansed. They are self-cleansing, and can also be used to cleanse other crystals: simply place them on top of the selenite.
20. Black Onyx
Black onyx is one of the more playful of the dark stones. While also rooted in protection, onyx encourages the user to take a look at their ego and find healthy outlets for this energy.
Onyx is also instrumental in improving concentration. If you struggle with this at work or in class, keep a piece directly on your desk.
If you’re holding onto wounds from the past, black onyx will work to heal them on your behalf. It does so in a way that is non invasive, and not traumatic to the user. Something will hurt one day, and suddenly not hurt the next.
Kyanite looks a lot like the selenite icicles, only in rich blue.
This is a crystal rooted in justice, truth and communication (as are most blue-hued stones). Alignment with one’s self is the first step to conscious living, and kyanite can show you how to get here.
If you have been struggling with insomnia, or experiencing memorable nightmares, kyanite will help facilitate restful sleep. Similarly, if you battle with anxiety by day, kyanite will have a pacifying effect on your cells.
During meditation, kyanite will align your throat and third eye charka for more clear psychic communication. Telepathy comes naturally to kyanite, so we have a lot to learn from this stone. Restorative flow of energy between the throat and the third eye can bring great benefit to other areas of our lives. It may even open up pathways of communication with higher dimensions, or with those who have passed on.
We hope you have enjoyed this guide to the top crystals for beginners. If you are interested in incorporating crystals into your life, you should consider a mindful breathing necklace made of a crystal that resonates with you. Mindful breathing jewelry made of crystals not only help provide the benefits of the crystal you choose to wear, but they can also be used to help slow your breath, leading to a greater sense of calm and serenity. Also, if you are interested in reading more about anxiety and crystals, check out our comprehensive blog post on the 15 Best Crystals for Anxiety!