Crystals are not only beautiful gifts of nature but can also be a great source of support in your everyday life. For beginners, the amount of information online can be quite overwhelming.
We've created a simple reference guide to help you get started with a crystal collection of your own. (Be warned! Once you start, you may find it hard to stop!)
What are Crystals?
Crystals are living forms of Mother Earth. Many crystals form from melted molten lava that cools and creates various combinations of minerals, resulting in crystals. Others grow organically within the Earth’s surface.
What Are Crystals Used For?
If you’re not sure what you want to use crystals for, you may be overwhelmed with the various options available. Let’s discuss a few common uses for crystals, and how that will inform which type of crystals you’ll start with.
Here are a few uses for crystals:
A tool for meditation. Holding crystals in your hands during meditation can help you get into a more relaxed state.
“Good luck” charms. Carry a crystal in your pocket for good luck!
Home decor. Crystals add a beautiful element to your home decor. Place them on shelves, mantels, or your coffee table.
Energy balancing. Gems and minerals emit positive energy on a vibrational level. They can be used to balance the energy throughout your home, in your car, your workspace, and more.
A source of tranquillity. We strongly believe that contemplating the beauty of crystals inspires tranquillity. Sometimes we don’t know why we are attracted to gems and minerals, but we can all appreciate their beauty and peaceful energy.
Once you know how you intend to use your crystals, you can look for specific stones that suit your needs. For instance, if you’re interested in using crystals for meditation, you may want to choose “pocket stones” or Crystal Tumbles as the base of your collection while larger crystals clusters and crystal carvings are more ideal for home decor. If you want to use your crystals to charge your water or balance energy, then crystal “points” are a great option. More on different types of crystals later.
What do Crystals Do?
Crystals emit a pure positive frequency. They can communicate with you by sending you their positive energy, simply by making contact with you through touch. This is why crystals are such a valuable tool in meditation. Our customers have used crystals as a meditation aid, to help soothe anxiety before taking a big test, to bring more creativity and inspiration into their life or to attract more abundance.
Place them on your desk while you're working or place them on the edge of your bathtub while going for a soak.
Others simply contemplate their breathtaking beauty.
You'll also find that crystals make a unique gift for a variety of occasions.
Each crystal has unique properties that you can seek out to support your needs. One way to learn about the properties of a crystal is to check out our guide to Crystal Meanings. For example, “Amethyst is known for its Healing Properties.” You can also invest in a good crystal reference book.
We recommend starting with “The Gift of Crystals”. Filled with over 50 types of crystals and how to use them, from Agate for grounding and nurturing your energy field and Carnelian for promoting healthy sexual relationships, to Moonstone for connecting deeply to your feminine side, Quartz for enhancing motivation and amplifying intention, and Lapis Lazuli for enhancing psychic gifts and awareness. Each crystal description is detailed with beautiful photographs and its special features include Distance Healing with Crystals, connecting your Crystals and Chakras, and how to create a powerful healing Crystal Grid.
Which Crystal Should You Start With?
There are many different varieties of gems and minerals and each of them is beautiful in its right. If you’re new to the world of crystals, it can be a little overwhelming at first! Here are our suggestions for a few that are great options for starting your collection.
Clear Quartz: There's a reason why this is top of the list. Clear Quartz represents clarity. It can be “programmed” with your intentions, meaning you can ask it to help you with a specific area in your life that you need support with. Clear quartz likes to be charged in the sun. This mineral does absorb energy, so needs to be cleansed from time to time (more about this later). Clear quartz also amplifies the energy of other crystals. It is a must-have for any crystal collection.
Rose Quartz: The stone of universal love, Rose Quartz enhances the presence of love in your life. It can help with attracting love as well as amplifying the love that is already present. Rose Quartz also helps with opening your heart chakra and promotes self-love. Please note that Rose Quartz fades if left in direct sunlight.
Smokey Quartz: Smoky Quartz absorbs negative energy and transmutes it into a more positive frequency. It’s a good stone to keep around you when you’re feeling angry or when you have been around a lot of negative energy lately. Because Smoky Quartz transmutes energy, it is very important to both charge and cleanse this stone from time to time. (More about Crystal Cleansing later.)
Amethyst: The stone of spirituality, Amethyst promotes peace and serenity while heightening spiritual awareness. It’s a great stone to use for stress relief. Meditate with amethyst or sleep with it under your pillow for peaceful sleep and dreams. Do not place Amethyst in direct sunlight or the colour will fade.
Citrine: The stone of abundance, Citrine promotes an increase in the areas of your life where you need it most. Carry a small Citrine stone in your wallet to promote financial abundance. If you have a product or business, use Citrine to help you attract more customers/clients. Citrine does not absorb energy, therefore it does not need to be cleansed or charged.
Types of Crystals
You can fill your crystal collection with many different types of crystals. It’s helpful to know what the different shapes and forms are called how to use them.
Here is a list that you can refer back to as needed:
Tumbled/Pocket Stones: As mentioned earlier, pocket stones are crystals that have been tumbled in metal bowls until they are smooth to the touch. They are the most inexpensive type of crystal you can find. Because they are usually small, tumbled stones are ideal for carrying around with you and are great for holding in your hands during meditation. Try holding two tumbled stones in one hand and moving both stones in a clockwise and counterclockwise motion.
Raw Stones: Raw crystals are stones that are still in their “raw” form. They have more texture, and some would argue, more character than smooth stones. Raw crystals are the purest connection with mother earth. Having come directly from her depths, they provide the strongest source of her energy and power.
Clusters: Crystal clusters are pieces that have several points connected to one crystal. They are particularly stunning because of the way each point reflects light, creating a sparkling effect.
Geodes: Geodes are rocks that have been sliced in half to reveal the beautiful small crystal clusters, called “druzy” inside,
Crystal Points: Crystals are often carved into beautifully intricate points with several sides. Some points are flat on the bottom so that they can stand. Others are double-terminated, meaning that they have pointed ends on both sides. Crystal points are great for directing energy. The energy flows from the pointed tip of the crystal so you can direct towards objects, or yourself, to feel the essence of the stone. Double pointed crystals are said to flow energy both inwards and outwards, amplifying the frequency of the stone. These are a great option for people looking for crystals to meditate with.
Crystal Spheres: We have all heard of magical crystal balls. Well, they exist! Our Crystal spheres are very powerful generators of energy because they radiate from all sides. Not only are they pretty they’re smooth to the touch. Symbolic in shape as there’s no beginning or end.
Crystal Jewellery: There are a wide variety of crystals available in the form of jewellery. Wearing crystal jewellery is a super-easy way to integrate the magic of crystals into your life. Dante’s Luxury offers a comprehensive crystal jewellery collection which includes:
When you start your crystal collection, you should commit to caring for them.
The better you care for your crystals, the longer they’ll last and the better they will care for you! Here are a few ways you can nurture your crystal collection.
Charging Your Crystals
Just like how we need to take care of our body and mind, crystals need to be charged to work their best. It’s not kind to use crystals without giving them a chance to re-balance. Here are some charging options.
Most gems and minerals, especially Clear Quartz, will enjoy spending an afternoon in sunlight. The natural energy from the sunlight will charge your crystals. (Keep in mind that certain stones, like Amethyst, will fade in colour if they spend too much time in direct sun.) Free free to set your crystals on a tray outside or place them in your garden. If you’re not comfortable leaving your gems outside, placing them in a sunny window is also ok.
Each month, mark your calendar for the next full moon. A full moon is a great opportunity to charge your crystal collection. All crystals enjoy bathing in the radiant light of a full moon. As with sun-charging, place your crystals outside or in a window during the full moon. Leave them there all night long. Your crystals will be so happy afterwards!
Cleansing Your Crystals
Would you feel good if you went weeks without a bath? Neither do your crystals. Give them a nice bath by using one of the following cleansing methods:
Sage: Sage leaves are used for cleansing of all kinds. You may already know that you can use sage to cleanse your home and help balance your energy. Smudging (letting the sage smoke burn intentionally) your crystals is a very common way to cleanse them. You can find our range of Sage Crystal Smudge Sticks online and we restock our smudging tools every week.
However, the aroma from burning sage is quite strong and some people are allergic. If that is the case, don’t worry! There are other ways you can cleanse your crystals.
Palo Santo: Wood from the Palo Santo tree is said to be sacred and is sold as incense in a stick-like form. The smell is very pleasant and refreshing. This is a perfect option if you are sensitive to the strong aroma of sage.
Incense: Just as the two options above, your crystals will enjoy being surrounded by the smoke of incense. Choose a scent that is pleasing to you so that you can enjoy the process as well. Dante’s Luxury offers a range of incense for our customers to enjoy a multi-sensory experience. Our incense products aromas and calming sensation to attract your sight and smell.
A Charging Crystal: If you invest in a large crystal cluster, you can place smaller crystals on top of them to charge. Amethyst and Quartz are great options. You can also charge your crystal jewellery this way.
Another way to care for your crystals is simply to spend time with them! Don’t let your crystals sit around collecting dust. Communicate with them in whatever way feels comfortable for you. At the very least, make sure you hold your crystals every once in a while and thank them for their natural beauty and positive energy.
Where Can I buy Crystals in Australia?
So, now you know the basics about these lovely gems and minerals.
Let’s talk about where you can purchase them to get your collection started! Search for a “metaphysical" store to find a shop near you that carries crystals products and related goods.
You can also check to see if there are any gem and mineral trade shows & markets in your city.
In Sydney, normally we host a pop-up store at Glebe markets but due to Covid 19, we’ve temporarily paused our market days.
You can always buy crystals online directly from Dante’s Luxury. We ship our crystal collections right from the heart of Sydney with tracking numbers supplied.
To Wrap Up
We hope that after reading this post you have the information you need to start your crystal collection. To see more about how to use crystals in the day-to-day, follow us on Instagram @Dantesluxury_syd.
We’re honoured to be able to share this knowledge with you.
Dante’s Luxury specialises in ethically sourced crystal products from around the world. We aim to bring good vibes and energy to our business and hence customers. Being a small business based in Sydney Australia it is our mission to spread love and healing along with our high-quality products and great customer service.
If you’ve reached this far down, thank you for taking the time to read our beginner's guide to collecting crystals.
Now, go forth and start your crystal collection! Have fun and if you ever need help selecting the perfect crystal feel free to get in touch!