Get an in-depth introduction into everything you need to know about crystals from Kate and Eugenia of Flight of Fancy.
This post comes from our blog intern, Natalie!
For the past several months, I have become increasingly more intrigued by the world of crystals. What are the meanings behind these beautiful stones, and which ones should I include in my own home? Wanting to learn more on the subject, I reached out to experts Kate and Eugenia from Flight of Fancy. Read on for tips and information from the duo on all things crystals!
Stones, crystals, and minerals have been used around the world and throughout the ages for their energetic properties. Today with the world growing ever smaller, it’s never been easier to discover new, exciting and beautiful gems to adorn your home and body.
But what do you actually DO with them, how do you use them, and how do you choose? These are my tips for getting started with a crystal collection (obsession), and how to manage it.
Bringing Home the Right Pieces
When we are selling gems, we usually get asked by people new to crystals which one’s we’d recommend for them. In our experience, choosing a crystal is all intuition – you may not actually FEEL energy buzzing from the top of an amethyst, but our bodies pick up the subtle vibrations these stones put off. The vibrations are produced by the geometric molecular structure of each crystal, and there are now even scientific studies dedicated to measuring these frequencies.
Generally my first suggestion is to walk around the store, and (as long as it’s ok with the owner), pick up as many as possible. People are generally naturally drawn to certain stones, though they may not know why, and often times when the right one is in your hand, you know. Often, when someone has chosen a stone and I then describe it’s properties, it fits perfectly.
There are, however, some great staples I’d recommend for any budding collection.
Selenite is a fantastic energy cleanser, though it never needs cleaning itself. Aside from being great to grab after a tough day of difficult interactions, it’s perfect for using to clean the energy of any other stone you might bring home.
Quartz in it’s many forms is another gem that packs an energetic punch that matches it’s amazing look. Clear quartz is an energy cleanser and amplifier, and Smoky Quartz targets negative energy specifically. Lithium quartz has a calming energy (much like the element it contains and is named after), as does it’s cousin Amethyst.
Have fun feeling stones for yourself, and be surprised at what you choose!
A Stone for Every Space
Because certain stones work with specific energies, they tend do offer more aid in certain areas of your space. If you find yourself doing certain things with certain crystals, follow your intuition – there’s a reason why you may feel drawn to do what you’re doing!
Selenite with it’s cleansing properties is a must for the bedroom, especially for those who suffer with insomnia or nightmares. Keep pieces around the bed itself, or even over your head, such as in one of our Selenite Wall Hangings, to filter out bad dreams and calm a buzzing mind.
Citrine is a confidence and prosperity stone, and works well in a home office, workplace, or studio. If you know the Feng Shui of your space, place it in your money corner! If you’re prone to procrastination, a stone like the Jasper Mookaite helps combat the wandering mind. Blue Apatite is my personal “get it done” stone, as it’s known for helping one set realistic goals and meet them. Optimize work productivity by placing three garnets on your desk, so say Chinese mineral guides.
It’s helpful to remember that stones with vibrant colors may fade when kept in direct sunlight for long periods of time, and specimens definitely get dusty! Before you give it a bath, though, make sure your stone isn’t water soluble!
Other Ways To Use Minerals
If the goal of your collection is to actively work with stones, there’s a lot of proactive ways to play around with your pieces. Meditating with stones is incredibly powerful – set the stone next to you, or even better, lay down and place the stone on your body as you meditate. It’s worth noting that some people are much more sensitive to a stone’s energy, and it’s important before you meditate with one to know it’s properties well.
Some minerals, like Danburite or Celestite, offer a much gentler energy than others, while still being very spiritually oriented.
Mineral collectors may use a little medicine bag to carry their stones around, others might carry them in their pockets, bras, or wherever!
A good way to acquaint yourself with stones is to lay down and place the stone somewhere on your body, like your third eye. Lay with it for a few minutes – you may feel a lot, you may feel nothing, but it will help you unconsciously pick up the stone’s subtle vibrations.
Keep ‘em Clean!
When you first bring stones home, they will benefit from an energetic cleaning. Our favorite way is a bath in the ocean, but if that’s not an option a good salt bath will do the trick. Use sea salt and place the bowl in the sunlight, or under the moonlight, and let the stone sit overnight. When it comes out it’ll be energetically clean and ready for you.
Some minerals are slightly water soluble, and it’s worth noting before you bring them home! Selenite, fibrous Malachite, mica, and iron pyrite don’t like the water. For these stones, we’d recommend an energetic cleaning using sage, palo santo, or selenite itself.
Know What You’re Buying
Unfortunately, as technology advances, the world of stones becomes a little more complicated. Many stones on the market are treated or man-manipulated, and some sellers may not be completely forthcoming as to what they’re offering.
Various forms of Aura Quartz are absolutely STUNNING to look at. Their rainbow of colors and iridescence is breathtaking, and is all over the place nowadays! While not naturally occurring, their energies are interesting and beautiful, and different from their untreated counterparts. However, it’s worth remembering that these are not naturally occurring – those seeking all natural crystals may want to steer clear.
Citrine is another tricky stone. Found all over the place, it’s a great mineral for confidence, self esteem, and prosperity. Most Citrine found around is actually Amethyst that has been super heated, changing it’s color from purple to bright orange and yellow. Natural citrine has a much more subtle yellow color, and almost has a green hue to it. Similarly, some smoky quartz or calico pyrite may be heated to intensify their colors.
When buying jewelry, it’s worth taking note that there is a LOT of fake or mislabeled things on offer! Many producers have mastered making synthetic quartz, and the stone Howlite is often dyed and sold as Turquoise. Other things like Opalite and Goldstone are not labeled as such, but are man made.
The best thing to do when buying stones is to ask the person selling it a few questions: Where does this come from? How is this treated? What is this stone? Any good stone seller should know the answers to these questions, and it’s always good to be informed.
One more thing to consider when buying stones is their source. Many mines employ less than ideal mining practices, where local towns are taken advantage of, the earth is pillaged, and local workers are put into dangerous and low paying working conditions. Stones being energetic sponges hold onto their history of homes and handling, and it’s worth wondering if the way they are extracted from the Earth have an effect on their energy in the long run.
Beyond anything else, collecting crystals should be fun, enriching, and interesting. Get out and experience whatever you can, and see for yourself which gems are right for you!