Crystals for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know

Let the healing begin

Updated 06/07/17
Alice Gao

I was given my first crystal six years ago. The piece of rose quartz was gifted to me during a trying time in my life and to this day I believe in its power to charge up with energy, to positively change me, and to bring love and light into my life. The pink beauty sits on my dresser next to the necklace of a lotus flower and buddha that I wear every day. Every night the crystal's energy spills onto my jewellery, and when I wear it, I find myself subconsciously rubbing the buddha between my thumb and forefinger and I feel peace, love, and safety. Are you already reading this with one eyebrow askew and thinking to yourself, "Um, is she okay?"—well, you're forgiven. I know crystals and healing energy is a niche subject, but with so many positive experiences out there I can't help but be a believer.

To further increase your eyebrow raise, I find nature's semiprecious stones can also deliver increased wellness and health. How, you ask? Through the energy system. To further explore this I asked Rachel Crethar, owner of Rock & Co, to share her top six crystals for six different women. In this exclusive guide for MyDomaine Australia, she explains what each stone does, as well as her personal favourites, and a real-life success story.

If you're still not sold after reading this, crystals do always make for a unique décor accessory, and you might just find your home feeling lighter, too.

Keep scrolling for the full interview.

MYDOMAINE AUSTRALIA: What makes crystals work?

RACHEL CRETHAR: Crystals work through the human energy system—that is our chakras, meridian system, and aura, not through our physical body. Yet our energy system can affect our physical body. Memories can be held in our joints, cells and bones, so it's important to clear these points and keep the energy flowing through the body to avoid illness. Overall, crystals should be used to "speed up" the healing process by encouraging emotional release, spiritual development, or awakening and helping to balance your chakras' meridian system. 

MD: What is your personal favourite crystal?

RC: It's hard to have a favourite because I tend to go through phases depending on what I’m working on, or trying to clear at the time. That said, I have a soft spot for green apophyllite and celestite.

MD: How can more people incorporate crystals into their busy lives?

RC: There are so many uses for crystals. You can have crystals on your desk for wealth or creativity, in your pocket for staying grounded during the day, on your bedside for sleep or emotional healing, and even throughout the house for protection or energy regulation.

MD: Do you have any specific memory or experience of a crystal changing your life or a client's? 

RC: So many. They are the best types of emails to get. One of my favourite stories was from a friend that was having trouble selling her house. I gave her a piece of pyrite and told her to sit quietly and visualise the exact amount she wanted to receive. Within three hours an offer had been made that was $150,000 more than anyone had indicated to agents they would pay. She said that was the exact amount she needed and had visualised. It was amazing.

Read on to find your perfect crystal match with Rachel's detailed guide.

Crystal Guide

For the high-powered working woman

Clear Quartz
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Clear Quartz

Clear quartz absorbs, stores and regulates the energies around it, making it perfect for manifesting your dreams into reality, and clearing any unwanted negative energies. As it's beneficial for clarity and clearer thinking, clear quartz is also ideal for times you require focus.

For The single girl

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Rose Quartz

Rose quartz attracts intimacy and closer bonds with family and friends, as overall it increases relationship harmony and contentment. It also plays an important role in increasing self-worth, self-esteem and personal fulfilment.

For The working mother

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Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz keeps you grounded and calm when you have a million work-related, family-related, and life thoughts bouncing through your head. (As a working mother herself, Rachel says she rarely leaves her home without a piece of smokey quartz.)

For The stay-at-home mother

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Amethyst

Amethyst is known for its metaphysical ability to still the mind and emotions, allowing you to feel clearer, grounded and content.

For The introvert

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Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is perfect for combating shyness. If your energy gets depleted around large groups of people this is a good one to keep in your pocket.

For The dreamer

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Celestite

Celestite is the ideal crystal for your bedroom, helping you relax and release before sleep. (It’s said that it can help you remember your dreams.) This stone also provides comfort that everything will turn out okay.

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