What are Crystals? Crystals are Mother Earth’s gift to us, formed within Her body, they are living energy, in a way they are the keys to the Universe. Each particular type of crystal or mineral can be seen as a key, and we can use these keys to access specific energies, whether that be for healing, meditation, protection, understanding, as well as a thousand other uses. Crystals have been mined and used for thousand of years, and can be seen in ancient crowns, regalia and jewellery. Lapis Lazuli was ground up into paint and was used to decorate temples and icons.

How to Crystals Affect Us?
We all have our own life/energy force, and we have energy points called chakras. We have seven major chakras, each has a specific function, when we’re tired, stressed, unwell or depressed our chakras can slow down or even stop working (which really isn’t that uncommon in the stressful society that we are a part of). Crystals are used by healers to help realign chakras, they can assist the healing process, and can be programmed for particular jobs.

Crystals have their own frequency/energy. Rose Quartz is a specific nurturing energy, A mother/love stone. If when you feel down you were to hold a cleansed Rose Quartz you will begin to harmonise with the frequency of the crystal, and absorb the feelings (frequency) of love and care into your aura.

Crystals can enhance, promote and help bring in chosen energies, for instance Tourmaline’s help at times of change, within the tourmaline family there are different types: black, deflects negativity, green for emotional, watermelon (pink and green), and red, all help during times of change although in different ways. Topazes bring clarity, higher perspectives, blue for emotional, golden for creativity. Diamonds is an amplifier and purifier, Rubies strengthens the will and gives courage, Emeralds helps to turn negativity into positively.

Choosing the Right Crystal For You:

The best way is to let your intuition guide you, if you feel really drawn to one piece that’s the one for you.It can be incorporated into jewellery or be raw pieces. Crystals in their natural form are the most powerful. When crystals are cut, shaped and polished they can lose their natural force. However if the piece you like has been shaped and polished working and wearing the stone will bring energy and life back to the stone and it will perform its natural function.

Cleaning Crystals:

When you buy a crystal, one of the first things you need to do is clean it. An ideal way is to place the crystal under the cold tap and turn the water on so it flows over the stone/s and down the plug hole, this will take out the impurities and leave the stone clean and revitalised. Another way is to leave it on a sunny windowsill and let the suns light cleanse it.

A good way of checking the stone is to dowse it, hold the dowser/pendulum over the crystal and see what happens, the pendulum should pick up a clockwise swing, if the crystal is dirty then it could be a slow or a small swing. Cleanse the stone and check again, there should be a noticeable difference in the energy of the stone. Sometimes crystals that are not cleansed will break.