As a crystal seller and practitioner, I’ve gotten to speak to many people about crystals. I’ve often encountered people who would like to explore the glittering world of gemstones and minerals but who feel intimidated.
Many people have gotten the idea that the world of crystals is a rarefied one that requires initiation. They have the impression that one must aspire to become a spiritual adept in order to appreciate crystals and benefit from them. Nothing could be less true.
Wearing Crystal Jewelry
I doubt that the people you see on the pages of fashion or celebrity magazines who wear jewelry made from precious gems such as emeralds, rubies, or sapphires are deeply attuned to the spiritual or metaphysical qualities of these stones. They may like their jewelry because it looks expensive, or the beauty of a finely cut gemstone may simply dazzle them.
You don’t have to have a piece from Tiffany or Cartier to enjoy an attractive necklace or bracelet. Nor do you have to have precious gemstones. Many lovely stones such as moonstone, opal, citrine, and rose quartz make dramatic centerpieces for jewelry.
Crystals in Natural Form
Many people enjoy the natural beauty of uncut crystals without giving a moment of thought to their metaphysical qualities. A quartz sphere or cluster looks beautiful on a coffee table or in a cabinet. Amethyst clusters are equally stunning.
If you like the idea of bringing the wonders of nature into your home, crystals make a perfect choice. They don’t have to be given food or water (although they do need to be washed regularly). You don’t have to walk them or hire sitters for them when you go away.
I often had customers come into my Manhattan store who said they had no belief in the power of crystals. One of these customers stands out in my mind. After stating this standard disclaimer, he pulled out a polished hematite (a very shiny silver stone). “This is my worry stone,” he said. “I don’t know why, but whenever I’m upset and I rub it, I feel better.”
Familiarity Breeds Deeper Appreciation
That man seemed quite content with his relationship to his hematite. Often, though, when you regularly wear crystals or display them in your home, you find that the quality of your appreciation shifts.
Without giving it any thought, you may gaze at your crystal ball when you need grounding, or you may find it comforting to sit and look at a beautiful cluster. You might find that sometimes you must wear your moonstone pendant or ring.
When that happens, you are on your way to a rewarding and hype-free relationship with the mineral kingdom. You don’t need a book or a guru to instruct you in this. All you need is yourself and a nice crystal to guide you.