Do you know what the best crystals for beginners are? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the different crystals out there, you’re not alone—it can be intense. But, read below and take our crystal quiz to find the best crystal for you.

Used by alternative medicine practitioners for years to alleviate everything from bad vibes to inflammation, crystal therapy is making a resurgence thanks to its popularity with A-listers and on social media.

Crystals and gemstones are widely available for purchase as jewelry, tumbled meditation stones and crystal power packs, or home décor. Use crystals as a reminder of your intentions or goals (which is how our bracelets work), as focus stones during daily meditation practice, to create a “power grid,” or as part of a ritual bath.  For those with the budget, larger statement piece-sized crystals can bring a burst of color and positive energy to any room.

What are healing crystals and how do they work?

Do healing crystals work—really?

While there are no peer-reviewed studies proving the medical efficacy of healing crystals, crystal believers swear by the practice. The psychology behind how they work is also very important to note. When you have a meaning behind an object, every time you see that object you associate it with that meaning. If a gemstone, say Rose Quartz, reminds you of self-love and to treat yourself lovingly, you will automatically think and begin to behave in that way every time you see your Rose Quartz.

In short—crystals are derived from the earth and therefore emit a vibrational energy that, when used as a conduit for positive intent, can promote beneficial health properties. Holding, viewing, and “charging” various crystals can create an ameliorating effect, calming frayed nerves and bringing mental clarity to murky situations.

Here are the 7 best crystals for beginners, their properties, and how to choose the right one for your positive intention.

The Best Crystals for Beginners

1. Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz is used for cleansing, healing, and amplifying the effects of other crystals. It’s also affordable, stylish, and easy to find, making it a must-have for beginners. Clear Quartz is an overall cleanser and amplifier of positive energy. Known as a “Universal Healer,” it can be used for almost any type of healing or for cleansing your aura or surroundings. Clear Quartz can also assist in manifesting, use it or keep it near when you’re meditating or journaling to give your intentions more power.

Clear Quartz
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2. Moonstone

Dreamy and romantic, opalescent Moonstone aids in grounding and finding direction. For the beginner plagued with decision-fatigue, think of Moonstone as a full moon lighting the way through a dark forest. Moonstone is also known as the “Stone of Motherhood,” as it is believed to balance female hormones and it’s is great for relieving stress, heightening your intuition and soothing your emotions.

3. Aquamarine

Named for its close association to the sea, Aquamarine has a reputation for promoting luck and safe passage. Light bluish-green with high clarity, Aquamarine compliments all skin tones and eye colors. It’s also one of the most durable gemstones, the perfect travel companion to a jet-setting beginner who is always on the go.

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Pyrite Worry Stone

4. Pyrite

Pyrite is commonly associated with good luck, prosperity and wealth. Also known as “Fool’s Gold,” Pyrite’s glittery vibes make it a stylish choice for those in need of a lucky charm. Power-player Pyrite is a major manifesting stone, helping those who wear it attract more abundance. It reminds you of what you want in life, and helps you think creatively to achieve your goals and dreams.

5. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz attracts unconditional love. One of the best crystals for beginners or those new to the crystal world because it is such a loving, supportive stone. Known for its soft, pale pink hue, Rose Quartz is imbued with the power of all things divinely feminine: tenderness, compassion, motherly comfort, and romance. Rose Quartz helps enhance self-esteem, is also a great stone for those looking to attract new love, improve self-love and increase romantic energy. It’s a crystal that is known to add more positive and joyful energy to those who wear it.

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6. Amethyst

Amethyst calms the mind. The go-to crystal for anxiety and insomnia, Amethyst is known for reducing stress, protecting your energy and enhancing willpower. It is the stone of spirituality that cleanses the aura and body of negative energy including toxic emotions such as anger, anxiety, and fear; thereby, attracting new positive energy. Many people use Amethyst to remind them of their goals and tap into their motivational mindset.  Amethyst also helps you trust your intuition and is a powerful protective crystal that encourages inner strength.

7. Smoky Quartz

Smoky Quartz absorbs and repels negative energy. Earthy and muted, Smoky Quartz is often overlooked in favor of the clarifying Clear Quartz or romantic Rose Quartz. However, those feeling drained from too much negative energy may want to reconsider Smoky Quartz. Gray-brown with a hue ranging from ashy to golden, Smoky Quartz absorbs and transmutes negative energy into its positive counterpart. Great for those plagued by distraction or surrounded by toxic people or culture.

What crystals should beginners avoid?

None! Try any of these crystals for beginners and create your own associations with them. Follow tradition, go with your gut, or pick out something you think is cute. As long as you follow it up with positive intention, you’ll be good to go. To find out which crystals are best for you, click here to take our crystal quiz.

Create Your Own Crystal Power Pack

When you’re ready to put together your own collection of crystals, click here to create a customized crystal power pack for personalized support and healing, which includes 3 crystals of your choice, plus a selenite stick for cleansing. Each gemstone or crystal has unique healing properties, so choose the combo that will help you feel or attract all that you desire! (Descriptions of stones here.)