A look at crystals for beginners.
There are 3 questions that I get asked most often regarding the basics of crystals when starting a collection.
1 - What is the difference between a crystal, a gemstone and a rock?
A crystal is simply a singly structured mineral that contains a crystalline atomic structure versus a rock that is made up of multiple minerals and/or crystals. All solitary minerals are Crystals.
A gemstone is called a gemstone when it is beautiful enough to be used to make jewelry. That is the most basic answer that I can give.
2 - How do crystals work?
While there is much debate regarding the 'magical powers' of crystals, the fact that crystals give off vibrations based on their differing molecular structure is absolutely true. Using these vibrational energies while holding, wearing or being in the proximity of crystals, one can visualize, manifest or meditate on what they need/want and the crystals are said to lend one a helping hand to accomplish goals or simply to feel better. Choosing the right crystal is highly beneficial to this process.
3 - What is a good 'beginner' crystal?
There are plenty of nice crystals for you to choose from. Aroma Bubbles Lifestyle Boutique has, in fact, over 150 ethically sourced choices in tumbled stones alone! Really the choice of your first crystal should be based on what you are wanting to achieve with it. Most people start off with a nice little amethyst cluster for about $10. Amethyst has so many wonderful properties with a very gentle vibration for those just starting out. Others may start with a small sampling of a few $1-$2 crystals from the tumbled bins. If you are shopping online or in the store, you will see 'Crystal Healing Benefits or Meanings' papers with each specimen to guide you in your choices. Papers are prepared for you to take with each crystal that you purchase. Many compliment their collection with these descriptive papers in their journal or album. Only YOU can choose your own first crystal and every crystal to follow that, unless you get some as a gift of course.
It is said that we do not choose our crystals, but that they choose us.
Isn't that nice to think about?
I hope that this allowed a bit of light to be shone on the basics of crystals for those of you that are just starting out. I will do another blog post soon.
Until then, let me just say, "You are Enough!".
Let me ask you this before I go... I believe in the power of healing crystals.
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