I Have This Thing With Crystals
I'm one of the least spiritual people you'll come across, so my love of crystals and minerals is as puzzling to me as it is to everybody else. Aside from their beauty (miniature crystal gardens are beginning to take shape in every room of our house) I find the individual meanings behind each stone fascinating, even if I don't fully subscribe to their powers. I've still got a lot to learn about crystal healing and its history, but for now I thought I'd introduce my collection as it stands and give an overview of some of my most-loved pieces.
Also known as: 'The Love Stone'
Rose Quartz is one of the first crystals I came across - I remember my mum having a stone beside her bed growing up and, partially for that reason, it's always held a special place in my heart. It's immediately recognisable from its soft pink colour and, in its raw form, is made up of jagged hexagonal structures. Compassion and romance have become synonymous with Rose Quartz, a stone that ultimately symbolises acceptance and unconditional love.
Also known as: 'The Healer'
Perhaps one of the most recognisable stones, Turquoise brings a real pop of colour to my collection. The use of Turquoise crystals in healing rituals dates back thousands of years - this particular stone is said to represent an energetic flow of love, which has long been considered the best way to mend broken hearts and move forward following a period of emotional turmoil.
Also known as: 'The Transformer'
My piece of Malachite was given to me as a gift when Calum and I celebrated our seventh anniversary, so naturally it's one of the most treasured stones in my collection. The green crystals are set within a larger piece of rock and their colour is said to symbolise personal growth and attract positive vibes, ridding the mind and body of negative energies in the process. It's synonymous with wisdom and is known for its ability to attract spiritual wealth.
Also known as: 'The Intuitive Eye'
Purple stones are relatively rare, which is perhaps why Amethyst is so well-known and sought-after. It's a meditative, calming stone that promotes peace and balance - allowing the holder to think and see clearly. It also has links with intellect and is said to be one of the very few stones that can help to sharpen the mind as well as improve emotional intelligence.
Also known as: 'The Deflector'
Pyrite is the jagged golden stone in my collection. It's by far the most eye-catching of them all - in fact I was amazed that it's entirely natural. It's known commonly as 'Fool's Gold', yet it still harnesses the power to promote wealth and good luck. It's said to ultimately act as a personal bodyguard, protecting its owner from negative energies and encourage a more disciplined, optimistic mindset.
Also known as: 'The Stone of Opportunity'
Green is my favourite colour, so naturally I was drawn to this stone as soon as I saw it. It's similar to Jade but is slightly deeper in colour, and is commonly thought of as the luckiest crystal of them all. Those close to Green Aventurine are said to have more opportunities land at their door and a better chance of striking lucky in any situation - be it related to family, career or romance.
Also known as: 'The Lucky Charm'
Jade is another well-known stone, promoting tranquility, health and friendship. As you might expect from a green crystal, it's also seen as something of a lucky charm and is credited with enabling the owner to see past self-esteem issues and achieve their full potential. Colour-wise it's probably my favourite of the lot, although I'm yet to collect a piece in its raw form.
Also known as: 'The Stone of Angels'
I've unintentionally ended up with more Celestite in my collection than any other stone, although that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's perhaps one of the more spiritual in meaning and is credited with bringing a sense of peace and belonging to the wider universe.
Also known as: 'The Stone of Playfulness'
It took me forever to identify this piece of speckled yellow stone when I first came across it, but the Dalmatian Stone is the closest I've found. They come in many different colours, but generally symbolise the breaking down of personal barriers and a return of childlike innocence and playfulness. It's the only true yellow stone that I own, and to look at, I think it's one of the most beautiful.