Crystal Curious? 5 Popular Crystals & What They Do

It is the age of the crystal. They're being worn as jewelry. They're being dropped into water bottles. They're amazing Instagram-bait. And for a growing number of people, the beautiful rocks are an essential part of a meditation and wellness practice.

Practitioners believe that crystals have the power to bring certain energies into your life. But even if you don't buy into the energy side of things, you can still benefit from them. For example, gaze at one to help you stay focused during meditation. Or carry them around as reminders of what you want to manifest — such as openness in a new relationship.


“Crystals and gemstones serve as a tool to help us connect our thoughts to our body and manifest our intentions,” says Krystal Smith, founder of the spirituality platform Spirit Astro. (Yes, her name is really Krystal.) “Crystals are used to empower you along your journey, and there's a crystal to assist you in every area of life,” she adds. “Crystal healing is a personal practice. There’s no one way or ‘right’ way to do it. The only rule you need to follow is to trust your intuition.”

Smith shared the meanings of five popular crystals with Refinery29 readers.

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Practitioners believe this blue crystal (also called celestine) can help ease anxiety and stress. Smith recommends keeping it on your desk to relieve work-related stress or placing it on your bedside table to help you fall asleep.
Spirit Astro Celestite Cluster, $24.00 Buy


This pretty purple crystal is believed to benefit the nervous system and promote healing and balance. It's often used to promote a good night's sleep.
Spirit Astro Dream Amethyst Obelisk, $20.00 Buy


Not to be confused with celestite, this "liquid light" crystal is said to cleanse your space and charge other crystals near it. (When crystals are "charged," they're infused with new energy.)
Spirit Astro Selenite Heart, $16.00 Buy

Rose Quartz

Sometimes called the "love stone," practitioners say this pink crystal promotes emotional healing and self-love, and also balances emotions.
Spirit Astro Rose Quartz Love Stone, $12.00 Buy

Clear Quartz

This crystal is sometimes called the "master healer," and practitioners use it to purify their environment. Smith recommends keeping it somewhere you spend a lot of time, such as your bedroom or living room, or your desk at work, in order to keep negativity away.
Spirit Astro Clear Quartz Clusters (small), $12.00 Buy
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