The Not So Basic Guide to Crystals

A few months ago, I wrote a blog called Crystals 101 - A beginners guide to crystals. One of my core values here at The Auric Fields is education, and I know that there are many people at many different levels of crystal knowledge that are likely to stumble on my little corner of the internet.

Sometimes, a simple top 8 crystals blog won’t quite suffice. Sometimes, a small refresher is just perfect.

For the newly crystal curious and the crystal expert alike, a straightforward, no fluff reference for all the basic crystals you may need is golden. It is the place you look back to when you just cant quiiiite place the name of that one stone. Or, if you have a certain misalignment you’d like to work on and something is just off in the vibrations - you can grab this handy guide and find out what may be the perfect pairing to your work.

From our Crystals 101 blog - “Crystals are ancient talismans, reminders to our souls that we all are made of the same building blocks. They also come in a giant array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures for us to experience and behold. They are beautiful and mesmerizing to see, powerful and healing to feel.”

By using crystals consistently, we can connect to our soul and to our energies and those of the world around us. 


How do crystals work?

They work by energetically charging, grounding, rebalancing or energizing our own vibrations. Every single thing in the world has energetic and vibrational patterns. For humans, these patterns can and do change very frequently. For crystals, however, those patterns do not change. The geometric molecular pattern of crystals is a fixed thing. This means that we can learn and predict how their energetic patterns can effect ours at any given moment, and apply it when the time calls for it.


The Benefits of Crystals

In a word: endless. The benefits of crystal healing are widespread and are created through many modalities. The most common benefits of crystal use for individuals are often based on calming, decreasing anxiety, increasing focus, and overall mood lifting. The benefits can also shift from person to person, and what may work for one person may not work for another.

Some of the most frequently mentioned uses for crystals are:

-altars or devotional spaces
-intention setting
-attracting love or partners
-physical healing
-attracting wealth or money
-chakra alignment
-energetic protection

 How to Choose Crystals

Most of the time, people make this too complicated.

Here it is, super simple for you: listen to your gut.

If you walk into a crystal shop and your eyes immediately go to the back of the room, explore that and listen to yourself. You may think you came in here for a new stone to bring in a bump in your paycheck, but a gorgeous self-love vibing crystal may be calling your name.

I said it best during Crystals 101: “When you are shopping, close your eyes for a second and really feel into the vibration you may be getting from a stone or group of stones. Be clear with your intention for the crystal of your choosing, and let it choose you. You will most likely know intuitively if a crystal is right for you. “

If you are really struggling, you can absolutely ask the store clerk about their thoughts or recommendations. Most crystal shop owners are incredibly well versed and passionate about everything crystal, and they will have some great insight for you.

If you don’t have a local crystal shop - do not fear! Thank the Universe that we have amazing online shops and experts that are here to help ;) I offer custom Crystal Concierge services! These are Sessions where you will discuss your intentions and goals for the crystal energy you seek. You will meet with me, Dr. Betty, and then after I will send you a detailed crystal prescription: this may include single crystals, a crystal grid, a gem elixir or meditation, or any combination of these. Crystals will be shipped to you directly. If you are local to Los Angeles, we can arrange pickup for you.

Told you - simple!

Crystal Guide

Now, for the good stuff. Here are 20 of some of the most well-known and searched-for crystals, and how they can help you. Without further ado - my Not So Basic Guide to Crystals

1. Clear Quartz

Perhaps the most well-known crystal out there, Clear Quartz is the all-star of the team. It is a multi-use tool for energetics, able to clear negative vibrations, enhance psychic ability, improves concentration, and aligns chakras.

Color: Clear
Chakra: All, Clear
Intention: My mind is clear and focused.
Physical: Immune system


2. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Love embodied, Rose Quartz is soothing, healing, and energetically magnetic all in one. It is known as the stone of unconditional love. It is perfect for self-love, calm, emotional healing, deep friendships, and compassion.
Shop Rose Quartz here.

Color: Pink, red
Chakra: Heart
Intention: I attract and give love unconditionally.
Physical: Heart and circulatory system


3. Amethyst


This purple powerhouse is one of the most visually appealing, due to its pastel to vivid shades and crystalline forms. The energetic properties of Amethyst include abundance, increased intuition, stress relief, and transmutation of negative energy.
Shop Amethyst here.

Color: Purple, Grey
Chakra: Crown
Intention: I am connected, safe, and capable.
Physical: Immune system, nervous system


4. Citrine


Citrine is the most commonly mentioned crystal when it comes to work around manifestation. Yellow to dark orange in color, Citrine is used to attract wealth and abundance. Other uses for Citrine include bringing energetic alignment, attracting joy, activating creativity, and bringing warmth.
Shop Citrine here.

Color: Yellow, Gold
Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus
Intention: I am confident, grateful, and worthy.
Physical: Digestive system, metabolism, physical energy.


5. Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian

This is protection, upleveled. Black Obsidian is the crystal you need when it comes to both grounding and energetic protection. It cleanses negative patterns, uncovers unconscious thoughts, and clears your aura. Additionally, it can help you with clear thought and getting to the truth of a situation.
Shop Black Obisidian here.

Color: Black
Chakra: Solar Plexus, Root
Intention: I am safe, protected, and able to express myself fully.
Physical: Digestive system, muscle tension, emotional causes of physical symptoms


6. Carnelian


Carnelian wants to be an energetic kick in the ass. It is perfect for when you need a creativity boost or some passion behind a vibrational stagnancy.  Carnelian is known for helping confidence, stirring up the soul, and providing inspiration.
Shop Carnelian here.

Color: Red, Orange
Chakra: Sacral
Intention: I am infinitely creative and passionate.
Physical: Lower back, kidneys, bone health


7. Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline


Along with its friend Obsidian, Black Tourmaline is here to banish negativity from your space and your life. This crystal is known for its energetic purification, cleansing us of spiritual muck and mud. It is also grounding and protective against EMF and psychic attacks.
Shop Black Tourmaline here.

Color: Black 
Chakra: Root
Intention: The universe always assists and supports my highest path.
Physical: Circulation, heavy metal, and pollutant detoxification.


8. Smokey Quartz

Smokey Quartz

A close sibling to Clear Quartz, Smokey Quartz is the more stable one. When Clear Quartz wants to rush its energy through you to cleanse, Smokey Quartz is here to ground you into yourself and stabilize your vibration. It neutralizes negativity and helps level erratic emotions.
Shop Smokey Quartz here. 

Color: Grey, white, brown, black
Chakra: Root
Intention: I am centered and supported.
Physical: Back, nerves, headache, and head pain.


9. Flourite

Lavender Flourite

Cleansing crystal extraordinaire, Flourite works hard to clear out energetic blocks, purify the body, and stabilize any chaotic energy. It is a boost to mental acuteness and clarity and improves mood and general outlook on life. 
Shop Flourite here. 

Color: Multi - common in purple, green, pink, blue. Pure Flourite is colorless.
Chakra: Heart, Throat, Third Eye
Intention: I let go of negativity and move forward with clarity and positive vibes.
Physical: General detoxification, concentration, skin.


9. Pyrite

Also known as Fool’s Gold, Pyrite is one of the most recognizable crystals in the mineral world. It is used widely in manifestation practices and can bring abundance, prosperity, and opportunity. It also can be used in self-love and confidence work, providing a clearing of negative energy and replacing it with positive and hopeful energy. 

Color: Gold, brassy
Chakra: Solar Plexus
Intention: I am confident, optimistic, and powerful.
Physical: Stamina, strength, respiratory system


10. Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is a top-notch integrator. It combines and balances your spiritual and physical needs, to create energetic harmony. It also works with love in all forms, especially self-love. Heals the past and soothes stress due to emotional trauma. Rhodochrosite works with you to break down walls that you have built up and open up emotionally and vibrationally.

Color: Pink, red, white, grey
Chakra: Heart
Intention: I embody compassion for myself and others and believe in everyone's growth.
Physical: Heart, circulatory system, reproductive organs, thyroid


12. Malachite

Malachite is a heart opener. It is both a stone of strength and of gentle acceptance and positivity. It is used in times of transformation and change, to remind us that these processes are normal and necessary for healing. Courage and healing are promoted with Malachite, and it anchors in emotional stability and strength. 

Color: Green, Black
Chakra: Heart, Throat
Intention: I am open to the change and transformation needed to become my best self.
Physical: Blood pressure, menstruation, bones.


13. Turquoise

A long-known staple in ancient jewelry and adornment, Turquoise brings with it vibrations of vitality, luck, and protection. This is a stone of energetic movement, clearing of stagnant and negative energy, and abundance. Use Turquoise when you need clear communication and good outcomes from stressful situations. 

Color: Blue, Green, and Turquoise
Chakra: Throat
Intention: Everything is working out the exact way it should.
Physical: Throat, respiratory system, nose, and lungs.


14. Sodalite

Sodalite is a crystal meant for clear rational thinking and effective communication. It helps you be able to verbalize and communicate your emotional needs and thoughts. It works with truth and creative discipline so that you can materialize the ideas and projects you may be keeping locked away. Enjoy deep intuitive hits and balanced emotions when using Sodalite. 

Color: Blue, white, black
Chakra: Throat, Third Eye
Intention: I am confident and clear in my words and intentions.
Physical: Inflammation, muscles, lymphatic system


15. Jade

Jade is a classic and culturally significant cornerstone in crystal use. It is most often used for balance and harmony, as well as attracting good fortune and luck. It can also be used in higher study, bringing in the energy of well-earned wisdom and knowledge. 

Color: Green
Chakra: Heart
Intention: I welcome luck and good fortune in all areas of my life.
Physical: Kidneys, spleen, bladder


16. Jasper

Polychrome Jasper

Jasper brings with it a strong and ever-enduring sense of willpower. It helps create a great base of self-assuredness in times of stress. It is nourishing and protective in nature, so you can count on it to be a warm, strong base level to return to when you are navigating hard times.
Shop Jasper here. 

Color: Red
Chakra: Root
Intention: I am safe, protected, and able to handle anything that comes my way.
Physical: Circulation, muscle strengths


17. Moss Agate

This calming, lush green crystal is perfect for needing a little break. It inspires tranquility and balance of opposing energies. It works best in creative endeavors and new beginnings - inspiring creativity. It is also commonly used to connect deeply with nature on a spiritual and energetic level.

Color: Green
Chakra: Heart
Intention: I am growing and learning every day.
Physical: Circulatory system, infections, blood sugars


18. Hematite

Hematite is a trasmutation specialist. It dissolves negative energy and protects from any incoming negativity. It is a protection crystal, as well as an intense grounding stone. It strengthens the connections you have with the earth and supports you from within.

Color: Black
Chakra: Root
Intention: I use my energetic roots to absorb all the safety and support I need.
Physical: Blood, kidneys, circulatory system


19. Garnet


Garnet is a beautiful grounding stone with ancient roots. It also helps to garner psychic protection, keeping the body firmly rooted down. It can also re-energize and re-start stagnant vibrations in your body and your immediate surroundings.
Shop Garnet here. 

Color: Dark Red
Chakra: Root, Heart
Intention: I am deeply connected and nurtured to the world.
Physical: Metabolism, heart, sexual organs


20. Orange Calcite

Orange Calcite is also often used for spiritual connection and astral travel. If you are looking to connect with higher powers or consciousness, Orange Calcite can help bridge those connections. It is also great for connection with ancestors and working with memories.

Color: Orange
Chakra: Sacral, Solar Plexus
Intention: I have unlimited positive and creative energy.
Physical: Abdominal area, immune system, skeletal system




Head on over to our shop here to grab some of the basics, or to explore some new and carefully curated specimens. We also have altar tools, crystal grids for amplified crystal energetics, and card decks. Don’t forget to shop local and come into our pop-up shop located at Back Benders in Los Angeles, CA. Not local? If you can, always support your own local metaphysical and crystal shops!