A Dozen Crystals for Beginners

Sometimes people just getting started with crystal healing don’t quite know where to start. We hope this list will help narrow down the choices, or at least give you some ideas! The stones listed below are all inexpensive and readily available at Mimosa and other rock shops. We’ve selected one stone corresponding to each of the seven chakras and four elements, plus five other excellent choices for the beginning collector:

Crystal Uses
Red Jasper Root Chakra, grounding. Red Jasper also helps you set boundaries, reduce both internal and external pollution, and control passions. (Alternatives: Red Garnet, Hematite)
Carnelian (orange) Sacral Chakra (creativity, sexuality, personality) & Fire Element. Carnelian helps you overcome negative thought patterns and approach your endeavors with new energy. (Alternatives: Fire Agate, Orange Calcite)
Citrine (yellow) Solar Plexus Chakra (vital energy and power). Crystal Sunshine, bringing positive energy, overcome fears, and boost self-confidence.(Alternatives: Golden Tiger’s Eye, Topaz)
Unakite (green with pink) Heart Chakra (emotions) & Earth Element. Many stones are associated with this chakra, but we like unakite because it combines the chakra’s two colors, pink and green. Unakite can also help balance all the chakras. (Alternatives: Aventurine, Moss Agate)
Aquamarine (blue to blue-green) Throat Chakra (communication) & Water Element. Aquamarine has a very soothing energy, promoting cooperation and peace.  (Alternatives: Blue Lace Agate, Angelite)
Lapis Lazuli (deep blue) Third Eye Chakra (insight and intuition). A powerful dream stone which can help you move into higher levels of consciousness and tune into the Universe. Connects you with angels and spirit guides. (Alternatives: Sodalite, Kyanite)
Amethyst (purple) Crown Chakra (spirituality) & Air Element. Not only does Amethyst connect to higher levels of consciousness, it also has many practical uses: replacing bad habits with good, enhancing mental health, improving sleep and memory, as well as all types of healing. (Alternatives: Clear Quartz, Apophyllite)
Quartz Points (clear) Clear quartz is great for directing and focusing energy. Depending on how you plan to use your crystals, you could start with either a single quartz wand or a handful of small quartz points. Quartz can be used with all the chakras.
Black Tourmaline This is our favorite stone for banishing negativity, grounding, and protection.
Rose Quartz (pink) Rose quartz is an excellent “relationship” stone, promoting love in all its forms: romance, friendship, family, and even self-love.
Golden Tiger’s Eye Whatever your gender, it’s good to have one stone to help you access the type of energy usually defined as “masculine.” Tiger’s eye is great for assertiveness, self-confidence, worldly success, and strength.
White Moonstone The same principle applies to “feminine” energy. Moonstone can help connect with your inner goddess, promoting emotional balance, empathy, moon and water energies, and nurturing protection. As a bonus, moonstone is also associated with safe travels.

We hope this helps narrow down the choices a bit, so you don’t feel you have to take everything home at once!

When choosing crystals, you should of course also pay attention to your own intuition. If you feel a certain crystal just “jumps off the shelf” or feels warm in your hand, that’s a good indication the two of you belong together. Some other stones we’ve found resonate with a lot of our customers include: Jade, Smoky Quartz, Selenite, Hematite, Rainbow Fluorite, Green Aventurine, Sunstone and Labradorite.