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Uses And Properties Of Crystals

Updated on April 5, 2013
Rose Quartz Crystals
Rose Quartz Crystals

The uses and properties of crystals and gemstones are as varied and numerous as the number of crystals and gemstones in existence. Crystals have been highly valued throughout time. These beautiful stones that come from the earth are adored by adults and children alike. Actually children are often very taken with crystals. Generally they are quite affordable and children can buy a handful of coloured beauties to examine, hold and keep in favourite places. Many different cultures and civilizations have revered these crystals setting them into jewellery such as amulets, talismans and crowns.

Crystal and gem stones work through resonance and vibration. They intensify the human aura helping clarity thoughts, channel energy and heal.

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz has a soft and gentle rose pink colour. It also has a soft and gentle energy. This crystal heals emotions and soothes feelings. If you have been through any kind of emotional hurt or loss it is a good idea to carry a piece of rose quartz with you. Keeping a big piece in the bedroom will enhance physical relationships. Placing rose quartz in the kids bedroom will help create a peaceful and calming atmosphere to assist sleep. If you use this crystal in meditation it will help you develop forgiveness, compassion and love. This crystal will also help anyone with an anger problem so long as they are open to it.

Clear Quartz

This crystal is clear and hence means it helps to bring your clarity. It will help stimulate your psychic abilities. It can also be used to guard against the static energy of computers. If you use your clear quartz to clear static energy, be sure to cleanse it regularly so it keeps working for you.


This clear purple crystal enhances psychic development and in particular the opening of the third eye. It is an excellent protector as it transmutes negative energies into more positive ones.

Tigers Eye (brown/red/yellow striped, translucent)

A good confidence booster and can usefully be slipped into your pocket for interviews, tests and other stressful occasions. Tigers eye helps the male and female balance and through that can offer new insights. This can stimulate abundance.

Blue Apatite

Blue Apatite is an inspirational stone that can help with manifestation. It assists with public speaking, helps to integrate and co-ordinate, awakens the inner self and opens the throat chakra. You can carry this stone with you to suppress appetite.


Citrine is a stone that radiates hope and friendship. It will lift your spirits. A good stone to carry whether a child or adult who needs help making friends.

Lapis Lazuli - (deep blue with flecks of gold/brown)

This crystal is great for psychic development as it enhances mediumship and clairvoyant abilities. Hold Lapis Luzuli in your left hand and allow yourself to receive information. It is also useful to balance your energies. Hold it as you meditate and ask that it balances your energies.

Malachite (pale to dark green)

Malachite is a powerful healer both of emotional and physical issues. It has a strong connection to the heart. Malachite helps us to heal ourselves and promotes inner peace.


Unakite is the vision stone. It promotes visualization and rebirthing. Its healing properties include convalescence, skin and hair. Unakite dispels blockages and electromagnetic pollution.

Black Tourmaline

This stone has a wonderful pleasant energy. It is the most powerful stone for protection against negativity and hence is recommended for healers as a protection. It can also help people who are uncomfortable in crowded places.


Commonly known as the 'Travellers Stone', moonstone brings calmness and awareness which stimulates confidence. It is a stone for hopeing and wishing and is very protective.


This mineral never needs clearing as it will not retain negative energy. It promotes clarity and understanding in dream work. It also enhances creativity.

Hematite (silver/grey)

Hermatite is great for grounding your energies in the physical world, so is useful after meditation to bring your awareness fully back to your physical body. Hermatite has a positive effect on your blood and strengthens your physical and etheric bodies improving your immune system, your courage and your willpower.

How to Cleanse Crystals

It is a good idea to cleanse your crystals from time to time to remove any build up of energies. There are a number of ways to do this. The easiest ones are to put under running water and intend that any unwanted energies be washed away to the earth and transmuted into more positive ones or leave in direct sunlight for a few hours. Another option is to wash them in sea salt water - 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 1 litre of water. After washing leave them outside on the earth and allow all the elements to cleanse them. The method I often use to cleanse crystals is to put them outside on the night of a full moon. I place them on the earth in my front garden and am always pleased when I go to retrieve them that they are still there.


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    • tebo profile image

      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks rajan jolly. I didn't know about the milk. Thanks for sharing your Indian knowledge.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting. I clean my gemstones, set in the ring ofcourse, by washing it under running water and according to Indian astrology it has to be kept overnight dipped in milk and put the next morning.

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      tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi sarahshuihan. Thanks for reading and your nice comments. I'm glad you learnt something.

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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      What a great introduction. I never knew you are supposed to clean the crystals. Now I know!

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks eye say for reading. Glad you found it useful.

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      eye say 6 years ago from Canada

      interesting hub, I'm going to bookmark it so I can reference it, thanks for the info. voted up!

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      Tebo 6 years ago

      Lovely comment NONOY. I like that theory. Thanks for reading.

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      NONOY FROM PHILIPPINES 6 years ago


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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals. Crystals are lovely I agree. I might just put one in my pocket now too. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love crystals - rose quartz is my favorite. Wonderful write-up about the properties. I think I will have to try the amethyst it sounds rather interesting.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for reading carriethomson. Lapis lazuli is rather lovely. The only crystal jewellery I have is a moonstone necklace, otherwise I just have crystals, but lapis lazuli would be a rather striking piece of jewellery. Might keep a look out for some.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi tebo!! have never thought about balancing energies and all, but i love lapis lazuli a lot, its the trendiest gem and very popular for jwellery, one big chunky piece of lapis lauli and thats it.. you dont need any other jwellery.. lapis lazuli and silver combination looks just awesome and stylish.. keep writing such intesting hubs..thanx

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks For the interesting comment. I shall try the amethyst in my pillow case as those are the sorts of dreams I like. I must experiment as you have too with one in my pocket and see what happens. Glad you stopped by.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      I'm also a crystal and gemstone lover! I keep an amethyst in my pillow case, and I usually put another stone into my pocket everyday. Yesterday it was an unpolished (inexpensive) emerald. Emeralds for whatever reason tend to give me energy and keep me focused on my work. My experience with amethysts is that it gives me very lucid and spiritual dreams, and keeps the negative thoughts/energies out of my dreams. The other crystal that I've had experiences with lately is the peridot. I'm not a big fan of the peridot, though. It sort of put me to sleep! Voted up and beautiful, Tebo!

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nathan - Thanks for that bit of information that I didn't know. Interesting. I must say I haven't use sunlight as i tend to go for the moonlight, but that is very interesting. We all learn from each other. Thanks

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      Nathan 6 years ago

      With all due respect, placing crystals in direct sunlight for cleansing is a false New Age belief. Actually, sunlight destroys both physical and etherical crystal structure, it doesn't cleanse it. Thus, placing crystals in sunlight is a bit irresponsible :).

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Movie Master. Yes moonstone is lovely. I really like putting them out on a full moon. It feels mysterious and kind of secretive too. I sneak out hoping no one sees me.

      Hi katyzzz. Yes I agree they are beautiful and it is great that they are affordable making them available to everyone who wishes to enjoy them.

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Crystals are so beautiful and meaningful tebo, they add so simply to the pleasures of life and everyone can enjoy them.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tebo, I love crystals especially moonstone, I have never heard of leaving them outside on a full moon, brilliant thank you.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks ChristinS. Yes they are lovely. I must have a look at obsidian next time I'm at the crystal shop. Thanks for your positive comment.

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      Christin Sander 6 years ago from Midwest

      great hub - I have always loved stones and many of my favorites are ones your shared here - Lapis, Amethyst and Moonstone to be specific. I also love Obsidian :) great hub keep it up.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Nell Rose. I must get some more. They are lovely aren't they. Your night lamp sounds really nice. Thanks for reading.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love crystals, I have a great collection of them, I even have a night lamp made of pink quartz! this is great, cheers nell

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Actually funny that you mention that one because although I forgot to include that one in my hub it is the one that I always do. I love it too the full moon thing and if I miss a full moon I feel I've missed something special. I think I will add it to my hub, so thanks.

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      Riviera Rose 6 years ago from South of France

      Love crystals, have quite a collection myself. I read somewhere that another way of cleaning them is to leave them outside during a full moon, which I've done, feeling somewhat witch-like...!!