While some say crystals are just pretty rocks, others believe they have metaphysical uses based on their vibration. Since even the vibrations of a tiny chip of quartz can keep time in watches, I’m inclined to believe in their uses! Explore below…
Care and cleansing
Crystals work hard to take care of us, and we need to take care of them in return! Most crystals take on energy from their users and environment, so remember to cleanse new or gifted stones before use, or after you wear them. (All jewelry from Island Britt is already cleansed before sending out to you!)
Methods include smoke cleansing, passing (quickly!) through the a candle flame, leaving the crystal in the sun or moonlight for a few hours (caution: some stones, such as amethyst or rose quartz, will fade in the sun!), rinse or place in water or salt water (unless the stone is soft, like selenite), or leave in a dish of salt overnight (a good option for those soft stones!).
Quartz crystaL 水晶
This harmonizing crystal brings the body back into balance. It amplifies energies, raising them to the highest vibe possible.
Because of its tendency to amplify the energy of whatever is around, it’s a good idea to cleanse quartz regularly. Whether under running water or with a smoke cleanse, remember – intention is key!
Shimmery sunstone inspires joy and light in the wearer, heightening intuition and helping you nurture yourself. As the name implies, it connects us to the radiant, energizing sun energy, and is said to lift the mood even in the darkness of winter or grey days. On a metaphysical level, it lovingly removes hooks and negative attachments, making this an excellent stone to aid in energetic cord-cutting. Sunstone is associated with the Manipura Solar Plexus chakra, and pink sunstone also works with the Anahata Heart Chakra. This is an excellent stone for increasing feelings of self-worth, confidence, and optimism.
BLACK TOURMALINE 黑碧璽
Tourmaline is a grounding, protective stone, bringing balance and alignment into one’s life and ridding the wearer of victim mentality. It helps ground your spiritual energy into the physical, aligning “above and below, within and without.” Its most powerful attribute is dispersing tension, negativity, and stress. Black tourmaline is said to protect against cell phone and electromagnetic radiation; it is recommended that those spending a lot of time around electronics wear this stone. As it does work hard to dispel negativity, it is important to “cleanse” it often.
Amazonite is a beautifully soothing stone, calming the mind and the nervous system alike. Dispelling negative energy and aggravation, Amazonite’s calming energy also helps the wearer to blend outside information with intuition. It heals the heart and throat chakras, so you may speak your truth with love. Thus, we may see multiple sides of a situation more clearly. This gentle blue stone is also said to protect against electromagnetic and cellphone radiation.
Amethyst is a powerful, protective, stabilizing stone, excellent for “beginners” to the crystal world. It transmutes bad vibes into love, supporting you in coming to terms with loss. It is said to bring serenity and focus, calming a scattered and overactive mind. For this reason, it is also used beside the bed as a sleep aid. In folklore, amethyst is also used to curb cravings and support sobriety.
Rose QuartZ 粉水晶
This stone of unconditional love opens the heart at all levels, attracts love, and helps you accept that you ARE lovable. It brings deep inner healing and self-love, self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, self-trust, and self-worth. Rose quartz is calming and reassuring; a great emotional healer, this stone is excellent for use in trauma or crisis (including mid-life crisis!). Rose quartz aids in the acceptance of necessary change, soothing grief, deprivation, and internalized pain. It restores trust and harmony, gently replacing negative energy with loving vibes. Promoting receptivity to all kinds of beauty, rose quartz is an excellent tool to enhance the use of positive affirmations!
Tiger’s EyE 虎眼石
Traditionally carried as a stone of protection, Tiger’s Eye helps you stay stable and centered, even in the midst of chaos.
It is associated with the lower chakras, particularly the Solar Plexus (3rd) chakra: manipura.
This shimmering stone provides grounding, confident energy. It is the choice to bring you down to earth and help you move forward in life, bestowing you with the courage to change.
Red Tiger’s Eye in particular provides motivation, and helps in overcoming lethargy.
BLUE KYANITE 藍晶石
The blade-like shape of kyanite reflects its ability to slice through confusion, clearing through energetic blocks, illusion, frustration, and stress. Blue kyanite is said to strengthen and heal the voice and throat, and is particularly good for the Throat Chakra. Kyanite is a self-cleansing stone, as it does not hold negativity.