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Learn About Crystals

What is a crystal?

Crystals are special on Earth. They’re formed in very specific growing conditions, combining heat, pressure, and the right minerals and atmospheric conditions. They grow all over the earth and are found in abundance, making up 28% of the Earth’s crust.

Crystals are defined by their internal molecular structure, not their outward appearance which can vary greatly. Crystals serve us in our day to day lives, working for humans within ultrasound devices, watches, microphones, radio transmitters and receivers, memory chips in computers and other electronic circuitry.



What do Crystals Do?

Humans have been drawn to crystals since the beginning of recorded history. In the Bible, crystals are mentioned 266 times. Egyptians, ancient Romans and other cultures revered crystals for their beauty as well as power.

While a crystal appears to be a solid mass and inanimate, it is really teeming with activity and natural energy. Crystals are alive and contain consciousness, very much like a houseplant or animal, and are also in communication with 100% of the universe.

Crystals are excellent mood lifters, meditation assistants, protectors and guides. At a minimum, a crystal brings bright energy into the environment it’s in. At its highest use, it will bring information, abundance, protection and more.



Crystal Types

This is not a comprehensive list of crystals but does contain information on every type of crystal that has been available on Sparkle Shelf.

The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly. 1 on the scale is talc (scratchable with a fingernail) and 10 is a diamond (unscratchable).

  • Types

  • Aqua Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Speaking Truth, Psychic Connection. Aqua Aura Quartz helps you speak your truth clearly, making it a helpful crystal for public speaking and all interpersonal communications. It enhances psychic abilities and awareness. It’s also known to draw in prosperity and wealth.

    Other Info - Aqua Aura Quartz is clear quartz that has been heat treated with purified gold vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The gold bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal.

  • Calcite

    Mohs - 3 out of 10

    Best Uses - Reducing Stress. All colors of calcite are excellent at reducing fear and stress. It is a purifying stone and works on a physical and etheric level to clear negative energy. It helps people maintain balance in their lives and easily work through conflict.

    Other info - Ideally, do not clean in a water solution due to the softer nature of Calcite. See the care page for more ways to clean your crystal.

  • Carnelian

    Mohs - 6 to 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Courage. The Carnelian is a stone of courage and is an agate class of chalcedony. All agates have protection abilities and the carnelian takes this protective ability and gives whoever carries it courage. It’s known as the “actors stone” and is good for performers.

  • Celestial Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Spiritual development. Celestial Aura helps you find your inner truth and spiritual path. It helps you understand how to teach others and is excellent at dispelling negative energy.

    Other Info - Celestial Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified gold and indium vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The gold and indium bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal. Celestial Aura is also known as Tanzan Aura.

  • Citrine

    Citrine Sparkle Shelf

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Attract abundance. Citrine doesn’t need any cleansing or charging so it is an abundant energy crystal. Placing citrine in the ‘money corner’ of your home (far left corner of your home as you walk in the front door, or the far right corner of any room as you walk into it.) will attract abundance, luck and good fortune. Store owners can keep one in their cash register. Citrine also breaks up and dispels negative energy, brightening the vibe of a room.

  • Clear Quartz

    Clear Quartz Sparkle Shelf

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Healing and Energy. Clear Quartz is an excellent energy receiver and projector and when used with an open heart, you will find information that will help heal your wounds, physical or emotional.

  • Jade

    Mohs - 6 out of 10

    Best Uses - Successful love. Jade is an ancient stone known for both attracting love as well as money. It has protective abilities and is great to carry in a pocket to protect and bring in love and money. Jade is also known as Nephrite.

  • Moonstone

    Mohs - 6 to 6.5 out of 10

    Best Uses - Reflection. The Moonstone, like our moon, reflects light. This stone will reflect what is within you. It doesn’t amplify or detract from your energy, it simply reflects back to you what “is”. It can be used for protection while traveling and is a stone associated with love.

  • Opal Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - High spiritual energy. Opal Aura, also known as Angel Aura, connects your mind consciously to higher spiritual realms, enabling you to access messages from guides and angels. Its protective and brings peace and tranquility.

    Other Info - Opal Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified platinum and silver vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The platinum and silver bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal. Opal Aura is also known as Angel Aura or Rainbow Aura.

  • Rainbow Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Healing. Rainbow Aura is said to heal the human energy field and patch any holes with the appropriate energy. It brings energy, excitement and joy into your life.

    Other Info - Rainbow Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified titanium vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The titanium bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal. Rainbow Aura is also known as Titanium Aura.

  • Rainbow Fluorite

    Rainbow Fluorite Sparkle Shelf

    Mohs - 4 out of 10

    Best Uses - Harmony. Rainbow Fluorite will absorb negative energy and help bring calm to chaos. It helps unite mind, body and spirit. It must be cleansed regularly to dissipate the negative energy it absorbs. Ideally, do not clean in a water solution. See the care page for more ways to clean your crystal)

  • Rose Aura Quartz

    Best Uses - Self love. Rose Aura connects you with unconditional love and brings this love into your body, stimulating healing and drawing in additional energy. It helps you let go of self-limiting beliefs and self doubt.

    Other Info - Rose Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified platinum and gold vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The platinum and gold bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal.

  • Rose Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Unconditional Love. Rose Quartz has a gentle energy that projects a warm, accepting love. It inspires a love of beauty and creativity. It is a good crystal for those who want to learn self acceptance and find personal fulfilment and contentment. It helps create a positive cycle of giving and receiving love.

  • Royal Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Antidepressant. Royal Aura calms the mind and spirit and can remove stress and tension. It’s an excellent crystal for public speakers or those in a communications role.

    Other Info - Royal Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified titanium vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The titanium bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal.

  • Rutilated Quartz

    Rutilated Quartz Sparkle Shelf

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Movement and Change. Rutilated Quartz helps move stagnant energy and encourages positive change in thoughts and actions.

  • Spirit Quartz

    Spirit Quartz Sparkle Shelf

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Harmonizer. Spirit Quartz’s formation has a core crystal covered with smaller crystals. The outer crystals take the inner crystal’s energy and amplify it outwards, working in a coordinated effort. It’s an excellent crystal for bonding in home environments and in any collective situation.

  • Tangerine Aura Quartz

    Mohs - 7 out of 10

    Best Uses - Release. Tangerine Aura helps you release toxins from your physical body and emotional blockages from your energetic body. Through this release, you open up to receive additional energy and joy.

    Other Info - Tangerine Aura is quartz crystal that has been treated with purified iron vapor at 1500F, within a chamber equal to two Earth atmospheres. The iron bonds with the crystal lattice, permanently altering the energy and color of the crystal.

  • Shapes

  • Isis

    Isis Sparkle Shelf

    How to Identify

    An Isis crystal is identified by five edges surrounding the largest sloping face.

    Properties

    Isis crystals help balance feminine energy. In men, it helps them get in touch with their feminine energy to balance the masculine. In women, it helps them claim their feminine power and energy.

    An Isis crystal can be carried or held when working through difficult emotional issues to help balance the emotions. It carries a very nurturing energy.

  • Windows

    Windows Sparkle Shelf

    How to Identify

    Crystals with windows have a four sided diamond-like shape where the base of two of the faces meet.

    Properties

    Window crystals are great for introspection. They project an energy that encourages introspection and helps you look at things within yourself you need to address. It will also help you determine how to resolve any areas that need resolution.

    These crystals are very personal crystals. You will likely feel a strong connection with one when it comes into your hands.

  • Channeling

    Channeling Sparkle Shelf

    How to Identify

    Channeling crystals have 7 sides around the largest face.

    Properties

    Channeling crystals help you find information from deep within yourself or from sources outside you, but available to you through your connection with the universe and your higher self. When using one of these, you must learn how to listen to the responses of the crystal. It may come in the way of a feeling, a message through someone in your life, or other images impressed upon your mind.

  • Trigger

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    How to Identify

    Trigger crystals have a smaller crystal growing out of the larger base. Triggers, the smaller crystal, can be gently squeezed to activate the power of the crystal and can be used for a surge of energy through the crystal.

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