Anyone else need all the good vibes they can get? Or maybe you just want to trade in your go-to charm necklace for something a little...~vibier~? Fans of crystals say these sparkly rocks vibrate on frequencies that can connect with our own, promoting intelligence, calmness, self-love, and all sorts of other positive qualities. They work like this: The crystal’s energy combines with our own vibes, creating a whole new wavelength that has specific qualities. And hey, if you’re not sure about all that, even crystal skeptics have to agree that they’re pretty, right?
Different crystals have different properties, and learning about a crystal's properties can help you choose which one you should work with. Like, rose quartz is associated with self-love, love-love, and healing, so it's a great choice to carry with you when you're healing from a breakup and want a confidence boost. On the other hand, amethyst is associated with clarity, understanding, and wisdom, so it's a good crystal to place on your desk for a brain boost at work.
There tons of way you can use a crystal: You can wear one on a piece of jewelry, place one on your bedside table, set them throughout your home, meditate with them, set them on your altar, and even carry one with you in your bra. Of course, you can also use them as decor, because even skeptics have to admit these lil guys are gorgeous.
A note on crystal shopping: There aren't any international regulations on crystal mining, and some crystals on the market have been mined by forced or child labor, or severely impact the environment they're mined from. When you're crystal shopping, avoid crystals that seem suspiciously cheap, and seek out shops that share info on their sourcing practices. If in doubt, you can always ask the retailer where their crystals come from. If they don't know, that's a bad sign. (For more on ethical crystal shopping, read this piece.)
If you can’t stroll on down to your local witch shop these days (what, you don’t have one of those?), you can find plenty of crystals online. Here are some of them:
Etsy seller The Spirit Nectar offers sustainable, fair trade crystals and donates $1 from every sale.
The Black women-owned, Virginia-based brand Peach and Pixie offers a wide variety of crystals, crystal jewelry, crystal tools, and smoke cleansing materials, too.
Along with a variety of crystals in different shapes and sizes, Happy Soul Online offers rare gems—like a $10,000, gigantic amethyst.
Hawaii-based retailer Moonrise Crystal lets you search for crystals by color, plus offers info on which zodiac signs should work with each crystal. (Labradorite is great for Leo, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.)
Whether you're looking for crystal jewelry, crystal sets, crystal bath soaks, or just plain ol' crystals, Energy Muse has it.
Founded by herbalist Ally Sands, Aquarian Soul offers not only crystals but also herbalist products like bath soaks, face steams, and massage oils.
L.A.-based shop House of Intuition offers crystals selected for a variety of purposes, including this Mercury Retrograde kit (I need it).
This Black-owned, Virginia-based metaphysical shop takes its name from the Akan tribe in Ghana—"Sankofa" means “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Along with a variety of crystals, Sankofa Living also carries incense, aromatherapy sprays, and tools for smoke cleansing.
Diné-owned brand Kotah Bear features jewelry and accessories handcrafted by Native American artisans, featuring crystals like opal, turquoise, onyx, and coral.
Bay Area-based, Black-owned crystal shop Seven Gems offers ethically-sourced crystals at a variety of budgets, including a featured section of those under $25.
Hello, yes, I do need a skull-shaped crystal. Along with crystals in every shape you can imagine Modern Mystic Shop also carries tarot decks, self-care products, and ritual tools like candles.
Black and queer-owned crystal shop Wild Moon is based in L.A. and offers crystals in so many different colors, sizes, and shapes.
Arizona-based brand Created by Navajo Hands carries jewelry featuring crystals like turquoise, tiger's eye, coral, and hematite.
Houston-based, Black-owned brand Lalu's Roots N Conjure features a variety of spiritual items, from crystals to ritual candles, Hoodoo oils, bath soaks, and smoke cleansing materials.
For creatively-designed jewelry featuring crystals and gemstones, check out UK-based Bonearrow.
Toronto-based brand Nharo works directly with African artisans and miners. Each crystal listing contains details on where it was sourced and what makes it unique—this smoky quartz crystal point comes from Malosa, Malawi.
NYC-based brand Ren is dedicated is to keeping East Asian traditions alive through jewelry. Their delicate designs heavily features Burmese jadeite as well as opals and pearls.
UK-based retailer Harley's Crystals offers crystals in a variety of shapes and sizes, from this peach moonstone tower to a carnelian heart.
Black-owned brand Yaa Yaa London offers statement jewelry featuring a variety of semi-precious gemstones and crystals, including moonstone, pearl, onyx, amazonite, and agate.
South Carolina-based brand Rock Your Chakra carries crystals they've mined themselves from mines in Southern California—as well as crystals sourced from other miners.