Types of Crystals

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Crystals are defined as solid minerals, in which component ions, atoms, and molecules are arranged in a regular structure. It is this orderly arrangement of the constituent particles that gives all types of crystals a straight edge and flat surface. Examples of common crystals include salt, sugar, snowflakes, gemstones, rubies and diamonds. Each of the crystal types possess a specific shape and different properties, based on which they are classified.

There are seven crystal systems or groups, each of which have a distinct atomic lattice. The atomic lattice is a three-dimensional network of atoms that are arranged in a symmetrical pattern. The shape of the lattice determines not only which crystal system the stone belongs to, but all of its physical properties and appearance. In some crystal healing practices, the axial symmetry of a crystal is believed to directly influence its metaphysical properties.

Cubic System

Also known as the isometric system, all three axes are of equal length and intersect at right angles. Based on a square inner structure.

Andradite

Attributes: Higher thinking, self-empowerment

Appearance: Granular to massive

Diamond

Attributes: Purity, abundance, prosperity

Appearance: Rounded octahedral

Fluorite

Attributes: Brings order to chaos, cleanses and stabilizes aura

Appearance: Nodular

Galena (Earth Stone)

Attributes: Strength, courage and ability to face difficult times

Appearance: Tabular

Garnet

Attributes: Energizing and regeneration of body

Appearance: Trapezoidal crystals

Gold

Attributes: Combats depression, instills confidence

Appearance: Rounded grains

Lazurite

Attributes: Strengthens intuitive abilities and psychic development

Appearance: Dodecahedral crystals

Magnetite (Lodestone)

Attributes: Used as a grounding stone, instills stability and balance

Appearance: Octahedral crystals

Pyrite (Fools Gold)

Attributes: Self-realization, clarification, protection

Appearance: Pentagonal

Sphalerite

Attributes: Psychic and spiritual development

Appearance: Massive crystals

Sodalite

Attributes: Brings order and calmness to the mind

Appearance: Massive

Tsavorite

Attributes: Comfort, strengthens the heart

Appearance: Crystalline masses

Uvarovite

Attributes: Associated with prosperity and wealth, promotes individuality

Appearance: Drusy dodecahedral crystals

Tetragonal System

Two axes are of equal length and are in the same plane, the main axis is either longer or shorter, and all three intersect at right angles. It is based on a rectangular inner structure.

Anatase (Octahedrite)

Attributes: Humanity, compassion

Appearance: Bi-pyramidal crystals

Apophyllite

Attributes: Regulates bodily functions

Appearance: Di-pyramidal crystals

Cassiterite (Tin)

Attributes: Higher love and true compassion

Appearance: massive or granular

Chalcopyrite

Attributes: connection to higher realms

Appearance: Tetrahedron

Scapolite

Attributes: Facilitates change and achievement of goals

Appearance: Massive crystalline

Scheelite

Attributes: encourages spiritual and psychic openness

Appearance: Granular or massive

Wiluite

Attributes: Balances and cleanser, self reflection

Appearance: Euhedral crystals

Xenotime

Attributes: Facilitates psychic development

Appearance: Equant pyramidalTugtupite

Attributes: Encourages compassion and unconditional love

Appearance: Fine crystalline

Zircon

Attributes: Helps alleviate pain, facilitates detachment

Appearance: Tabular

Hexagonal System

Three out of the four axes are in one plane, of the same length, and intersect each other at angles of 60 degrees. The fourth axis is of a different length and intersects the others at right angles. Based on a hexagonal (6-sided) inner structure.

Apatite

Attributes: motivation, energetic

Appearance: Short hexagonal prismatic crystals

Aquamarine (Blue Beryl)

Attributes: boost memory, clarity

Appearance: hexagonal prismatic crystals

Benitoite

Attributes: psychic development

Appearance: tabular crystals

Beryl

Attributes: insight, self attunement

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Cancrinite

Attributes: facilitates meditation and regeneration

Appearance: crystalline masses

Carborundum (Silicon Carbide)

Attributes: calming and gently grounding

Appearance: Pseudo crystals

Emerald

Attributes: communication and friendship

Appearance: massive

Morganite

Attributes: Alleviates stress and anxiety

Appearance: crystalline masses

Pyromorphite

Attributes: Promotes vigor, vitality and personal strength

Appearance: prismatic to acicular crystals

Vanadinite

Attributes: reduces inflammation and engenders peace

Appearance: flattened hexagonal crystals

Zincite

Attributes: mood-lifter, bestows inner strength

Appearance: elongated crystals

Dioptase

Attributes: awaken love and compassion

Appearance: rhombohedral crystal

Trigonal System

(Rhombohedral System) – Axes and angles in this system are similar to the Hexagonal System, and the two systems are often combined as Hexagonal. In the cross-section of a Hexagonal crystal, there will be six sides. In the cross-section of a Trigonal crystal, there will be three sides. Based on a triangular inner structure.

Agate

Attributes: Calming, cleansing and protective

Appearance: Variegated chalcedony

Amethyst

Attributes: Master healer, soothing, calm

Appearance: Druzy clusters

Blue Calcite

Attributes: celestial communication stones

Appearance: massive

Brucite

Attributes: neutrality, clarity and balance

Appearance: tabular

Calcite

Attributes: Stability and trust-granular,

Appearance: rhombohedral

Chalcedony

Attributes: love stone, nurturing good will

Appearance: fibrous crypto crystalline

Citrine Crystal

Attributes: stone of joy, attract abundance

Appearance: drusy crystalline

Cinnabar (Dragon’s Blood)

Attributes: Assertiveness, vitality and power

Appearance: massive or granular

Dolomite

Attributes: self realization, accimilation

Appearance: tabular crystals

Hematite (Kidney Ore)

Attributes: Aids inner reflection and perspective

Appearance: ocherous masses

Herkimer Diamond

Attributes: Attunement stone

Appearance: doubly terminated prismatic

Magnesite

Attributes: boost self-esteem

Appearance: rhombohedral crystalline look

Phenakite

Attributes: cleanses and purifies the body

Appearance: crystalline aggregates

Prasiolite (Green Quartz)

Attributes: promotes intellectual development

Appearance: crystalline masses

Quartz

Attributes: transmit, cleanse, and magnify energy

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Rose Quartz (Love Stone)

Attributes: self acceptance, attracts love

Appearance: massive crystalline

Ruby (Red Corundum)

Attributes: Brings joy, vigor, and love

Appearance: elongated hexagonal crystals

Smoky Quartz

Attributes: grounding and protective

Appearance: prismatic and crystalline look

Tourmaline

Attributes: healing crystals, strengthen the heart, and protect from nightmares

Appearance: acicular prismatic

Orthorhombic System

(Rhombic System) Three axes, all of different lengths, are at right angles to each other. Based on a rhombic (diamond-shaped) inner structure.

Alexandrite (Chrysoberyl)

Attributes: Independence, achievement of goals

Appearance: rough tabular crystals

Andalusite (Chiastolite)

Attributes: ward off the evil eye and negativity

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Aragonite

Attributes: grounding, strengthens the base connection-prismatic

Bornite (Peacock Ore)

Attributes: Advance in spiritual realms

Appearance: granular to massive

Baryte

Attributes: Dream recall, inner vision

Appearance: tabular, fibrous

Celestite

Attributes: attune to higher realms

Appearance: tabular

Cerussite

Attributes: healing and grounding stone

Appearance: varied morphology

Chrysocolla

Attributes: detoxifying, balancing and calming

Appearance: bubbly crystals

Danburite

Attributes: string healer, detoxifier

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Enstatite (Bronzite)

Attributes: lively, friendly, mood-lifting

Appearance: crystalline masses

Hemimorphite (Calamine)

Attributes: balances male-female energy

Appearance: thin tabular crystals

Iolite

Attributes: detoxification, letting go of addictions

Appearance: Pseudo crystals

Lollingite

Attributes: gently grounding, calm,self-belief

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Olivine (Peridot)

Attributes: bestow wisdom and friendship

Appearance: massive to granular

Ramzaite (Lorenzenite)

Attributes: stabilizes emotional and physical imbalance

Appearance: bladed prismatic

Shattuckite

Attributes: inner strength, courage, remember information

Appearance: botryoidal and spherical

Stibnite (Antimony Glance)

Attributes: inner stillness and centering

Appearance: prismatic crystals with vertical striations

Sulfur

Attributes: cleanse and eliminate negativity blocky

Appearance: dipyramidal crystalline look

Tanzanite (Zoisite)

Attributes: communication, anti depressant

Appearance: massive crystalline aggregates

Topaz

Attributes: bestows happiness, love and abundance

Appearance: distinct prismatic crystals

Variscite

Attributes: calming, increases perception

Appearance: encrusted masses

Wavellite

Attributes: calms and gently balanced feeling

Appearance: radiating fibrous crystals

Monoclinic System

There are three axes, each of different lengths. Two are at right angles to each other and the third is inclined. Based on a parallelogram inner structure.

Aegirine (Sword Stone)

Attributes: gathers and consolidates scattered energy

Appearance: elongated blade

Azurite (Stone of Heaven)

Attributes: intellectual logic with love, calms and relieves stress

Appearance: tabular prismatic

Brazilianite

Attributes: opens us to universal love

Appearance: Prismatic, spherical drusses

Charoite

Attributes: transformation, overcome fears

Appearance: fibrous massive

Crocoite

Attributes: vitality, passion and zest

Appearance: coarsely crystalline

Clinoclase

Attributes: balances and calms

Appearance: drusy crystalline

Desert Rose

Attributes: self improvement

Appearance: spherical and disk shaped crystals

Epidote (Pistacite)

Attributes: warmth, light, and expansion

Appearance: very prismatic crystalline look

Fuchsite

Attributes: accept human flaws, love and compassion

Appearance: massive

Glendonite

Attributes: tranformation. Transmutation

Appearance: pyramidal

Hyalophane

Attributes: clairvoance

Appearance: massive crystals

Heulandite

Attributes: reorganizes, stimulates

Appearance: one/grouped crystals

Hiddenite (Green Spodumene)

Attributes: cheering and uplifting

Appearance: elongated striated crystals

Hureaulite

Attributes: inner expansion, stimulates

Appearance: short and prismatic crystal

Malachite

Attributes: healer and very good balancer

Appearance: massive crusts

Moonstone (Rainbow)

Attributes: develops psychic potential, introspection

Appearance: massive crystals

Nephrite

Attributes: longevity and strength, protection against failure

Appearance: massive

Petalite (Castorite)

Attributes: promotes psychic and spiritual development

Appearance: massive crystals

Rhodolite

Attributes: detoxifying, mood lifting, calming

Appearance: tabular

Selenite (Satin Spar)

Attributes: calming, understanding and concentration

Appearance: granular masses

Staurolite (Fairy Cross)

Attributes: stress reliever and mood-lifter

Appearance: twinned crystals

Tremolite

Attributes: Alleviates sadness and depression

Appearance: prismatic bladed

Diopside

Attributes: protecting, mediative state

Appearance: crystalline masses

Titanite (Sphene)

Attributes: calming, balancing

Appearance: flattened wedge shaped crystals

Vivianite

Attributes: stimulates healing process

Appearance: flattened prismatic crystals

Triclinic System

All three axes are of different lengths and inclined towards each other. Based on a ‘triclinic’ inner structure, meaning ‘three inclined angles’.

Ajoite

Attributes: forgiveness and compassion

Appearance: phantom quartz

Albite

Attributes: clarity in thought, emotional stabilizer

Appearance: tabular

Amazonite

Attributes: Hope stone-Anti-depressant, calming

Appearance: prismatic crystals

Amblygonite

Attributes: Divinity, very balanced emotions

Appearance: crude crystals

Axinite

Attributes: heals bone tissue, anti-negativity

Appearance: flattened axe-head

Kyanite

Attributes: spiritual and healing, alignment stone

Appearance: elongated blade crystals

Labradorite (Spectrolite)

Attributes: Revelation of psychic abilities

Appearance: crystalline aggregates

Okenite

Attributes: Self forgiveness, eases karmic guilt

Appearance: thin straight crystals

Oligoclase

Attributes: inner strength and solidity

Appearance: massive crystalline aggregates

Rhodonite (Rescue Stone)

Attributes: understanding, strengthens friendship

Appearance: tabular

Sunstone

Attributes: mood lifting, anti depressant, self worth

Appearance: massive crystalline

Turquoise

Attributes: protection, strength and good health

Appearance: reniform crystals

Larimar (Atlantis Stone)

Attributes: dissolves fear, promotes inner peace

Appearance: crystalline masses

Amorphous

No crystal structure. Most of these are either cooled too quickly to crystallize – such as obsidian or moldavite, or are organic – such as amber.

Amber(Liquid Sunshine)

Attributes: Good-luck and happiness

Moldavite

Attributes: protects the heart

Opal

Attributes: energizes, balances, and lifts the spirits-crystalline masses

Obsidian

Attributes: brings clarity, increases self-control, protective stone

Crystal healing is a phenomenon wherein the properties of crystals and stones are used to manipulate our thoughts and emotions, so as to help manage anger, stress, depression, disease symptoms, and other negative energies in the body. With the increased popularity of crystal healing, rigorous studies have been done on crystals and their meanings.

Crystal Energy

Crystal energy can be used to increase the energies that help healing the body and mind. Unbalances in the body’s energy field can be caused by the mind focusing on negative aspects. Crystal energy helps change negative energies and replaces them with positive energies.

Crystal energy affects your body by balancing your body’s energy. I will not be touching here on the use of crystals healing by means of a healer; however, I will focus on the use of crystal energy and the theory behind healing crystals and gemstones.

The theory behind crystal energy is to do with the Quantum theory. The Quantum theory considers the Universe and all things that make it, as existing in an empty space with forms of energy moving within each space. Of course this includes our physical body which is a space with energy flowing infinitely through its own space. Your body’s energy is used when you breath and when you show emotions and thoughts.

The healing processes of crystals and gemstones are considered a special flow of energy that change the way the destructive energy flows. This special flow of energy can be helped by the use of healing crystals and gemstones to improve and speed up the healing processes. Crystals and gemstones can be used as a tool to give the healing flow of energy an important boost in adding power to achieve cures.

Crystal energy and crystals are a tool that can enhance not just your health, but anything you undertake. Although crystals and gemstones occupy a different space than our body and mind, within the Universe there occur an interaction between your body and mind and the energy forms. This interaction is executed through shared properties resulting from the energy flow.

For example, the electromagnetic properties of a Quartz crystal share the same type of electromagnetic properties of the body, thus somehow the crystal’s electromagnetic energy flows can positively interact with the same electromagnetic energy flow of the human body.

The quantum theory helps to explain the effect of crystals in our psychological and biological life. Even disregarding the Quantum theory, the use of healing crystals and gemstones has been a beneficial practice used by people throughout centuries. This practice is very beneficial for the healing processes.

Crystals and their colors correspond to chakra points in your body. These have been found to have cleansing and energizing properties that interact with the body causing them to work on problem areas. Appling the energy of the crystals and gemstones to the body enhances the cleansing and energizing effect to the body.

Below is a list of the chakras and most popular crystals used in healing.

Root Chakra: Jasper (bloodstone), garnet, onyx and rubies.

Second Chakra: Hematite and moonstone.

Third Chakra: Citrine, amber and topaz.

Fourth Chakra: Rose quartz and Chinese Fluorite.

Fifth Chakra: Aquamarine and turquoise.

Six Chakra: Sapphire, turquoise and amethyst.

Seventh Chakra: Clear quartz and amethyst.

Healing Stones and Crystals – Crystal Healing – iBuzzle

Want to know more about healing with crystals and gemstones? Read on…

Gemstones and crystals have had a long association with mankind. For centuries, man has used crystals and gemstones to create happiness and healing within his life. These crystals and gemstones are formed under the earth’s surface and contain many minerals. They give out healing energy to the wearer. These crystals are said to synthesize the energy of the sun into healing energy.

There are a variety of healing gemstones and crystals available in the market. All of these stones possess qualities which can be desired by any or all of us. So which gemstone or crystal is just right for us? The answer is not so simple. Go with what you feel. Hold the stone in your hand and let go of all emotions. Probably only one or two emotions will refuse to go away. For you, the stone will represent those emotions. If that is a happy emotion, go with it. Otherwise the stone is not for you. Alternatively, you can also consult an astrologist or a gem therapist to suggest suitable crystals and gemstones for you.

These crystals and gemstones contain many healing properties. They are made out of minerals which have come together under the surface of the earth. This gives them their unique colors and qualities. There are several methods of using the crystals for healing purposes. Some of them are outlined below.

One of the most common methods of using healing crystals is by placing them on the affected parts of the body. These can be your seven chakras, or just a particular body part. The therapist will use stones that are suited for your body type, and depending on the chakras that are needed to be activated or unblocked.

Another very common method is wearing the crystal. If long term healing or benefit is desired from a particular crystal, then most people prefer to wear the gemstone in a pendant or in a ring.

Another method of healing with crystals is making elixirs from them. This is a fairly simple procedure where you place your chosen crystal in glass bowl of pure spring water and leave it in the sunlight for 12 hours. This water can then be bottled (preferably in a dark glass bottle with an air tight stopper) and can be used for a week. If you want to use the water for a longer time period, you can add 50 percent brandy into it. This elixir can be drunk or added to your bath or used as a spray. However, please study the minerals in a particular crystal before drinking its elixir. Some gemstones and crystals might not be suitable for making elixirs. Either the crystal might be water-soluble or poisonous.

A useful method of healing with crystals is putting the crystal in your bath water. You can also add to the healing environment by burning incense or scented candles and bathe in this relaxing environment. This can be quite a rejuvenating experience.

It has been mentioned before that all crystals have healing properties. You have to find one that suits you the best. You can do that by keeping the crystal with you for a few days and observing the effect. If it does nothing for you, you can ignore it. If it creates a bad feeling, discard it. If you feel good with it, and you notice benefits, then hang on to it.

Cleansing the crystals is also equally important. You can place them in the sunlight or the moonlight for 12 hours after washing them thoroughly under running water. Take care, that water soluble crystals will dissolve by frequent washing.

Here is a list of a few healing properties of crystals and gemstones :

  • Amber: Draws off negative energy, cleanses the aura.
  • Amethyst: Heals and protects the aura, draws divine energy, treatment for acne and arthritis.
  • Tourmaline: Provides a psychic shield, releases toxins.
  • Labradorite: Prevents energy leakage, aligns with spiritual purpose.
  • Quartz: Cleans, protects and increases aura.
  • Smoky Quartz: Grounds energy, dissolves negative patterns in aura.
  • Flourite: Anti-Viral, Dissolves blockages.
  • Moss Agate: Treats fungal infections.
  • Citrine: Clears mental confusion, improves concentration.
  • Carnelian: Re-energizes.
  • Chrysocolla: Releases unresolved grief.
  • Aquamarine: Clams stressed or overactive mind.
  • Yellow Sapphire: Creates abundance.
  • Turquoise: Harnesses creative energies.
  • Rose Quartz: Attracts loving energies.

A story among gemstone fanatics is that when a stone has done its ‘thing’ for you, it will find a way to leave you. So if you find yourself losing a stone at some point, remember, that it has done its job and has moved on. If you persist in getting a replacement stone, then it too will move on. I can say this is true with personal experience.

A gemstone is, thus, a gift of Mother Nature which gives you a lot of energies that are loving and healing and help create an aura of happiness and prosperity.