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Types of Crystals

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.

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