crystal mania.
by victoria comment


crystals from Joshua tree on yellow ceramic platter. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have read, a couple of weekends ago i headed to joshua tree with my friend jen gotch. if you follow jen on instagram (and if you don’t, you should) you’ll know she’s very into crystals, so i had the perfect instructor along to let me in on what’s up with crystals. they’ve been around literally forever, naturally, but you just gotta admit, they’re very on trend of late. i have always found them beautiful, but mysterious — as in, i had no clue what their real purpose was. well, jen filled me right in on their magical powers, and we visited the joshua tree rock shop where i bought a lot of crystals, and each one very handily included a slip of paper with all the scoop on what each crystal means and its uses. and before heading home, we also hit up a gem and mineral show in joshua tree which was pretty darn interesting, as well — all kinds of strange goodness and i found a few (literal) gems here, too.

healing crystals in white dish. / sfgirlbybay

so, in order to learn more, i felt compelled to photograph each one and document their meaning. when i shared on instagram, y’all seemed very interested so i decided it mandatory i share! so, i’ve listed a brief, handy-dandy numbered description below of each of the crystals i’ve started with in my collection. i know there’s so many more to learn about, but if you too have been wondering what’s up with crystals, i hope you’ll find this helpful. and now, i have these beauties scattered all over my home, in the hopes their amazing mystical energies find their way to me! if you’d like to learn more about crystals, you might check out this book i just ordered, Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing By Yulia Van Doren –it covers everything from choosing and using to programming, charging, and cleansing — a modern guide to enhancing your life with these enchanting stones. and, i discovered this instagram feed, @structure_minerals with some great information and some beautiful imagery. happy collecting!

colorful healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

1. Tangerine Quartz: creativity + sensuality. in addition to being a Lemurian Seed Quartz, Tangerine Quartz is good for all things “sacral chakra,” so creativity, sexuality + sensuality, manifestation, etc. And especially good for helping to clear sexual trauma and shame. It’s a powerful crystal!

2. black tourmaline: protective + loving. one of the most protective and loving of all stones. alleviates stress and anxiety. increases clarity of thought, objectivity and rationalism. a protective stone which repels and blocks negative energies and psychic attack. also aids in the removal of negative energies within a person or a space. will cleanse, purify, and transform dense energy into a lighter vibration.

3. emerald calcite: change + balance. helpful for reaching mental balance, helps dissolve old energy patterns and beliefs that may be holding you back. often used in prosperity spells because it can draw money, abundance, and prosperity in your home or your business. It will increase the positive vibrations that surround you while removing the negative energies that can block the good energies. use to help release the comfortable old programs that you may be holding on to but which no longer serve you.

4. gem silica: Stone of Personal Voice. dispels fiery energies, angry words and sarcasm. As a stone aligned with Goddess energies, it can balance and empower the feminine energies in both women and men. facilitates the expression of our heart’s deepest truth and our minds greatest knowledge. Its calming, soothing energy helps to release stress, anxiety and fear-based imbalances in the body.

healing crystals in black dish. / sfgirlbybay

5. pyrite: fire energy + vitality. stone of action, vitality and will. inspires confidence and persistence. is a very protective stone, shielding the user from negative energy of all kinds. Pyrite blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears. Carry Pyrite in your pocket to protect you from both environmental pollution and physical danger. Pyrite also promotes good physical health and emotional well-being.

6. pink halite: clarify + calm. stone of clarity. its presence tends to dissolve foggy thinking, confusion, deception and doubt. has a peaceful, calming effect on the emotional body and is a wonderful healer. may be used to relieve mood swings, normalize emotions and reduce negative attitudes. It is also used to treat problems of the lower intestinal area, but isn’t recommended during pregnancy. Pink Halite is used to clear the heart chakra and encourage growth of tissues.

7. aragonite: grounding + stability. inspires conservation of mother earth, encourages conservation of Earth’s precious resources. sends light and energy all throughout your body and aura. relieves stress, negativity and past issues one is holding on to. can also be used for clearing blockages of energy and will also heal and balance your physical and emotional body.

8. agate: confidence + security. comes in a wide variety of colors. increases security and self-confidence. grounding and balancing, has a strengthening and stabilizing energy that will help you in your daily tasks. because of its many different layers it can bring new information and characteristics to the surface. ancient Egyptians believed agate to refer to as many things as protection against natural disasters like lightning, protection from thirst and as having the ability to deliver powers of speech.

healing crystals in assorted ceramic dishes. / sfgirlbybay

9. opal: self-esteem + confidence. encourages freedom and independence. strenghtens memory and self-esteem. helps treating infections and fevers. has always been associated with love and passion, as well as desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. It can also act as an emotional stabilizer. Wearing an opal is said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness.

10. rose quartz: self-esteem + love. one of the most popular crystals in healing, raises self-esteem and teaches us to love ourselves. this stone of unconditional loves opens the heart chakra to love in all of its forms. lowers stress and soothes. Famous for attracting and keeping love, rose quartz is also used when it comes to healing one’s heart from pain and disappointment.

11. amethyst: tranquility + contentment. chakra healing and balancing energy. opens you to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. a quiet color, one of mystery and wisdom and judgment. a meditative and calming stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is also used to eliminate impatience.

12. lodolite: development + courage. increases courage and promotes self-development. it’s a great assistant when it comes to breaking new grounds and outgrowing yourself. often used in meditation practices. Another metaphysical use of lodolite is to bring energies to affect the manifestation of one’s desires. is also said to enhance communication with beings on the spiritual plane and heighten one’s spiritual energies.

learning about healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

colorful healing crystals. / sfgirlbybay

colorful healing crystals from joshua tree. / sfgirlbybay

healing crystals fro joshua tree inside my home. / sfgirlbybay

healing crystals displayed in ceramic shell dish. / sfgirlbybay


• photography by victoria smith for sfgirlbybay.

5 responses to “crystal mania.”

  1. Victoria! Wow, what a total joy to see this post — I’ve been a LOOONGtime fan and follower of you and your blog! This is such a gorgeous post, I love that you’re feeling the crystal magic!. Thank you so much for shouting out my new book, too, what a thrill — I hope it brings you much joy and healing! Sending love – Yulia ( xx
    (PS – the crystal in box #1 is actually a Tangerine Quartz, in addition to being a Lemurian Seed Quartz — Tangerine Quartz is good for all things “sacral chakra,” so creativity, sexuality + sensuality, manifestation, etc. And especially good for helping to clear sexual trauma and shame. It’s a powerful crystal!)

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