by Mia M.
Are you a massive lover of beautiful, real crystals - but also love a good deal? Here are my favourite 10 affordable online stores for crystals and stones - and a little haul too!
Hello, gorgeous humans - welcome to the post I have been dying to share with you all for weeks. Seriously, I've been like a kid at Christmas, eagerly waiting by the door for the postman to bring me presents. But it's here; we've made it.
If you guys have kept an eye on my blog recently, you may have seen numerous crystal-related crafts popping up. I've made some crystal planters and r e-vamped the IKEA Moppe Drawers with some witchy handles. It's been a mood. You saw my bullet journal set-up, guys - August is the month for magic.
So in the spirit of magic, I'm going to be sharing my top 10 online store to buy affordable but unique crystals!
I would love if you guys watched my haul video first, though! If you enjoyed, make sure to hop on over to Youtube and subscribe!
A crystal is defined as a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. Crystals can be elements (e.g.: diamond) or compounds (e.g.: salt). They form naturally when atoms come together in repeated patterns to form a crystal lattice. They are the second most abundant substance on Earth next to water.
Crystals come from many different sources, including magma or lava that cools quickly at the surface of the earth forming large grained crystals called igneous rocks, magma/lava with less cooling time that is more viscous and forms smaller grained rocks called extrusive igneous rocks, magma/lava with a lot of time in between eruptions to cool forming small crystal grains known as intrusive or plutonic rocks, from water through evaporation which leaves behind salt crystals in dry basins, from sea water where underwater evaporation leaves behind salt crystals known as Salt Deposits, from certain biological processes that concentrate the mineral dissolved in water to form various types of brines which are then concentrated by evaporation. Sand is not a crystal but quartz sand or any other mineral matter used in construction sets up boundaries for cracks to occur when forces are applied changing its structure, if that structure is ordered and forms a pattern then it is a crystal.
You can find crystals everywhere in your daily life from your computer screen, to jewelry, watches, cars, glasses you see through and the list goes on. One of the best places to look for crystals is in rock stores or stone shops because they have many different crystals in one place. If you want to go look for them yourself start with a map of the area and talk with people that live in the area and they will probably be able to tell you where there are some nice crystal deposits nearby.
Crystals have been used for centuries in meditation and spiritual practice. In ancient times, it was believed that crystals had special powers related to the sun, moon, planets and even time itself. In modern times, the popularity of crystals has sky-rocketed due to their use in spirituality, but also because of a growing awareness of the physical benefits of crystals. Tiny particles in the crystal structure called 'cooper pairs' are thought to be responsible for their healing properties; these act like batteries, delivering energy which is then used by our cells to carry out normal functions.
Crystals can also work with your chakra system to clear out any blocked or stagnant energy that is not being used by your body. Crystal healing is said to work on a variety of levels, including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. It can help with issues of all kinds, from stress-related problems to more serious injuries or diseases. Here are some of the most commonly used crystals for their healing benefits:
You can cleanse your amethyst crystal in salt water or under the light of a full moon. Crystals are thought to pick up energy from the environment, particularly when they are placed directly on the body. When you hold an amethyst crystal it will make you feel more calm and relaxed. It is also good for meditation as it encourages a state of self awareness that can help you to see your true path in life.
Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in February and has been known as a symbol of spirituality since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians would wear amethyst jewellery to protect themselves from drunkenness, headaches and hangovers after they drank too much wine.
Crystals are believed to emit highly beneficial vibrations that can be used to heal the body and spirit, so aquamarine crystals are great for improving your health. Aquamarine is particularly useful in countering stress-related problems such as anxiety or overeating, which negatively affect your wellbeing. It is thought to help you feel more relaxed and positive, and is good for meditation as it encourages an awareness of your own spirit.
It is also a useful stone for those who suffer from neck or shoulder pain as it can ease tension in this area. People who wear an aquamarine crystal often find that they sleep better and feel happier. Aquamarine is the birthstone for those born in March.
Fluorite crystals can be programmed with intention to help you overcome specific problems, such as pain due to injury or illness. Crystals are believed to emit highly beneficial vibrations that can be used to heal your body and spirit, so fluorite crystals are great for improving your health. They are particularly useful in countering stress-related problems such as anxiety or overeating, that can affect your wellbeing.
Fluorite is thought to improve concentration and help you feel more peaceful. It is good for meditation, as it helps you to focus on the inner self and connect with your true path in life. Fluorite is the birthstone for those born in October.
Most people wear hematite jewellery because it looks great and draws attention to your face, but its healing benefits are also highly desirable. It can help counteract adrenal fatigue, which leaves you feeling drained and unable to cope with everyday life. Hematite is also good for stress relief and is thought to boost your willpower.
People who wear hematite jewellery often find that they sleep better and feel calmer overall, which in turn makes it easier to deal with stress when it arises. It can also stimulate the energy flow in your chakra system so you feel more present and connected to your physical body. Hematite is the birthstone for those born in January.
Jade is great for healing and if you wear jade jewellery it will make you feel calm and centred. The stone comes in many different shades of green, including white, pink, lavender or black which can help with a variety of different problems. The darker shades can be especially useful for improving your sleep, as they are calming and relaxing to the mind and body. If you have a green jade palm stone it can help with balancing your hormones so it is good for those suffering from PMS or menstrual problems. Jade is also helpful if you have been feeling down or depressed as it can help to lift your spirits.
Jade is the birthstone for those born in July.
If you are looking for crystals that will improve your health, moonstone is a good choice. It has powerful healing properties that are thought to have an especially beneficial effect on menstrual pain or problems related to the reproductive organs.
As well as easing pain, moonstone can be used to ease stress and lift your spirits by making you feel calmer and happier in general.
Moonstone is the birthstone for those born in April. It is also a wonderful stone if you wish to attract good fortune into your life because it is believed to boost your chances of success.
If you are looking for a crystal to improve your health, quartz is a good choice as it has powerful healing properties that can be beneficial in a variety of different ways. It emits very positive energy and people who wear this crystal often feel more open and able to make decisions because quartz helps you to tap into your intuition.
Quartz can enhance your mood and make it easier to overcome emotional issues such as depression or anxiety, which is why it can be particularly useful if you suffer from stress or feel unhappy. It is also thought to improve your concentration and memory so this stone may be of benefit if you find it hard to focus on tasks.
Quartz is the birthstone for those born in October.
Not all crystals are created equal, but they are all natural products of the earth that have been used by people through the ages to promote wellbeing and deal with common problems such as stress. If you are not sure which crystal would be good for you, ask a friend to choose one for you. If they are not familiar with healing crystals, get them to select a stone from their birth month or from the list above.
Okay, I am utterly obsessed with FreedomRocksCo. They've got such a fabulous range of beautiful - but also incredibly unique - crystals and you can get some really large ones for a wonderfully cheap price point too! Here are some of my favourites they have to offer...
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Unity Is The Key is a UK based Etsy seller (sticking true to my roots!) and they really stand out to me because of the utterly gorgeous crystal towers they sell! To tell you the truth, I didn't even know half of these stones existed, but get in my post box please! I think the Caribbean calcite has to be my favourite because it just looks like a dreamy beach... in a crystal!
Do you love displaying crystals around your home? Why not try making these gorgeous crystal planters?
As you may have seen from my haul, one of my absolute favourite crystals is an agate druzy tower. (Essentially, a tower that has a part where druzy stones are exposed.) They look so magical and witchy and... ugh, I just love them. That's it, that's the tweet. Midnight Moonstones caught my eye with their stunning towers and I think you will see why!
So I realised this post has been very tower heavy... time to add some geodes to the mix! And, boy, have we started with a winner! These geode crystals are sourced from 3 different mines and come unopened so you're set to get something truly unique. (And if not seeing beforehand puts you off, the 243 raving reviews should put you at ease!)
Hubrox introduced me to galaxy amethyst and, wow, take my money! I love amethyst to begin with (does anything scream I can hex you like an amethyst cluster? I think not) but will a more grey colour scheme? To die for.
The last store on my list is Aliexpress! (I felt like it was getting very Etsy heavy in here. Which is never a bad thing because supporting small businesses is great - but for the sake of variety I'm going to mix it up.) If you've been following my blog since back in the London days, you may remember my deep love for Aliexpress. It's insanely cheap; there's fantastic variety and... well, did I mention it's really cheap?
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If you're a fellow crystal lover, make sure you're up to date on the various crystal-related DIYs your girl has up! I've made my own crystals, made crystal jewellery, hair accessories and planters! I'll drop some linked images here... but go check that out too!
Alright, folks, that's a wrap! Apologies for being completely inactive over the past week or two - life/work has got super busy and I've been planning all my collabs for September. Which of these stores was your favourite? In fact, which crystals were your favorites? Let me know your thoughts down below!
Crystals have been used for thousands of years, not only for adornment but also for medicinal purposes. Lately, they have become more popular in the mainstream as people are realizing that crystals are important tools to help them heal on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
Crystals have been used for this purpose for centuries, but nowadays they are starting to become more mainstream once again due to the rise of new age culture. First of all, before you start using these crystals it is important that you define what you want to manifest. This goal will then determine which crystals that you should use.
The idea behind using crystals for manifestation is that they contain certain vibrations or frequencies, which can help you with achieving your goals and manifesting your desires. If you align yourself to the frequencies in the crystal, you can become more likely to achieve what you want in life. Different people use crystals for different reasons and with different intentions, which means that they will choose different crystals depending on their goal. You should always start by asking yourself: What is my purpose in using these crystals and what do I want to achieve with them?
The most important thing in the manifestation process is not the quantity of crystals that you have around your house, but rather the quality of your thought-patterns. You should try always to use positive language when creating your desires, otherwise they might just manifest into something else. A good way to get started with manifestation is to simply write down your goals on a piece of paper, and then carry that piece of paper around with you. Every time you look at the note, try to feel what it would be like if you had already achieved your goal or desire. Then continue doing this for as long as possible.
The fourth chakra or Vishuddha is located at the base of the throat and it deals with communication, self-expression and creativity. It is associated with the element of sound and vibration, so it can be a great idea to use crystals that are related to this chakra for manifestation purposes. It is important to note that you should not try to manifest something negative, because the universe will always give you back something that is of equal vibration. So if you truly desire something, then it is important that you only focus on things that are positive and good for your soul.
When using crystals for manifestation it is very important that you know what the crystal actually does from a scientific perspective. If you take the time to learn about all of your chosen crystals and their energies, then you can become a better manifestor in the end.
About Mia M.
I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.
tattoo lover, plant hoarder, DIY addict and overall stoner grandma