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A Beginner's Guide to Crystals and Gemstones

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A Beginner's Guide to Crystals and Gemstones


How do I select my crystals? How do I pick my crystal jewelry? What should I do once I've brought them home? Should I wash my stones? And how can I get my crystal necklace to support me with my life?

Have you just discovered our site and wish to learn more about crystals and energy healing? Perfect! We created this guide for those of you who are brand new to the crystal world, interested in gemstones and need help getting started or just a little bit of guidance along the road.


So, where do you begin? How can you tell which crystals are right for you? How should you consider about buying crystals if you don't know anything about them? When looking for crystals, keep the following two points in mind.

1- What particular stone draws your attention when you look at crystals, whether in a local brick and mortar shop or an online store? Which one(s) do you get hooked on as you browse through the rocks? Indeed, there's a reason you're drawn to these. They have something to convey to you that is relevant to your current situation.

2- Feel for what you are seeking for and what you seek more of in your life right now. For example, if you are looking for more confidence and inner-strength in your life, look for a crystal that holds these qualities. If you wish to make new life goals, browse through the characteristics of the stones to discover one that matches with this energy.

Trust your gut feeling and select the gems that either chose you or those you feel you require in your life!

We've curated just for you a beautiful Must Have Crystal Kit as well as the brand new Good Vibes Crystal Kit, both of them are ideal for any crystal lover just getting started. These kits hold crystals that we believe are perfect to begin with!


When you receive gems or crystals from us, it is a good idea to begin with purifying them. We do this to cleanse the crystal from old stagnant energy from its previous location or from the many hands that held it. Here are easy ways to clean your crystals at home.

You may cleanse them by immersing them in cold running water. You can also create a small bath in a sink for your crystals and add a little Himalayan salt for extra cleansing. You can also cleanse your crystals in the water of a river or the sea if you wish.

Please note: Some crystals and minerals should not be in contact with water otherwise they can get damaged (ie. Selenite, Pink Selenite, Tourmaline, Labradorite, Malachite...). Please refer to our blogpost about crystals that are NOT water-safe.

The Moon
Exposing crystals and stones to the moonlight is a common method used to purify them, especially during the full moon. After soaking your crystals, lay them out on a blanket or sheet and leave them outside if possible. You can also leave them indoors on a windowsill overnight to be cleansed by the moonlight. 

Incense and dried herbs
Place your crystals on a towel made of natural fibers, ignite some incense or dried herbs, and draw circles around your crystals. The smoke uncovers heavy negative energy trapped in the crystal and allows it to be removed.


Once your crystals have been cleansed, it is time to program them and give them a purpose by telling them what you wish to be supported with. Setting an intention is how you can program your crystal and give it a "job". An intention functions like a magnet, allow your crystal to be imbued with your goal or desire and become a talisman acting as a physical reminder in your day to day life.

All crystals have distinct properties and meanings, so select one that matches your desire. For example, if you wish to create an intention to bring more prosperity and abundance in your life, you can work with Jade, Citrine, Peridot or Pyrite. Choose some Larimar, for example, if you wish to create an intention around serenity and inner-peace.

How to do it:

Hold your crystal in your palm, close your eyes to ground and re-center yourself, take a few deep belly breaths to connect within, and charge the crystal with your goal. Ask in your mind or out loud that it assist you with whatever you wish to receive assistance with.


It is easy to forget yourself between laps in our daily lives, and when you do, you vibrate at a lower frequency, so by returning to your programmed crystal, it is a great way to help you recall your desire, your potential, and make you come back to the present moment mindfully. Crystals are not just pretty, like everything in this world, they also hold a vibration that we can harness, so feel free to experiment with using your crystals in everyday life to discover what feels right and what works for you. At Jewels & Gems, we absolutely love having crystals around the house, at work, in our bags and pockets, but mostly as jewelry.

Crystals and gemstones have the most impact on us when they are in our energy field, so make sure you have your programmed crystals around you for extra support (this is where wearing crystal jewelry can be particularly powerful).

Pick up the crystal in your palm, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths to connect with the stone's vibration when you need to reconnect with yourself and your desire. Wishing you the best of luck with your new gems! You've got this!


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