DO CRYSTALS REALLY WORK?
Adele has revealed that she holds crystals in her palms while singing on stage, while Miranda Kerr, who filters the products in her Kora Organics skincare line through rose quartz, also stashes a small heart-shaped crystal in her bra. Jade facial rollers are an Instagram sensation and a must-have on every beauty top-shelf. The rock resurgence is ubiquitous and apparently, there is a reason why…
This is where science and mysticism intersect: Crystals are millions of years old and were forged during the earliest part of the earth’s formation. People have been attracted to crystals since the dawn of time for burial rites, divination practices, healing rituals, spiritual advancement, and even simply as decoration to connote power. Our ancestors intuitively knew that when worn, the energies of the stones would interact with the human electromagnetic field to bring about energetic changes. Semi-precious stones have been believed to possess healing powers by everyone from the Aztecs to Ayurvedic doctors.
“People are getting more attuned with themselves and the subtle energies around them,” explains spiritual healer Holly Star, Miranda Kerr’s go-to crystal guru. “We all want to effect change, and crystals are tools that can help us.”
“And even if you don’t understand the energy, but you look at it and it makes you feel good, that’s enough – it’s having the desired effect.”
While no legitimate studies have been conducted to back up the claims that crystals emit vibrations that affect our minds and bodies, some stones can conduct energy.
Scientifically, crystals are the most orderly structure that exists in nature, meaning they have the lowest amount of entropy (a measurement of disorder). Crystals are structured in such a way that they respond to the inputs of all different energies around them, so they oscillate, emitting specific vibratory frequencies. The way they are balanced, the frequencies they emit, and their ability to store a tremendous amount of information makes crystals essential to modern technologies.
In 1880, French physicist Pierre Curie (Marie’s husband) discovered that putting pressure on various crystals – including quartz, topaz and tourmaline – created electricity. This phenomenon called the Piezoelectric effect, is why crystals are used as essential elements in computers, TV screens, iPhones and satellites. Limited studies have indicated that crystals can increase the alkalinity of water – so the makers of VitaJuwel water bottles, which expose H2O to stones such as aventurine and chalcedony, might be on to something. There is also some solid science to support the benefits of using crystals in skincare beyond the finely milled quartz often found in exfoliators. Magnetized tourmaline, for example – a key ingredient in La Mer The Cleansing Foam – energizes skin to improve cleansing efficacy and boost circulation. The crystal is also used in Nurse Jamie Uplift Massage Beauty Roller, where 24 tourmaline stones help to mimic an energizing massage.
Every crystal type has a different purpose, so it depends what we are looking for. Some stones may be best used to heal the body or to tap intuition during meditation, while other stones are used in technology or as a part of building structures.
Everything carries an energy in it; you want to have the most positive, clean, and clear energies in your crystal. Always ask crystal store owners where they get their stones, how they harvest the stones, and if they know any physical history about the stone you’ re choosing. Most importantly, though: If a crystal is yours, then it will speak to you. The stone may get hot in your hand, it can send tingles into your arm, or you might feel a third-eye buzz. Trust your intuition when a stone is yours. If it doesn’t feel quite right, then go with your gut—it’s not meant for you.
There are countless ways we can incorporate crystals into our daily lives. Many people – and an increasing number of businesses – are taking things further. They are hiring design firms such as The Cristalline, the company that bejeweled the interior of New York natural-beauty mecca CAP, to infuse its space with crystal energy. “Having crystals around is a way to connect back to nature, which is grounding,” says Cristalline co-founder Rashia Bell. “And even if you don’t understand the energy, but you look at it and it makes you feel good, that’s enough – it’s having the desired effect.”
Indeed, when it comes to crystal healing, the power of these minerals may be more in our minds than anything else. Just taking a moment to focus on them can make us more mindful, or provide a moment of peace, which might be even more precious than the stones themselves.