Crystals are everywhere right now! Between Holly Willoughby having a crystals themed birthday cake and a number of high profile celebrities shouting from the rooftops about their effects, it is clear that the following for crystals is growing enormously. There has been a large surge in Ireland in recent years for complementary and alternative medicines and healing crystals have played a big part in that surge.
But for the novice (and possibly cynic!) like myself, are these just lovely decorative stones and if so why are they gaining such huge momentum? In a quest to solve my curiosity and find out more, I contacted Monika from Rocky Road Minerals in Cork. Monika started her business just 3 years ago and today employs 7 people in Cork and 3 in India. She sources from, and exports to, many corners of the world.
It is important that I say that there appears to be minimal scientific support for crystals. Having said that, millions of people seem to swear by their powers. I asked Monika the following questions to help me understand more and to create a beginners guide for all you novices out there wanting to learn more. Here is what she had to say:
Where did Crystals originate?
The origins of crystals are linked back to Ancient Egypt, India, Greece and Rome. Warriors wore them to bring them luck on the battlefield. Royal families wore them for protection and to help with conceiving and delivering healthy babies. The knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. We are very lucky to live in an era where we now have an abundance of knowledge available in just one click.
Where are Crystals sourced?
Crystals are sourced from all over the planet. Some are mined deep in the ground while others are found on the surface. My crystals are sourced very carefully. I travel to international shows to source my suppliers and I only deal with highly reputable mining companies and international crystal stores. I approve and order the cutting of crystals in large blocks, which are then cut down and polished into my required size specifications. This ensures that each individual crystal sourced is authentic and unique.
What Do Crystals Do?
Every crystal is different. Crystals emit energetic vibrations that respond to the energetic vibrations of everything around them, including you. Having said that, there are various properties associated with different types of crystals.
How do you know which Crystal to purchase?
Everyone is different and there is no universal answer for what crystal works best for you. We should be attracted to a certain type of crystal via intuition. When you find a crystal that catches your eye you should research it and see if its properties match that which you need in your life right now. If you have a particular ailment, there are certain types of crystals linked to certain chakras so you can also use your ailment as the starting point in selecting a crystal.
Do you recommend certain crystals?
I am often asked to recommend crystals but it completely depends on that individual person and their present life circumstances. I listen to their story and try to read their energy as best I can before making a recommendation.
What are your best selling crystals right now?
A lot of people are turning to Crystals at this time of anxiety and worry. The best selling crystal right now is Lepidolite due to its abilities to help those with depression, anxiety or sleep problems. I would also recommend Howlite and Blue Calcite which have very calming properties to help combat anxiety. Labradorite is a popular crystal for those wishing to enhance creativity, new beginnings and courage. Sales to Ireland are a relatively small percentage of my overall sales, due to significant demand from the US and the UK.
What are you meant to do with the Crystal?
Again this depends on the person. If you live a very sedentary lifestyle you could perhaps purchase a larger crystal that you can have at your desk. If you tend to be on the go a lot, then pocket crystals are a better alternative or a small crystal that is built into a jewellery piece. Try to spend 5 minutes a day with your crystals. Just before bed is a great time. You can also put your small crystals under your pillow while you sleep, assuming they have been cleansed. It is very important that you cleanse any new crystals before use. See below for further details.
Can you use more than one crystal at once?
Yes you can use multiple crystals at the one time. There is no conflict in nature. Crystals attune to the vibration of the person and are therefore never in conflict with each other. Your crystals will work together to respond to your needs.
Can crystals be used by anyone?
Yes they can be used by anyone. However I recommend keeping small crystals away from young children in case of choking.
Are there negative effects of crystals?
There is no such thing as a negative crystal. However crystals absorb the energy of everything they encounter. Therefore if they have been sourced unethically or have encountered a lot of negative energy, they will not work as they are meant to. You should always cleanse new crystals before you use them and should regularly cleanse your own crystals to ensure they are working as you need them to. CLICK HERE to learn the various ways that you can cleanse your crystals.
How do you know if your crystals are authentic?
90% of the crystals on the market are genuine. Having said that, there is certainly a market for fakes. Be careful with buying from Ebay and other large international resellers online. The crystal most likely to be faked is Malachite. If you purchased a cheap one it is almost certainly a fake because there is no such thing as cheap Malachite!
Where can I buy?
All of my crystals can be purchased directly from my online store – CLICK HERE. If you would like some interaction before purchasing please join one of our live sales on INSTAGRAM. This is a unique concept. We regularly hold live sales where we show you the various crystal angles and discuss their properties so that you can better decide what crystals are best for you. It is also a very fun, social night with a great vibe and beautiful energy.
Where can I find out more?
You can find information on each individual crystal type on our website. Obviously there is also a mountain of information available to you online on the properties of various types of crystals etc.
Thank you so much to Monika for her time and insights in creating this article. I have to admit that after speaking with her I was really uplifted by her positive energy and huge passion. In fact if i could put her personality into a crystal I would buy it by the truck load! But has she managed to convert this cynic into a crystal lover? She very well may have! 😉 x