Welcome to this little, but beautiful crystal corner where colour comes alive, and feelings of doubt and anxiety vanish in the first touch of tumbled beauty. There is undying scepticism surrounding the work of crystals because the cynical minds think it’s only just a rock. However, the open minds who welcome in belief and faith use crystals for healing purposes, meditation and mindfulness. A random rock would even suffice as long as you focus the energy you’re wanting on that particular stone; a positive energy. I was open-minded when I first started collecting crystals and learning about them; purchasing one at a time and in that first purchase I found out just how magical they can be.
A quick visit to Amber just off Francis Street in Galway led me to purchasing my first ever crystal; a visit I will remember forever. The Rose Quartz is known as the crystal of love. Its appearance symbolises the colour of love; a beautiful pink with a tint of transparency. The crystal is meant to bring you self-love, to teach you that you should love your worth and to bring love into your life. At this time, I felt low and alone and while holding the crystal, I sent as much positive love-filled energy as I could into it. Approximately four days later, I matched with the love of my life and it’s now been over a year and four months that we’ve been together; happy and in love. I thank that crystal for bringing me the one.
This beautiful dark crystal goes by a second name of “Volcanic Glass”, the texture of the cluster shape almost resembles glass. As someone who deals with bad acne and oily skin that never seems to let up; I learned that this gem teaches you to find beauty in your imperfections, flaws and weaknesses. Perhaps my imperfections are a part of who I am. Perhaps that’s okay. It takes time and practice to love what you don’t love about yourself, but this crystal is a patient aid. It also acts as a guard against negative influences which is why I always have it on my altar at home; to keep the positive and drive away negative.
I love to describe this crystal’s appearance as a drop of blood; essentially like a haemoglobin droplet. I have these miniature bags of crystals that were put together, each with different headings on it; crystals for healing, crystals for emotional balance and so on. The bloodstone fits into my creative aid bag as it is believed to improve creativity, decision-making and intuition. The gem holds a healing property too, a rather fitting one; helping to purify the blood and clear away toxins that may be harmful.
This crystal’s appearance fits in with its name like a glove; the stone is white-grey with tiny black polka-dots to resemble a live Dalmatian dog. However, the appearance and name have nothing to do with dogs except for the fact that both dogs and the stone are support tools through stress as well as bringing tranquillity and making you feel whole again. Stress is a destructor and it breaks you down into pieces, but this gem will keep all of that negative energy at bay and keep you together. This spotty one is meant to strengthen your connection with Mother Earth; a countryside walk surrounded by fields and trees while holding this crystal will have you feeling like you’re in sync with the swaying of tree branches.
This crystal is a unique one in terms of its name and image; vertical and colourful to resemble a unicorn’s horn. Its shine resembles a mirror as when you look really closely at it, you can see your reflection in it; holding it up to a light bulb will have it shining to say hello. The gem is taught to keep you grounded; anxiety and panic attacks better watch out. The unicorn point also aids one in feeling protected and brings about joy with its sense of magic due to the history of unicorns being depicted as mythical and magical creatures.
Rachel Garvey is a Co-Editor for Features for Student Independent News for the year 2023/24. She works full-time, but dedicates her free time to writing and being involved in SIN. Rachel has been a contributor to SIN since 2017.