If you're just getting started building your crystal collection it can be overwhelming choosing where to start and which crystals to pick out from the hundreds of varieties available.
I always recommend starting simply with these 5 beautiful and very different members of the Quartz family. These stones each have a wealth of healing properties and will get you off to a great start before you venture into the more exotic or unusual.
Amethyst - occurring in varying shades from pale lavender to deep violet and highly prized for its beauty, Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Amethyst is a highly effective stone for spiritual protection, guarding against psychic attack and working quickly to calm mental tension and eradicate scattered thinking. Amethyst opens intuition and psychic gifts and is an excellent stone for meditation. Amethyst helps release addictions and addictive behaviours encouraging for growth and change. A powerful healer, Amethyst can be used to ease headaches and migraine and will help to neutralise pain and alleviate a wide range of ailments.
Clear Quartz - a 'master healer' and powerful energy amplifier, Clear Quartz absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy bringing greater harmony, balance and clarity. Quartz quickly removes energetic blocks from the chakra system and can be used to amplify intention and focus. Storing information like a natural computer, Quartz crystals carry a spiritual library and can be programmed for specific purposes. Clear Quartz increases clarity of thought, sharpens perception and enhances memory and can be used to balance and stimulate the immune system. The 'cure all' of the crystal kingdom.
Citrine - has a sunny, warm energy which balances and activates the Solar Plexus Chakra enhancing personal power, confidence, positivity and joy. Citrine banishes negativity and alleviates depression and sadness restoring hope and emotional freedom. Citrine raises self esteem and confidence. It is often referred to as 'the merchants stone' due to its beneficial effects in attracting abundance and prosperity. In healing Citrine supports the pancreas, liver, gall bladder and stomach promoting a healthy and balanced digestive system.
Rose Quartz - known as the stone of unconditional love, Rose Quartz carries a gentle, loving energy which soothes and calms the emotions and purifies and opens the heart centre. Rose Quartz effectively transmutes and clears held negative emotional states and traumas promoting inner healing and encouraging self-acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and self-love. Place Rose Quartz in the relationship corner (furthest right from the front door) of your home to attract and strengthen loving relationships. Rose Quartz strengthens and protects the physical heart and increases fertility. An excellent supportive stone for those with Alzheimers, Parkinson's or dementia.
Smoky Quartz - an extremely protective stone. It protects against negative energies by gently dissolving any negative emotions it comes into contact with. For this reason it is a useful stone to have around when you are dealing with difficult situations or people, such as in the workplace. Smoky Quartz is also believed to protect against pollution, radiation and electromagnetic smog. Smoky Quartz is believed to help lift depression, reduce fear and to help relieve stress. A good technique to use when you are feeling stressed is to hold a Smoky Quartz in each hand and to sit quietly for a few moments. Smoky Quartz is said to be a good pain reliever and placing it on a painful point is said to help dissolve pain. In addition it is believed to help cramps and to help ease lower back pain and headaches.