Crystals come in many shapes and sizes. Formed in nature over thousands of years, or millions for larger ones, they follow a tight repeating molecular pattern that gives them their shape. They can also be man-made in a laboratory, but the chemical formula remains the same. Each crystal will have a slightly different arrangement of molecules hence why, for example, raw amethyst differs in appearance from raw aventurine.
Quite a lot, as it turns out. Crystals are programmed with specific healing properties based on the shape that they take upon forming. This is why crystals that form in geodes, such as Amethyst and Clear Quartz, have similar properties to each other. Obsidian is made from rapidly cooling lava—it’s technically not even a crystal—and this gives it an entirely different shape. Its properties are distinct because of that.
To clarify, it’s not the shape itself that causes the differences, rather it’s the way the crystal is formed. However, the shape of the crystal is a symptom of the formation and therefore we can tell which properties belong to which crystal because of its shape.
It’s generally accepted that there are six crystal families. But, when buying crystals, you’ll probably be more interested in the man-made shapes.
Tumble Stones are the most common. They tend to be small and well-polished and can suit almost any purpose. They’re very affordable and radiate their energy in all directions.
Crystal Wands come in various shapes and sizes. They direct positive energy through the chakras. The fatter end of the wand is known to ward off negativity.
Pyramids are a powerful anchor to stabilize the energies of the earth. With four triangular sides and a square base, they amplify and defend your energy. They look fantastic around the house and help to ground the energy in your home. They’re also excellent to place on your body during chakra healing, if not too large. Their energy enhances intentions—write one down and leave it underneath the pyramid.
Crystal Standing Points are great to place in your living room or bedroom. They have a flat base and rise into a focal point. This tip of the crystal is where the energy flows from. They’re often used as the central stone in healing grids.
Crystal Hearts are representative of love. The little talismans are easy to carry with you, whereas the larger ones look nice around the home. They bring harmony to relationships and encourage the healing of emotional pain.
Crystal Balls are most famous for their properties of clairvoyance. You may have seen the stereotypical seer gazing into a crystal ball, reading the future. It’s not as simple as the movies make it seem, but it does enhance intuition and stimulate the third eye. Perfectly round and polished, these spheres bring harmony into your aura.