How to Pick a Crystal That’s Right for You

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How do you know which crystals are right for you?

The simplest way is by feeling them! You've heard of "go with your gut," correct? Well, when it comes to crystals, going with your gut is the easiest way to figure out which ones you need.

But if you want to narrow down your options, follow our guide to picking crystals below. Here, we’ll talk about a couple of ways to pick a crystal based on your zodiac sign, intentions, and your chakra.

If you wish to learn how to pick a crystal that’s right for you, read on!

Method #1: Pick Crystals Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Each crystal type has its unique set of characteristics that matches certain personalities. By wearing a crystal that aligns with your personality, you can bring out your best self.

But how do you determine your personality type?

The easiest way is by finding out your zodiac sign. According to astrology, each zodiac sign has specific qualities that make them who they are.

For example, people born under the sign of Aries are energetic and fiery. Those born under Taurus are calm and centered. Gemini’s are naturally curious, while those born under Cancer are sensitive.

Now that you have an idea of your personality type, let’s move on to choosing the right crystal for you!

  • Aries: Aries is a fiery and energetic person who is always on the go. They love being in charge, but they also need help keeping organized. For Aries, try using rose quartz or clear quartz as a grounding stone. Rose quartz will help calm them down when they're feeling frazzled, while clear quartz will help them focus on their goals when they're feeling distracted.
  • Taurus: Taurus is an earth sign that loves stability in all areas of life—including its crystals! Carnelian and clear quartz are both excellent crystals for Taurus. Carnelian will help them stay grounded and focused, while clear quartz will provide them with a calming energy that helps them relax when they're feeling stressed out. 
  • Geminis: Geminis are the ultimate multitaskers and can easily get distracted by everything around them. For this sign, try using amethyst or citrine as a grounding stone. Amethyst will help calm their mind and focus on what's important, while citrine will help them stay positive when they're feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks they have to get done.
  • Cancer: Cancers are the most sensitive in the zodiac, so they need to be careful not to overwhelm them with too many crystals. Try using rose quartz or clear quartz for this sign. Rose quartz will help calm their emotions while also providing them with love and healing energy. Clear quartz is a great stone for Cancer because it's calming and provides a protective shield against negative energy that might come their way.
  • Leo: Because Leos are so generous with their own energy, they need crystals that will help them stay grounded and energized. Tiger’s eye energizes and stimulates creativity; rose quartz promotes self-acceptance and fosters empathy; and garnet symbolizes loyalty that enhances strength.
  • Virgo: Because of their perfectionist tendencies, Virgos often struggle to find a balance between order and chaos in their lives. Crystals that help with emotional regulation and long-term vision can be enormously helpful for this sign. Amazonite helps bring inner and outer selves into balance; amethyst encourages light, positive energy; and fluorite eliminates unproductive thinking while promoting positivity.
  • Libra: Libras love to laugh and have fun, so it's important for them to surround themselves with people they like. Libra seeks balance in everything, including the use of crystals: having a variety around helps Librans feel secure. Tiger's eye helps one connect to his or her inner self; amethyst promotes clear thinking and spiritual guidance; bloodstone enhances courage.
  • Scorpio: Because Scorpios are such driven, focused people, they should work with crystals that help support their energy, such as amethyst. Pink tourmaline, amethyst and K2 enhance clarity and spiritual guidance. They encourage softness, gentleness, and harmony.
  • Sagittarius: Sagittarius loves to explore and experience new things, so they benefit from working with crystals that can replenish their energy while keeping it protected. Lepidolite is calming and promotes balance, while smoky quartz transforms negative energy into positive. Shungite is grounding and reduces stress.
  • Capricorn: Capricorns are fearless and highly intellectual, but they surround themselves with few close friends who make them feel supported. They also have a tendency to be hard on themselves, which means Capricorn should work on crystals that encourage self-acceptance and grounding. Rose quartz's energy is loving and nurturing; garnet instills strength to deal with challenges; and smoky quartz clears negative energies.
  • Aquarius: They're not afraid to break free from the crowd, and rather than blindly following convention they focus on what's more important: “Why does something have to be done that way?” Lepidolite reduces stress and dissolves emotional blockages; amethyst increases intuition and spiritual guidance; and tourmaline promotes harmony among individuals.
  • Pisces: Pisceans are sensitive, loving people who often put others' needs before their own. They crave inner and outer harmony—and crystals can help! For these reasons, clear quartz is excellent for cleansing and purifying energy; carnelian promotes creativity; and chrysocolla encourages self-expression.

Method #2: Pick Crystals Based on Your Intention

Aside from choosing crystals based on your zodiac, you may also consider what goals you want to achieve with these gemstones.

Each crystal holds specific energies that resonate with an intention. A gemstone can support intentions of wealth, healing, love, and protection, among others.

For instance, if you’re hoping to manifest more money, you might want to work with green aventurine or citrine. If you’re trying to improve your relationship, consider rose quartz or amethyst.

No matter what your intention is, there’s definitely a crystal out there that can support your goal—and help you achieve it!

Check out the list of common intentions below and see which crystals can help support your specific goals.

  • Manifesting Money: Green aventurine, citrine, pyrite
  • Healing: Clear quartz, selenite, turquoise
  • Attracting Love: Rose quartz, malachite, green aventurine
  • Strengthening Relationships: Garnet, rhodonite, ruby
  • Protection: Obsidian, hematite, jet
  • Grounding: Hematite, smoky quartz, tree agate
  • Reducing Stress: Shungite, sodalite, black tourmaline
  • Calming Anxiety: Amethyst, amazonite, lepidolite
  • Enhancing Intuition: Moonstone, labradorite, lapis lazuli
  • Boosting Creativity: Carnelian, citrine, tiger’s eye

Method #3: Pick Crystals Based on Your Chakra

Last but not least, you may want to consider which chakra you’d like to focus on. 

There are seven main chakras in the body, each located at a different point along the spine. These chakras correspond to different areas of our lives, and when they’re balanced, we feel our best.

The seven main chakras are:

  • Root Chakra. Located at the base of the spine, the root chakra is all about feeling grounded and supported. It’s associated with the color red. The best crystals for the root chakra are hematite, smoky quartz, and black tourmaline.
  • Sacral Chakra. The sacral chakra is located just below the navel, and it’s all about creativity, pleasure, and flow. It’s associated with the color orange. The best crystals for the sacral chakra are carnelian, tiger's eye, and citrine.
  • Solar Plexus Chakra. The solar plexus chakra is located in the stomach area, and it’s all about personal power and self-confidence. It’s associated with the color yellow. The best crystals for the solar plexus chakra are yellow calcite, citrine, and tiger's eye.
  • Heart Chakra. The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, and it’s all about love, compassion, and forgiveness. It’s associated with the color green. The best crystals for the heart chakra are rose quartz, green aventurine, and rhodonite.
  • Throat Chakra. The throat chakra is located in the throat area, and it’s all about communication and self-expression. It’s associated with the color blue. The best crystals for the throat chakra are sodalite, lapis lazuli, and turquoise.
  • Third Eye Chakra. The third eye chakra is located in between the eyebrows, and it’s all about intuition and insight. It’s associated with the color purple. The best crystals for the third eye chakra are amethyst, sodalite, and lapis lazuli.
  • Crown Chakra. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head, and it’s all about connection to the divine and universal consciousness. It’s associated with the color white. The best crystals for the crown chakra are clear quartz, amethyst, and selenite.

No matter which chakra you’d like to focus on, there are plenty of crystals that can support the balancing of that energy center. So, take your time in choosing the right one for you!

How to Know if a Crystal is Right for You?

Now that you know all about the different ways to pick a crystal, you might be wondering how you’ll know if a particular crystal is right for you. 

After all, with so many options out there, it can be tough to narrow down your choices!

Here are a few tips to help you know if a crystal is right for you:

  1. Feel the crystal’s vibrations. When you’re looking at a particular crystal, see how you feel in your body. Do you feel drawn to it? Does it make you feel good? If yes, then it’s probably the right choice for you.
  2. Ask the crystal. This may sound strange, but you can actually ask the crystal if it’s right for you. Simply hold the crystal in your hand and state your intention out loud (e.g., “I’d like to know if you’re the right crystal for me”). Then, see how you feel. You may get a sense in your body or a knowing in your mind. Trust whatever comes up for you.
  3. Go with your intuition. If you’re having trouble choosing between two or more crystals, go with the one that your intuition is drawn to. Close your eyes and imagine each crystal in turn. See how you feel when you envision yourself working with each one. The crystal that feels most supportive is probably the right choice for you.

But What if You're Shopping Online?

If you’re shopping for crystals online, then you might not have the opportunity to hold or touch the crystals before you buy them. So, how can you know if a crystal is right for you?

Here are a few tips:

  1. Read the descriptions carefully. When you’re looking at a particular crystal, make sure to read the description carefully. See if the crystal is said to be helpful for the issue that you’re working on.
  2. Look at the photos. In addition to reading the descriptions, take a look at the photos of the crystals. See if any of them stand out to you or catch your eye.
  3. Ask the seller. If you’re still not sure which crystal is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to the seller and ask for guidance. They should be able to help you choose a crystal that’s right for your needs.

List Of Popular Healing Crystals and Their Meanings

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular stones you should keep an eye out for.

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz is a deeply purifying and clarifying stone. It is one of the most potent healing crystals. It can amplify energy and thinking and has been used to heal almost every ailment imaginable.

It's also a power stone, which means it can be used to attract good luck, wealth, and abundance. Just place it near your cash register or in your wallet or purse.


Amethyst is known for its ability to help you relax. Many use the stone to reduce stress and anxiety. With its ability to calm the mind, people also find it useful in easing sleep problems.

Thanks to its calming properties, amethyst also helps with concentration. This stone is often used in improving focus during meditation.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a highly protective stone that has been used since ancient times. It's said to guard against negative energy and psychic attacks.

The stone is also helpful in restoring vitality and motivation. And because of its connection to the throat chakra, it can be used in improving communication.


For people who have trouble managing their emotions and thoughts, aventurine can help you find balance. It also helps you focus on positive thoughts and emotions to make better decisions about what you want from life.


Citrine is the "success" stone because it helps you achieve goals, overcome obstacles, and manifest prosperity in all areas of your life. It's also known as the "merchant's stone" because it helps increase sales, clear debts, and make wise investments.


Carnelian is a third chakra stone, our energy center for joy and creativity. Wearing the stone or keeping it in your pocket will help you get out of a creative rut.

This stone is also helpful in restoring motivation and vitality. If you're feeling low on energy, carnelian can help give you a boost.

Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is one of the most important stones you can use for protection. It is a powerful stone that can deflect negative energy and absorb radiation.

It is also purifying and stabilizing stone that clears the aura and protects you from negativity. Therefore, it will protect you from negativity and the people around you.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is known as the “love stone.” It's said to be helpful in opening up the heart chakra and promoting self-love, love for others, and forgiveness.

If you're going through a tough break-up or you're feeling lonely, this is the stone for you. Keep Rose Quartz close to help ease the pain of a broken heart.

Black Obsidian

When it comes to protection, black Obsidian is one of the best stones. It's said to guard against negative energy and psychic attacks.

The stone is also helpful in dispelling fears and negativity. And because of its connection to the root chakra, it can be used in grounding and stabilizing your energy.


Now that you know how to pick a crystal that’s right for you, it’s time to start exploring all of the different crystals that are out there. Have fun and enjoy the process!

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