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Since starting CLAY + QUARTZ, the question I get asked the most is this: 

“What are the best crystals for beginners?”⁣⁣

And I LOVE that question!⁣

Why? Because I love being able to connect with someone who's just starting out on their crystal journey! Getting the opportunity to change someone's life through crystal energy just lights me up inside!⁣

But I also know how overwhelming it can be to buy your first set of crystals. There are literally hundreds of options out there and so many different resources...how do you choose?!⁣⁣ 

When I launched CLAY + QUARTZ my goal was to make buying crystals effortless, affordable, and completely judgement free. Building your crystal collection shouldn't be an intimidating experience! ⁣⁣You don’t have to be a crystal expert or break the bank to get started with crystal healing. 

If you’re new to crystals, you truly can improve your life and energy by starting small and building your collection on the essentials.

Below I’ve broken down the quintessential crystals I suggest for any crystal newbie (and for those who are avid crystal lovers!). Combined, these classic crystals can be the catalysts for an incredible, intentional, high vibration life. 


When it comes to building your first crystal collection, I always suggest a well-rounded group of crystals that help you connect to each of your 7 Chakras. 

Chakras are the concentrated energy points in your body, each one governing a different area of your life and well-being. 

Working with crystals that connect to each one of these energy points can help you to find more balance and fulfillment. It also ensures that we’re adding crystals to your collection that cover all of the different aspects of your life! 

If you don't feel like you connect with all 7 stones, that's okay too. Trust your gut and listen to the crystals you’re drawn to the most. At the end of the day, crystal healing should be guided by your intuition. The universe always has your back.


Starting with your Root Chakra, I suggest picking up a piece of Black Tourmaline or Obsidian.

Black Tourmaline is a strong protective crystal, helping you feel more secure while purifying and neutralizing any negative energy around you. It’s also a very grounding and balancing stone - encouraging a feeling of security and aiding you in understanding yourself and others. Black Tourmaline diminishes fear, inspires compassion, and transforms dense energy into a lighter vibration. 

Black Tourmaline also offers protection from the electromagnetic frequencies emitted from cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices - which makes it a great stone for home or work.

Obsidian is another crystal commonly used for protection and healing. Obsidian helps to draw out mental stress and tension from the body and absorbs negativity from the environment - making it a great stone for sensitive souls and empaths. It’s also useful in guarding your home from any bad vibes. 


For your Sacral Chakra, which is all about passion and creativity, Carnelian makes an incredible starter stone. Carnelian can help to boost your confidence and assist you in understanding your true potential. This stone can also enhance your energy levels, increase your creativity, and restore motivation.

Carnelian is a fantastic crystal for channeling passion and power, which makes it a great stone for those looking to step outside of their comfort zones and embark on new beginnings. Adding a piece of Carnelian to your collection will help you fearlessly take action in the pursuit of your goals!


Next up is your Solar Plexus, which is all about personal power, self-confidence, and self-worth.

For this Chakra, Citrine is a must-have crystal. In general, Citrine is an essential crystal for any collection - its positive and revitalizing vibrations make it a true manifestation superstar. Citrine is great for releasing negative traits, aiding with depression, and easing any fears or phobias. 

Citrine’s bright, bold energy is also known for channeling prosperity, luck, and abundance - it helps you to envision and manifest your goals! This crystal will empower you to take control of your life and step into the best version of yourself possible. 


For the Heart Chakra, my favourite is Rose Quartz. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love, but it’s not just all about romance with this crystal.

Rose Quartz speaks to ALL kinds of love - it can help you connect and communicate more deeply with your family, aid in forming a stronger bond between spouses and friends, and even help you on your self-love journey (the most important love of all!).

The high vibration of Rose Quartz aids in soothing emotional wounds and promotes a more balanced, energetic state. All of these things (and more!) make Rose Quartz an essential and, quite possibly, one of the most important crystals of all time. 


For the Throat Chakra, Sodalite can help you to speak your truth and communicate more openly! 

Sodalite is a stone of truth and harmony. It encourages clear thought, enhances intuition, and helps in easing any fears or guilt. For those struggling with feelings of anxiety, Sodalite can bring on emotional balance and aid in calming the mind.

This crystal also increases mental and intuitive awareness - which makes it a great stone for the pursuit of knowledge or higher learning. Because of its soothing energy, Sodalite is also a great stone to use when meditating.


For your Third Eye Chakra, look to Amethyst to help you grow and learn while you embark on your crystal journey! 

Amethyst is definitely an amazing starter crystal because it’s all about mental and spiritual growth. It expands your consciousness, relieves stress, and has powerful protective properties. It also calms anxiety, soothes irritability, and can assist in balancing your moods. 

In the face of change or chaos, Amethyst will help you gain a better understanding of your true path. This stone of transcendence will help awaken your soul so you better understand your life’s purpose.


For your Crown Chakra, name a more iconic crystal than Clear Quartz...I’ll wait.

Clear Quartz is a stone of transformation, clarity, and light. Known as the “master healer” stone, it’s said to absorb and regulate energy effortlessly.

Clear Quartz brings clarity to the mind and can help you focus on your true dreams and desires. It improves memory and increases your intuition. It assists in spiritual development by removing any energy blockages that might be occurring in your body. 

It’s a powerful crystal to have in your collection because it magnifies other crystals and intentions! Having Clear Quartz around will raise and amplify the energy level of any other crystals, so place it next to your other favourite crystals to help them transmit their energies at an even higher vibration!


Selenite is the perfect crystal for beginners. Known for its powerful cleansing abilities, it clears negative energies and auras with ease. Not only will it have a cleansing effect on those who use it, but it also works on your crystals and your environment.

You can use a Selenite crystal in your home to clear, cleanse, and uplift everyone and everything in it. You can also dedicate one of your Selenite stones to cleansing and charging your crystals. If you feel that the energy of a certain stone is less vibrant than it used to be, place your Selenite next to it for 3 to 4 hours to help bring it back to its full vibration. 

Since beginner crystal collectors often struggle with cleansing and charging, I suggest Selenite to make this process as effortless as possible!


Lastly, it’s important to mention that there’s no right or wrong options when choosing a crystal! While certain crystals might align with specific goals or Chakras, the best advice I can give you when choosing a crystal is to just trust yourself.  

While this guide is meant to help inform you of some fantastic crystal options, if you feel drawn to a different type of crystal entirely - that’s okay too!

Go with the crystals you gravitate towards, feel their energy and how it interacts with your own. At the end of the day, building your crystal collection should feel intuitive to you and that’s what’s most important. 

Want to know more? My email is always open! Feel free to send me a message at clayandquartz@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram at @clayandquartz and I’d be happy to help you get started on your crystal journey. 

Love + light,