Crystals are like the Miranda Kerr of the mineral world: They do so much more than just sit there and look pretty—and to write them off as such would be a big mistake.
In Crystals, the first title in Los Angeles-based (obviously) Hat & Beard Press’s The New New Age series exploring spirituality in the modern world, editor Jessica Hundley details the emotional, spiritual, and healing powers of 50 of nature’s finest and shares insight into the best way to care, keep, and cultivate connection with the stones.
With a basic understanding of the properties that each gem, rock, and ore possesses, it’s easy enough to find vibrational frequencies to your benefit. Just keeping them around is a plus. But to amplify their effects, Hundley shares her picks for strategic placement around the house and complementary plants, herbs, and objects to really bring out their best.
In your studio or creative workshop
The stone: Natural Citrine
- Opens inner perception
- Increases clarity of thought
- Enhances creativity
- Ignites one’s power of manifestation
- Stimulates creativity and imagination
- Helps to overcome adversity
- Encourages decisive action
- Clears emotional and mental blocks
Any cactus or succulent. I love these because they are easy to care for, and come in an endless array of shapes and sizes. To me, cacti and succulents are defiant sculptural art in plant form, inspiration to create and thrive despite the odds.
Looking at art always helps to inspire it. I’m continually blown away by the new wave of ceramic and glass artists and the idea of working with fragile, hard to manipulate materials to create something intricately beautiful, like this sacred geometry stained glass Mandala from artist Colin Adrian.
In your dining room, living room, or kitchen
The stone: Aragonite
- Balances energy
- Encourages emotional healing
- Removes emotional blocks
- Assists in self-awareness and inner work
- Facilitates connection to higher consciousness/meditative states
- Offers renewed energy and confidenceReleases attachment to drama and ego
Spices like cardamom have long been used to invigorate, warm, and energize. In this amazing smelling candle collaboration between Le Feu de L’eau and Edible Gardens LA cardamom is mixed with bright scents like parsley and eucalyptus.
Any object LA designer Tracy Wilkinson makes, makes me smile. I’m always astounded at her pieces and the imagination, skill, and playfulness that go into creating them.
In your office or workspace
The stone: Fluorite
- Enhances mental clarity
- Clears negative energy
- Improves decision-making abilities
- Encourages coherent and incisive thinking
- Soothes anxieties and stress
- Helps with memorization and retention of ideas and information
- Ignites clear and cohesive action
- Balances left and right brain
The good old fashioned spider plant—decorative, hearty, but also one of the most powerful air purifiers out there. NASA studies on the space station have shown that spider plants clean carbon monoxide and chemicals like formaldehyde from the hair. Plus, they’re very pretty.
Sure, you need to keep track of the daily grind with datebooks and desk calendars, but what about the phases of the moon and the movement universe? These beautiful moon calendar prints and “Planespheres” from Ojai artist Jeremy Redina add a cosmic touch to any office space.
In your bathroom, or any room where you want to purify and cleanse
The stone: Desert Rose
- Calms the mind
- Encourages meditative states
- Aids in mental clarity and acuity
- Strengthens affirmations
- Helps with focus and attention
- Protects and neutralizes negative energy
- Removes energetic blocks
- Encourages clarity in decision-making
Sage, sage and more sage. You can brew it as a tea, burn it as incense, and diffuse it as an essential oil. It purifies the air and clears bad vibes. I love the sage products from Juniper Ridge—they source all their plants through walkabout adventures in the Western wilderness.
Nothing better than water and purifying charcoal to cleanse and purify. This simple glass bottle from Kaufmann Mercantile is both elegant and functional.
In your bedroom, or the space where you relax
The stone: Amethyst
Ignites spiritual exploration, connection and protection
Enhances and protects physical environments
Wards off negativity
Aids in giving up unwanted habitual behaviors
Helps in identifying root cause of deeply held behaviors and patterns
Nurtures calmness and clarity
Facilitates meditative states
Lavender is my go-to for calming and soothing the mind and body. You can add to bathwater or spray on sheets before bed. One of my most used lavender products is Poppy and Someday’s Marfa Moon Mist, which blends the herb with a magical mix of frankincense and ylang ylang and is named after one of the most magical spots in Texas.
I’m relatively new to surfing and nothing makes me more relaxed (and exhausted). These new surf robes from Mr. Merz are perfect post waves, pool, or leisurely bath. The line is wryly called “Quiet Time” for a reason.