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Whether you’re a geology enthusiast or just like the crystal vibes, starting your collection can be a feat. Prices, sizes, and quality can differ greatly, so consider this your personal guide to great starter stones. 

Clear Quartz

Clear quartz or crystal quartz is a mineral made of silicon dioxide (silica). It exists in many forms and comes in a variety of colors. It makes for a great starter crystal because it looks pretty and forms the base for a lot of other common crystals. It’s also fairly easy to find, being that it is the second most abundant mineral in Earth’s continental crust. It is known as the “universal power crystal.”


Amethyst is a variety of quartz with a purple hue, and it’s also the February birthstone. In ancient times, Greeks wore amethyst because they believed it would prevent intoxication. In fact, the name comes from the Greek word "amethystos," meaning "not drunken." Today, some believe it helps with sleep and mental clarity. 

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is a type of quartz with a pink hue. The color differentiation is generally due to the presence of titanium, iron, or manganese. This pinkish mineral stands for love and compassion, and many people believe it has healing and protective properties. 

Green Aventurine

The green aventurine crystal is a member of the quartz family with a green coloring. These crystals come in a variety of shades and are more opaque than other members of the quartz family. The green color suggests luck, prosperity, and wealth. 

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