If you're diving into the exciting world of crystals for the first time, you may get a bit overwhelmed because there are many different types of crystals.  By learning a little bit about them, you can make an informed buying decision. The goal of this post is to discuss the 5 most common and popular crystals.

1. Amethyst

Amethyst is one of the most popular crystals. For thousands of years in cultures across the world, many people have believed that this gorgeous crystal has energising, calming and healing properties.

Even if you are a skeptic and don't believe in the healing properties of amethyst, you will fall in love with this crystal just by looking at it. If you just want to wear a crystal as a bracelet or a necklace, amethyst can be a great option.

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz, mined in Uruguay and Brazil. The naturally irradiated iron inclusions are responsible for the purple colour. The level of irradiation determines how dark or light the colour is.

Before the 18th century, amethyst was considered as valuable as rubies, diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. It became significantly cheaper when large deposits were discovered in South America.


2. Clear Quartz

Also known as crystal quartz, this mineral is made of silicone and oxygen atoms. Clear quartz is transparent, and has a vitreous luster. In some places, this mineral is also known as rock crystals.

Clear Quartz has long been used as jewellery by both men and women. This crystal feels good against the skin. It is easy to use, inexpensive, and can be used anywhere. Clear quartz is available in many sizes and shapes, so there are plenty of options to choose from.


3. Rose Quartz

Rose quartz, a popular crystal for jewellery, is the pink variety of quartz. This variety is abundantly available in many different locations of the world. The pink colour is attributed to a specific variety of dumortierite. This crystal is not transparent; it’s translucent.

Pink transparent quartz exists, but it is rare. The colour can range from a rich translucent pink to almost imperceptible pink. To display the color, this crystal is usually cut into beads, faceted stones and cabochons of 8 millimeters or larger.


3. Black Tourmaline

The main ingredient of black tourmaline stones is boron, which is a naturally occurring element. However, the chemical formula of the formation of black tourmaline is very complex. Molten rock or magma is the major source of boron. Apart from boron, black tourmaline stones contain aluminum, silicon, and several hydrate molecules.

Black gemstones, including tourmaline, are not easy to find, and that is why they are so intriguing and alluring when set in pieces of jewellery. The pitch-black color of black tourmaline exudes a mysterious aura.


4.Citrine

Throughout history, citrine has been prized for its beauty. This gorgeous crystal is in fact a variety of quartz with an orange to yellow color. Citrine is popular for its high clarity, attractive colour, durability, and low price.

In the past, citrine was often confused with topaz. Its colour ranges from brownish orange to yellowish orange to orange yellow to yellow. These days, the most popular shades of citrine are earthy, reddish and brownish orange.

Final thoughts

Apart from the ones discussed above, there are plenty of other crystals and some of them are very popular.  If you are going to wear crystals for the first time, feel free to choose a variety of quartz from Botanical H2o. Many shades are available, and chances are that you will fall in love with one.