Top 5 Crystal & Mineral Holiday Destinations

With hundreds upon hundreds of uniquely-formed crystals winking intermittently in the light, crystal destinations have long been a favourite haunt for gemstone lovers. If wearing a beautiful crystal necklace round your neck or the Amethyst cluster that sits pride of place on your mantel piece simple isn’t enough to satisfy your insatiable thirst for crystals, you may want to think about going on a crystal and mineral holiday.

But where would you go? Take a look at the following five top destinations that are a big hit for crystal lovers around the world.

Cox’s Cave, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, UK

For more information about Cox’s Cave visit the Cheddar Gorge website.

This celestial underground world is brimming with wonderful crystal sculptures, mirror pools and almost fantasy fountains. This spiritual universe of crystals and other fascinating cave life is enhanced by gentle choral background music.

What’s more you can even go on The Crystal Quest, which will take you an underground journey based on the ancient beliefs of Norse sagas and Greek odysseys. This magical world is a real treat for adults and children alike, but especially those who have a penchant for crystals.

Sainte Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show 2014

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Each year the second largest crystal and mineral event in Europe is held in Sainte Marie-aux-Mines, a small town in the Alsace Mountains in France. This year this fascinating show is being held on 26 June – 29 June.

Nearly 900 exhibitors from around the world gather at this mesmerising show, pulling in a crowd of more than 25,000 mineral enthusiasts. The streets of this quintessential French village are full of tents and marques brimming with a diverse range of minerals, gems, meteorites and fossils. Crystal and mineral enthusiasts simply cannot miss the Sainte Marie-aux-Mines Mineral Show 2014.

The Crystal Caves, Niaca Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico

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Unbelievably, miners only discovered Mexico’s Crystal Caves which lie 1,000 feet below the Niaca Mine in Chihuahua 13 years ago. Home to crystals believed to be 600,000 years old, these caves a without question a top holiday destination for crystal lovers.
With its specific climate, icy-coloured gems of huge sizes really are a sight for sore eyes. Conditions are so harsh here, that tourists visiting the caves have to be supervised by scientists – An unforgettable crystal experience for any fan of these sparkling formations.

Houston Fine Mineral Show 2015, Texas, USA

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From Somerset to Mexico, France and now Houston, crystal lovers really do have an excuse to travel the world. From 24 – 26 April 2015, crystal champions should head to Houston, Texas, for the Houston Fine Mineral Show, one of the biggest highlights of the crystal show calendar.

Some of the biggest names in crystal and mineral dealing present their wares in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Houston is of course also home to the internationally-renowned Houston Museum of Natural Science, which is one of the finest crystal museums in the United States.

Crystal Cave, Bermuda

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Situated on the island of Bermuda this compelling cave features a 55-feet deep blue underground lake. At the bottom of the lake are a diverse variety of stunning crystal formations. As the water is so translucent, visitors can view these beautiful natural entities at their leisure – Quite simply a must for crystal aficionados everywhere.

Find your Favourite Crystal Animal

Calling all lovers of animals and crystals, you’re really in for a treat! You can now combine your two passions with your favourite crystal formed into the shape of your favourite animal. As we know different crystals withhold different spiritual meanings and healing powers. Similarly animals carry meaning, wisdom and power, with different animals owning varying symbolism. Combine the two together and collect crystal animals’s, not only do you get a thoroughly unique and interesting object but you are have a deeply symbolic and powerful crystal in your possession.

Quartz Crystal Dog

Hand crafted Quartz Crystal Dogs are wonderful pieces and would make a special treat for anyone who collects carved animals.
Hand crafted Quartz Crystal Dogs are wonderful pieces. Perfect for anyone who collects carved animals.

Throughout history dogs have represented guardians and protectors, earning the deserved reputation as being ‘as man’s best friend.’ Our faithful canine pets are a symbol of reliability, nobleness, loyalty, friendship, unconditional love and possess a fierce energy of protection.

Quartz also has powerful energising abilities, absorbing and releasing vigour and strength. Put the protective nature of dogs with the energising attributes of quartz together and not only do you have a beautiful hand-crafted quartz crystal dog ornament but also a powerful symbolic object of protection.

Amethyst Cat


In the spiritual world, amethyst has long been regarded as a calming stone. The serene pastel hues of these beautiful crystal drives deep into our spiritual, emotional and physical planes, leaving us balanced, calm, patient and at peace with ourselves.

Cats also have potent symbolic meanings. Our feline friends provide guardianship. They radiate sensuality and have a unique intuition that is a rare symbolic animal trait. Magic is also very much at the core of a cat’s symbolism.

When these two powerful mystic forces unite, you can enjoy the beautiful individualism of both amethyst and cats, as well as their prevailing symbol presence.

The Jade Carved Crystal Pig

Hand Carved Pigs are a pig collectors delight!
Hand Carved Pigs are a pig collectors delight! Get yours here!

The pig has long been regarded as a symbol of wealth, prosperity and luck. It is said that if the pig is your personal totem, you will learn from the creature’s determination and intuition. In short, the pig helps you take the right actions in your life.

The popular gemstone jade is also valued for its metaphysical properties and legendary uses. Jade is believed to bless whoever lays their hands upon it. Jade is the ultimate ‘dream stone’, leaving its owners with unique creative, ritualistic and insightful capabilities.

Naturally when these two powerful forms meet, the Jade Carved Crystal Pig creates coercive symbolism – If your favourite animal is a pig and your number one crystal is jade, you are in for a treat.

Black Tourmaline Bear

Read more about the Native American Bear Meaning here!

Bears possess primal power. The gentle strength of these mighty beasts make them a potent healer that is nurturing and protective. If we walk into the path of a bear it is believed we will be blessed with symbolic wisdom and strength. The native people of north America believe the bear is as free in spirit as the great wind.

Equally as spiritual is black tourmaline. This unique-looking crystal is best known for its purifying, spiritual and, similar to the bear, protective spiritual influences.

Put these two coercively protective forms together and you are left with an extremely pervasive symbol of protection and nurture.

Life Changing Healing Crystals

Crystals can help change your life in the most beautiful and positive of ways. The beauty of these stunning, timeless and utterly unique gemstones is that they work for different people in different ways. Crystals come in an almost infinite number of variations and one of the most exciting components of crystals is that within these variations come infinitely different healing and stimulating effects. If you are determined to change some aspect of your life through the powerful, pleasurable and spellbinding qualities of crystals, take a look at some of the most life changing crystals there are in existence.

Stimulate the Mind, Body & Soul with Agate

Agate has a long tradition as being used as a powerful stimulant in healing and meditation. The wonderful spiritual powers of agate means this beautiful stone strengthens your physical body, unlocks new levels of awareness in meditation. The mineral composition of Agate not only determines its distinct and thoroughly unique colour and pattern but it also crafts life-changing capabilities. In short, using agate crystals to complement meditation or merely wearing Agate jewellery or having it in the home can help stimulate the mind, body and soul and change your life forever.

Agate Slices Look Gorgeous on Display

Remedy Feuds with Carnelian Crystals

The very nature of human existence and the complexity of the human mind and sensitivity means it is only natural that we disagree, argue and even fall out with one another from time to time. Unfortunately arguments can easily translate into lifelong feuds that are seemingly unresolvable. Perhaps you fell out with your father several years ago and are both reluctant to make the first move in rectifying the problem. Or maybe you got divorced from your husband and would love to have an amicable relationship for the kids sake but sadly can’t be in the same room as one another. Long-term feuds can shatter and destroy relationships, casting a murky shadow on our lives.

The good news is that with carnelian we can mend what seems like unresolvable relationships. The unique properties found in the brightening and beautiful stone of Carnelian helps remove tension between human beings. What’s more, the calming and soothing qualities of Carnelian can help prevent any major bust ups from occurring again. In rectifying the bond between you and someone you once considered close, Carnelian crystal will change your life forever.

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Find a Soul Mate with Rhodochrosite

What could be a more life-changing event than finding your soul mate? Whether you’re in your twenties, thirties, fifties or even seventies, finding a soul mate will change your life forever. Perhaps you’ve never found a soul mate before. Or perhaps you are looking for a new soul mate? Either way the smooth, vibrant and unrivalled look and tone of Rhodochrosite not only looks great but the magnetic powers of this potent crystal is believed to be able to help those who utilise its powers bewitch anyone they desire – life changing qualities, that’s for sure.

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Diamond Rain on Saturn & Jupiter

With diamonds draped from your ears, wrists, neck and even navel, it’s safe to say you’re a diamond lover. In fact from a very young age, you’ve dreamt about being the owner and hoarder of diamonds in many different shapes, sizes and forms. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend with reason – they are beautiful, lavish and denote style, affluence and taste.

If you consider yourself a devoted collector of diamonds, the following story of ‘diamond rain’ falling on Saturn and Jupiter, will certainly whet your insatiable thirst for diamonds further – could it be that you could reach these diamond-drenched planets one day?

Scientists from the United States have worked out that diamonds the size of the ones Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton love to flaunt could soon be raining down on Saturn and Jupiter. You may want to rub your eyes and read that sentence again but to save you from the bother, we’ll reiterate it again – Hollywood-sized diamonds could rain down on planets in our solar system.

The BBC Reports on Diamond Rain Discovered

Dazzling Crystal Carbon

New atmospheric data indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form. The scientists say that lightning storms will turn methane into carbon. When the carbon falls it hardens into larger chunks of graphite which eventually turns into diamonds. The findings were uncovered at the meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences in Colorado. Talking at a conference, the American scientists said that these diamond “hail stones” eventually melts into a sea of liquid in our planet’s hot cores.

Doctor Kevin Baines, of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the biggest diamond “hail stones” would be likely to be approximately a centimetre in diameter. “Big enough to put on a ring, although of course they would be uncut,” said Dr. Baines. Just to deepen of pangs of diamond desire even further, the scientist added the diamonds would be the size of the ones the later Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor would have been “proud to wear.”

“The bottom line is that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn. People ask me – how can you really tell? Because there’s no way you can go and observe it. It all boils down to the chemistry. And we think we’re pretty certain,” added Dr. Baines.

10 Things to Know about Saturn

Uranus & Neptune Harbourers of Gemstones?

It has long been thought that Uranus and Neptune have harboured gemstones. Up until now it was widely believed Saturn and Jupiter did not have the right atmospheres to nurture crystals. By analysing the temperature and pressure predictions for the planets’ interiors, the scientists concluded that diamond crystals will “hail down over a huge region” ODF Saturn in particular. We say, the sooner they find a means to travel to Saturn and Jupiter, the better.

Eye Catching Agate Bookends

What’s the most versatile crystal of all? It’s a tough question to answer but you’d be hard pushed not to include Agate as a contender. One of the reasons Agate is such a versatile gemstone is due to the fact it is found all over the world, in almost every colour of the rainbow. From rich blues to hot pinks, deep purples to vibrant turquoise, Agate comes in a myriad of hues. Consequently this beautiful precious stone is used in jewellery and as ornaments in many different guises, even bookends.

Yes, so beautiful, individual and sacred is Agate that it is now being used in homes as a novel, interesting and stylish way to hold stacks of books together. As well as looking fantastic and being a talking point when friends and family come to the house, owners of Agate bookends will also enjoy the unique energy effects of this truly unique crystal.

Balance And Protection

Agate is formed in nearly all colors, from clear transparent crystals, to banded stones of earthy hues.
Agate is formed in nearly all colors, from clear transparent crystals, to banded stones of earthy hues.

It has long been believed that Agate can improve concentration and balance out any unequal energy in a room. By enhancing mental function, improving perception, analytical abilities and concentration, Agate is the perfect gemstone to bring to a space designed for reading. Asides its mental qualities, the unique empowering qualities of Agate means it is said to be able to soothe, calm and alleviate tension and inner anger, creating a sense of safety and security. The unrivalled protecting and mentally stimulating properties of Agate means it is the ideal stone to have present in a room designed to be quiet, relaxing and mentally empowering.

A Potent Interior Design Accessory

Combining natural style and positive crystal energy, these agate crystal bookends are a wonderful gift for housewarmings, birthdays and any occasion.
Agate is believed to aid concentration and create harmony, so these bookends are ideal for a busy home or office.

Increasingly homeowners and interior designers that are ‘in the know’ are weaving crystals and gemstones into interiors to create a distinct, stylish and energising living environment. Coming in numerous colours and shades, Agate bookends complement a wide range of colour palettes and décor. For example, these rich blue Agate bookends will brighten up a room of virtually every colour and style. By contrast, if you are looking for bookends to really stand out, these pink Agate bookends will add colour, depth and intrigue to even the most drab of interiors. Or perhaps you want bookends that blend more seamlessly into existing décor. In this case, natural grey/brown Agate bookends are likely to be the most suitable colour, bringing a touch of style and class into any room.

A Striking Yet Useful Ornament

Agate Geodes - Blue
Agate Geodes – Blue
Agate Geode - Mauve
Agate Geode – Mauve
Agate Geode - Pink
Agate Geode – Pink

Striking ornaments never fail to rouse conversation and create talking points at dinner parties and other occassions. Agate bookends are certainly striking yet at the same time, being heavy, robust and virtually unbreakable, are the perfect stone to keep stacks of books in place. What’s more, being the stone that empowers mental qualities and augments concentration, there could not be a more apt material than Agate to be used as decorative and meaningful bookends.

Learn About Crystals & Energy Bonds

From helping boost your career, tuning psychic skills, improving your memory to bringing some passion back into a relationship, is there anything crystals don’t have the power to do? Crystals have had a long tradition with aiding healing and promoting energy and power. Due to a gemstone’s unique internal structure, energy bonds formed vary from crystal to crystal. Consequently, different crystals create different energising effects. Take a look at some of the most powerful energy bonds and effects caused by different crystals.

Empower Love Bonds With Rubies

Ruby has always been associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment and closeness.
Ruby has always been associated with love, especially faithful passionate commitment and closeness.

Do you dream of rekindling some passion into a now stagnant relationship? Are you looking for a handsome prince to come and sweep you off your feet? Or maybe you strive for someone to love you and show you some affection. Whatever love and romance quests you may seek, Rubies could be the answer.

The passionate energy bonds Rubies are renowned for means that wearing a Ruby pendant around your neck or placing some Ruby Tumblestones in your bedroom can help unleash your inner sexual desires and make you irresistible to your dream partner.

Deepen Friendship Bonds With Rhodonite

Rhodonite is a known Stone of Inspiration, bringing the inspiration of love via the heart and mind.
Rhodonite is a known Stone of Inspiration, bringing the inspiration of love via the heart and mind.

The smooth and polished texture of Rhodonite with its warm and vibrant tones of pinks and reds look both stunning and uplifting. Asides its obvious aesthetic qualities, Rhodonite possesses unique eternal energy bonds, which can help its owners connect with others. Perhaps you had a fall out with your Mum some time ago and would like to arouse the bond you once had? Or maybe you feel yourself and your best friend are drifting apart? Whatever relationship you are unhappy with Rhodonite can help you form a closer bond. The unique energising structures Rhodonite possesses are believed to help strengthen a sense of compassion, empathy and respect for those around you.

Develop A Forgiveness Bond With Topaz

Blue Topaz has been said to be extremely helpful to those who are angry.
Blue Topaz has been said to be extremely helpful to those who are angry.

Topaz was valued deeply by ancient cultures, which considered it aligned with the sun. Over the centuries this stunning precious gemstone has retained its unique capacity to heal and energise. As well as strengthening self-confidence and instilling ambition, creativity and drive in its wearers, topaz can help master forgiveness. It is said that wearing a Topaz pendant close to your heart will augment the empathy you feel towards those around you. It can help you overcome any negative feelings you have towards someone, ultimately promoting forgiveness even in the most stubborn of relationships.

Energy Bonds To Eliminate Adultery With Jade

Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm. Its action balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm.
Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm. Its action balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm.

The smooth touch and calming tones of Jade has meant this beautiful crystal has long been prized for its ability to calm the nervous system and focus the mind. It is also said that the distinct bonds formed by Jade can help protect a relationship and help lovers remain loyal. Known as the stone of fidelity, wearing a Jade piece of jewellery or merely having a piece of Jade stone in the home can prevent partners’ eyes and hands from wandering elsewhere. With Jade, all affections remain where they should be.

Discovery of the Oldest Crystal of Earth’s Crust

There’s exciting news in the world of crystallography. A minuscule crystal that is 4.4 billion years old has been discovered. The tiny Zircon has been confirmed as being the oldest fragment of the Earth’s crust.

The finding of the world’s oldest fragment has been reported in the Journal of Nature Geoscience. The piece of rock was found in sandstone in the Jack Hills area of Western Australia. Scientists were able to give the Zircon an age by analysing its lead atoms and Uranium. The Uranium decays into the lead atoms extremely slowly over time and can be used by scientists like a clock to trace age.

The implications of the discovery of the ancient Zircon is that our planet had formed a solid crust much sooner than what’s been widely perceived. Before the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago, it would have been a ball of molten magma. Through the discovery and calculating the age of the tiny crystal, scientists now have evidence to believe that the Earth’s surface hardened much earlier. This therefore poses the possibility that our planet had become ready to horde life not long after its formation.

“This is the oldest and the best dated of all the crystals that have been reported. This confirms our view of how the Earth cooled and became habitable,” said Professor John Valley, from the University of Wisconsin, US and lead author of the study. 

“We have no evidence that life existed then. We have no evidence that it didn’t. But there is no reason why life could not have existed on Earth 4.3 billion years ago,” continued the Professor. 

BBC Report that Crystal is 'oldest scrap of Earth crust'. Read the full story here!
BBC Report that Crystal is ‘oldest scrap of Earth crust’. Read the full story here!

Glows From Red To Blue

One of the greatest components of crystals is their unique, vibrant and dazzling tones. From the deep and serene shades of purple Amethyst crystals to the beautiful earthy browns, yellows and reds of Citrine, if you’re a fan of crystals, no doubt you’ll know all the different colours, shades and properties of the many different types of precious stones.

The crystal found in the sheep ranch in Western Australia is translucent red, a bit like a Ruby. However, as John Valley states, the tiny Zircon crystal glows blue when its bombarded with electrons.

Citrine Crystal
The Beautiful Colours of Citrine Crystal

A New Technique In The Study Of Crystals

In 2001 John Valley and his team of scientists carried out studies on another crystal found in the same Jack Hills area in Western Australia. There had however been inconclusiveness when trying to determine the age of the crystal. The new method of studying the age of crystals, which was used on the recent ancient crystal finding, is known as atom-probe tomography. It enables scientists to image single atoms of lead and work out the isotape ratio. The scientists found that the clumps of lead atoms in the crystal had formed 1 billion years following the crystallisation of the Zircon. This meant the lead atoms hadn’t moved enough to prevent the crystallographers from determining its real age. The team of scientists were therefore able to determine the exact age of the crystal – 4.4 billion years old.

So the next time you glance down at your Amethyst pendant or look up at your Quartz cluster on the mantle piece, have a thought at just how long crystals have existed – since Earth began.

Must Have Crystals For Every Home

Placing crystals around the home gives a house playful snippets of colour, vibrancy and life. Asides making great decorative accessories, putting crystals in strategic positions around the home can have beneficial effects to those living in the property. But which crystals should we place in our homes? Where should we put them? And what benefits will these crystals create?

Place Rose Quartz In A Bedroom For Romance

Rose Quartz Crystal
Rose Quartz Crystal

Rose Quartz has long been synonymous with love and romance. This stunning pale pink crystal is fondly known as the ‘Love Stone’. It is believed that Rose Quartz opens the heart chakra and encourages forgiveness, helping craft unconditional love. Placing Rose Quartz in the far right-hand corner of your home brings harmony to the household and creates harmonic relationships between those who live in the house. It is also said that placing a Rose Quartz crystal in the far right corner of your bedroom will rekindle romance and draw in romance if you are single.

Citrine For Household Prosperity

Citrine Crystal
Citrine Crystal

If you’re looking for financial security and a prosperous year then placing Citrine in the home could be the answer. Citrine has been referred to as the Merchant’s Stone. Either carrying or wearing this stunning gemstone is believed to bring positive effects to a person’s cash flow. Placing a Citrine crystal in the ‘wealth corner’ of the home is said to welcome wealth and prosperity into one’s life. The ‘wealth corner’ can be found in the furthest left-hand corner of the room. Alternatively you could place a piece of Citrine stone in your wallet for similar monetary effects.

Luck And Worldly Wisdom With Jade

Jade Crystal
Jade Crystal

The smooth delicate hues of Jade tend to have a calming effect. For centuries Jade has been used to heal the body and mind. These potent healing powers include purifying thoughts and promoting gentleness. In the home, Jade ornaments, such as this beautifully smooth Jade pyramid, will provide a fresh and vibrant touch to any style of interior. It is believed placing Jade to the east of the home will bestow worldly wisdom, long life, generosity and wealth on every member of the household.

Fluorite On A Computer

Fluorite Crystal
Fluorite Crystal

Fluorite is another crystal that’s striking in appearance and therefore makes a great ornament in a home. Coming in numerous variations of colours, ranging from smoky browns, light greens and pale blues, these stunning gemstones can complement a wide range of colour palettes. It is believed placing Fluorite on the computer can help protect the household from harmful emissions.

Protect The Home And Lose Weight With Carnelian

Carnelian Crystal
Carnelian Crystal

Placing Carnelian by the front door is said to protect the home and its members from negativity. What’s more, by supporting vitality and stimulating the metabolism, Carnelian can help inject energy into a home and could even help you lose weight.

With such a diverse range of beautiful and unique crystals at our disposal, you could always experiment with different gemstones and have fun finding out which ones look best in your home and which crystal properties make the most positive effects.

Crystals for magic

Crystals are fondly admired for their sparklingly beautiful aesthetics and potent healing powers. Did you know crystals can also be used in magic? As many crystals are attributed to some aspect of human experience, Pagan and Wiccan societies use what they regard as magical crystals to heighten these magical healing powers. Take a look at some of the ways and the different types of crystals that can be used in crystal magic.

How can you implement the ‘magic’ of crystals?

For some people merely having a crystal rock in their pocket enables their bodies to extract the therapeutic powers of the crystal. For example, carrying an Agate Crystal Heart in their pocket will provide an effective way to give them harmony and peace. Others prefer to extract the magical powers of crystals by wearing a stunning piece of gemstone jewellery. For example, wearing a Chakra and Quartz Silver Pendant around the neck enables light to shine through the crystals. The light created by the quartz penetrates into the wearer’s body and by doing so creates a greater flow of energy and helps to balance the mind and spirit. Such a pendant would therefore make the perfect tool in those interested in ‘crystal magic’ and balancing the body, mind and spirit through gemstones.

Tumblestones are often used making spells or meditating.
Tumblestones are often used making spells or meditating.

For others, ‘crystal magic’ involves using smaller pieces of crystals, typically in the form of tumblestones, as an aid when making spells or meditating. Tumblestones are crafted by tumble polishing once rough pebbles of crystal. The end result is beautiful smooth and polished pieces of crystal stone, which are perfect for holding and meditating with or, in some instances, making spells. If, for example, you are seeking a way to have greater luck and prosperity in your life, African jade tumble stone is widely believed to be able to grant such fortune on those who believe it. These beautiful green crystals with unique swirls of white running through them, certainly look and feel like they could work magic, even on those most cynical of alternative healing practices.

Visualising with ‘magic crystals’

Clear Quartz being used when meditating
Clear Quartz being used when meditating.

If you are implementing crystals into a meditating routine in order for the ‘magic’ to be most effective, it is important to ‘visualise’ the energy. When you are holding or wearing a crystal, ground and centre yourself, then visualise the Earth’s energy coming through your feet and up through your body.

Picking the right crystal for you

Of course before embarking on ‘crystal magic’, it is important that you pick the right stone to cater for your own special needs and requirements. If, for example, you are seeking balance and protection, agate would be the right crystal for you. To ensure you mediate or ‘make spells’ with the right crystal, take a look at this crystal guide, so you are aware of the unique healing powers of each individual crystal.

Preseli Bluestone: The Stonehenge Stone

The popularity among crystal collectors of Preseli Bluestone has significantly increased over the last decade or so, mostly due to emerging sources making more of it available when once it was extremely scarce. That previous scarcity of Preseli Bluestone was due to its abundance in certain heritage sites which are protected making its acquisition somewhat difficult without some cloak and dagger antics. Or cloak and rock hammer, to be more precise.

Specimens of this special stone can vary in colour quite dramatically, often being speckled with various lighter hues among the mostly blue, green and grey surface. Some polished examples feature very few speckles, while others feature intricate patterns reminiscent of the spectacular nebulas recent space exploration probes have sent back images of.

The Most Famous Bluestone Stones in the World

Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.
Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

The famous standing stones of Stonehenge are all made of Preseli Bluestone, which is a metamorphic rock also known as a Dolerite. There are several theories floating around as to how they arrived in the southern English county of Wiltshire from their origin 250 miles away in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Unfortunately, the ancient culture who built Stonehenge left no written records so how it all happened will likely never be truly known.

While there are many magical and supernatural theories surrounding the mysterious arrival of the Stonehenge Preseli Bluestones, it has also been demonstrated that Neolithic technology such as shear legs was more than capable of moving the enormous stones over significant distances.

One thing we know is that the ancient cultures of the time Stonehenge first began being constructed were very keen on using Bluestone, and their preference for it and ability to work it is obvious from the many Bluestone tools and implements that have been discovered in the areas where Bluestone can be found.

A Breakthrough in Preseli Bluestone Procurement

We have a wide selection of Preseli Bluestone products.
We have a wide selection of Preseli Bluestone products.

This historical value of the sites where Preseli Bluestone was abundant was the primary reason why the stones remained extremely rare away from those sites, but a few years ago a small business called Preseli Bluestone Limited (PBL) secured the rights to quarry limited amounts of the valued rock from previously off-limits sites in Pembrokeshire and the availability of the special stones has relatively boomed since.

The availability of these new specimens of Preseli Bluestone allowed crystal healers and collectors to extensively research the metaphysical properties and believed healing energies present in the stones. Their findings were quite incredible and of enormous interest and value to crystal enthusiasts everywhere.

The Magical Aura of Preseli Bluestone

Preseli Bluestone
Preseli Bluestone
Preseli Bluestone Celestial Angel
Preseli Bluestone Celestial Angel
Preseli Bluestone Pyramid
Preseli Bluestone Pyramid

Bluestone already had a reputation as a powerful stone, with ancient lore describing its power being derived from being given as a gift, but the scant examples meant there was little modern research. That all changed when PBL contacted crystal experts Sue and Simon Lilley (authors of ‘The Essential Crystal Handbook’) and asked them to explore the healing properties of the stones they were now able to provide a consistent source of.

Using their connections to experienced crystal healers, the renowned authors discovered that both psychics and ‘sensitives’ were quick to notice the stones’ magical auras, with their investigation revealing the Preseli Bluestone to be a ‘powerful catalyst for spiritual insight and healing’.

Further research reported Preseli Bluestone as having metaphysical properties that can aid with travelling beyond time as well as a tool to connect with the past. Described as a doorway to other dimensions, the stones are believed to have a multitude of healing capabilities.

Using Preseli Bluestone as a Healing Crystal

Experience the beauty of Stonehenge.

Bluestone has a direct correlation to the healing of the head and neck areas, specifically the throat, ears and nose, and thus should be used in conjunction with the Crown Chakra. It has the ability to both relax and energise according to the purpose of its use, while helping simplify complicated relationships through the control and maintenance of emotional stability.

It’s a grounding stone, keeping you steady and clear-headed and can be used to accentuate the use of ritual sounds, movements and colours. Bluestone can be also used in a combination with other crystals, with Clear Quartz especially recommended along with blue coloured crystals.

It is still a relatively rare commodity, so its use and collection should be always bear this in mind as there is a finite amount of it available. But there’s no doubt that Preseli Bluestone has incredible metaphysical properties, and while the methods of transporting those famous stones 250 miles maybe still be a mystery, it has become very clear exactly why those particular stones were chosen.