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

For further information on a such a captivating and interesting crystal event visit the website.

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

For more information about The Crystal Caves, visit the website.

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

For more information about the Houston Fine Mineral Show visit the website.

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

For more information about The Crystal & Fantasy Caves, visit the website.

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.

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.

The Power of Crystal Domes

Crystal Healer with Energy Domes
Crystal Healer with Energy Domes

Fans of crystals and crystal healing are often faced with the quandary of where to place their crystals. In the home, crystals can be arranged virtually anywhere – especially in Feng Shui areas like the corners of each room. Although some people prefer the random placement of crystals, others prefer a more organized approach to their collection. Crystal Energy Domes are an excellent way of displaying and benefiting from your favourite crystals in a neat and compact way.

For those of you who want to bring the positive effect of crystals to the workplace but are not too comfortable about displaying large clusters of amethyst or black tourmaline in your work area, our energy domes provide a discreet and attractive way of bringing crystal energy to the workplace. Each dome is only 4.5cm (1.8”) in height and so can be positioned near to your work monitor.

Energy Domes for Crystal Healing

An Amethyst Energy Dome not only brightens up your desk but is said to neutralize the electromagnetic field coming from your PC. Amethyst domes are ideal for the home as well, as they are said to offer soothing and cleansing energies, assisting sleep and dispelling headaches.

For anyone recuperating from illness or suffering from depression, a Rubellite Energy Dome is an ideal choice. Rubellite is believed to be a powerful anti-depressant, and has been used to send out healing light that helps relieve the negative, stressful emotions associated with illness.

For a boost of positive emotions, the Oregon Sunstone Energy Domes are a great choice. Believed to help invigorate dulled emotions and promote an uplifting vibration, Oregon sunstone is also used in the healing of sinus problems and damage to bone and soft tissue.

Energy domes are a great choice when you are looking for a special crystal gift. Here at CrystalAge, we have a superb range of crystal gifts for the home that will inspire you!

Amethyst Energy Dome
Amethyst Energy Dome
Rubellite Energy Dome
Rubellite Energy Dome
Oregon Sunstone Energy Dome
Oregon Sunstone Energy Dome

Crystals For The Home

Crystals are a wonderful way of decorating your home, and are said to have the added benefit of clearing your domicile of negative energy. Crystals for the home can be any size, shape, or colour – the choice is up to you and your own personal taste.  Not only will they bring colour and shine to your space, they are superb conversation pieces as well!

Crystal Hearts
Crystal Hearts

The gorgeous violet brilliance of amethyst looks wonderful in any home. It is believed to absorb negative energy and to fill the room with its own positivity. Try setting an amethyst cluster on your living room table or any room where people gather. Not only is it highly decorative it is said to clear and calm the energy of the room.

You could also consider quartz crystals for your home. Like amethyst, this is also used to bring vibrancy to the house.

As stated in our blog entitled Crystals In The Workplace, the energy of tourmalinated quartz (quartz with black tourmalene rods running through it) is said to bring both clarity and protection into one’s abode. A Selenite gypsum lamp can be used in a room where you want to keep the energy lively and is ideal for a treatment room if you work from home.

Crystal Energy at Home

If you are looking for something ornamental of a more recognisable shape, you will love our charming collection of crystal animals. If you’re an animal lover you’ll love browsing through our great range of crystal animal figures. You may also want to have a look at our sweet crystal hearts. Have them on their own, or in a line, or even filling a bowl.

A very popular little item is the energy dome. Small and discreet, they can be key areas in the home (or workplace). The benefit you want depends on the crystal you choose. Sulphur, carborundum, clear quartz, and amethyst energy domes are just a few suggestions and all are said to have clearing and calming effects on the surrounding space.

So, if your desire is to make your home beautiful, interesting, and brimming with positive energy, have a look at what CrystalAge has to offer.

Amethyst Cluster
Amethyst Cluster
Rose Quartz Crystal Duck
Rose Quartz Crystal Duck
Sulphur Energy Dome
Sulphur Energy Dome

Crystals & Feng Shui Home Tips Part 2 of 2

The art of Feng Shui is an ancient one. People have looked to it to adjust the flow of energies within their home and often practice it in conjunction with healing crystals. Crystals are well regarded as having direct effects on positive and negative energies. In the previous blog we talked about the importance of keeping energies flowing freely and ensuring that positive energies are strong within the home using crystals such as clear quartz to bring balance.


Crystals for the Home
Crystals for the Home

Feng Shui and crystals can also help create protective barriers against negativity. In these times of high stress, many people find themselves feeling that they are constantly under pressure. Like the increasing number of people who turn to crystals for positive energy, you too can try crystals to protect you from the negativity that surrounds us. Black crystals work especially well for this, as they are very grounding and are said to keep you from feeling vulnerable but you could also consider other black crystals such as smoky quartz, obsidian, and jet.

In today’s high-tech age where personal computers and mobile phones are everywhere, there now exists the ever-present danger of electromagnetic radiation (EMF). There is far more EMF in our modern world than the body is used to taking in. Crystal users often look to rose quartz as well as rutilated (or ‘Angel Hair’) quartz to have near to the PC, television set, or mobile phone. Janelle Scialla, a Master Crystal Practitioner and host of an insightful programme of videos on the subject of crystal healing, prefers to use black tourmaline and has stated ‘I have tested black tourmaline with an EMF reader. I can see that there’s a difference between the EMF reading when I’m holding it between the reader and the computer.’ Another popular choice is black tourmaline with mica, whose silvery shine is believed to reflect away negative energy.


Advocates of Feng Shui say that even the flushing of a toilet or draining of a sink can adversely affect a home’s energy. Water is very cleansing and is said to wash away energy, positive as well as negative. A crystal often selected to combat this problem is a clear quartz point. Try taping one to the U-bend of the water pipe, pointing it upwards so that you are directing the energy back into the room.

If you have a very old house, it is likely that there is a well underneath the building. Feng Shui masters believe that this creates a vortex which pulls the energy from your house down into the well, like water going down a drain. A large chunk of rose quartz is often used in such situations, since it is said to have the effect of dampening down the vortex effect completely.

Whether you wish to delve into the mysteries of Feng Shui or not, you can always look to the wonder of crystals to enhance your own energy as well as that of your home.

Rose Quartz Buddha
Rose Quartz Buddha
Obsidian Crystal Pendulum
Obsidian Crystal Pendulum
Rutilated Quartz Freeform
Rutilated Quartz Freeform


Crystal Pendulums

Pendulums have been used for centuries to sway and direct people in a number of ways. It has been claimed that Egyptian astronomer Ibn Yunis used a pendulum in the 10th century to measure time and many of Leonard da Vinci’s drawings featured pendulums.  We have many beautiful Crystal Pendulum products to choose from featuring some of the most precious and visual gemstones which are small enough to carry around but believed to be powerful enough to detect energy fields and energy imbalances in the body.

Tree Jasper Crystal Pendulum
Rhodonite Crystal Pendulum
Lapis Lazuli Crystal Pendulum


Energy Domes Look Great in the Office & Home

Perhaps you are a crystal collector, healer or maybe you just love the beauty of them, whatever fascinates you about crystals you can enjoy them at their best by means of energy domes. These energy domes are transparent domes filled with your chosen crystal, packed tightly the combined power of the crystals is said to be strong. Depending on which crystal you choose, you can use energy domes for a number of different reasons including everything from encouraging love to making your office look cool.

Carborundum Energy Domes

Carborundum Energy Dome

This lovely carborundum energy dome is a good way to bring positive energy into your home or office. It is said that in each carborundum energy dome the crystals radiate and emanate their energy in a concentrated fashion. Carborundum is a man-made crystal and it has a lovely rainbow effect to it, which reflects in the light. Many people use carborundum to encourage mental activity, motivation and concentration. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, headaches and eyestrain related to computer use find carborundum very helpful in blocking harmful electromagnetic radiation.

Other Energy Domes

Amethyst Energy Dome
Blue Lace Energy Dome
Citrine Energy Dome

Emerald Energy Dome

Lapis Lazuli Dome

Quartz Energy Dome
Peridot Energy Dome

Prehnite Energy Dome

Pyrite Energy Dome

Rhodochrisite Energy Dome
Rose Quartz Energy Dome

Turquoise Beads Could Refresh Body & Spirit

Turquoise is considered a very important crystal and you can use turquoise beads in jewellery making, healing and simply decorating your home and accessories. Crystal healers say that turquoise is the most efficient healer, being beneficial to the spirit and body. Turquoise Beads and other forms of the crystal have been used for many years as a protective stone, as well as for making amulets due to the stunning bright colour.

Turquoise Beads Psychological Effects

Many use turquoise for its strength, it is said to dissolve martyred attitudes and self-sabotage which could be crucial in helping those who suffer from these issues. Turquoise can help to restore inner calm, whilst keeping you alert to danger, it is also believed to help people express themselves creatively. In an emotional sense turquoise has been used in the past to control mood swings as well as to stimulate romance and love.

Turquoise Beads Physical Effects

If you are exhausted, depressed, or suffer with panic attacks then you could find turquoise to help with it. One of the many protective functions of turquoise is said to be against outside influences and pollutants in the atmosphere.

10mm China Turquoise Beads
Mini China Turquoise Beads

Tourmaline Crystal Beads

3mm Half Round Watermelon Tourmaline Beads

If you want to add a warming pretty tone to your look or benefit from the associated positive benefits tourmaline crystal beads are believed to have then try them out. Tourmaline Crystal Beads are said to cleanse, purify and transform dense energy into light vibrations. Many use tourmaline crystal beads and other forms of tourmaline for the beneficial effect it is said to have on gardens and plants. It is said that tourmaline can in-fact act as an insecticide, keeping pests at bay, if you bury tourmaline in the ground, it could encourage growth and health of crops.

Tourmaline Crystal Beads Apparent Psychological Effects

Some people believe that using tourmaline crystal beads can help in the understanding of oneself and others, promoting self-confidence and diminishing fear. Others use tourmaline crystal to banish feelings of being a victim, attracting inspiration, compassion, tolerance and prosperity.

3mm Half Round Watermelon Tourmaline Crystal Beads

Those who love beadwork will love these gracefully coloured 3mm half round watermelon tourmaline crystal beads. As the watermelon tourmaline crystal beads hit the light they look incredibly beautiful. You can see pink, green and white in these gorgeous watermelon tourmaline crystal beads. It is said that watermelon crystal heals emotional imbalances due to confusion and conflict, so those who have experienced such imbalance could find them very useful in healing.

Tiger Eye Beads Brighten & Uplift

Tiger Eye is considered a very special crystal as it is said to enhance psychic abilities in earthly people and to balance the lower chakras, this is probably why tiger eye beads are very popular. Many people like to make jewellery from tiger eye beads, transforming them into bracelets, necklaces or earrings to brighten up their outfits whilst enjoying the benefits they are said to bring those close to them. Tiger Eye Beads are protective, stemming from the tradition of carrying the stone as a talisman against ill wishing and curses.

Tiger Eye Beads Mental Healing

Crystal healers say that tiger eye integrates the hemispheres of the brain, enhancing practical perception. Many people use tiger eye to collect scattered information, helping them make a coherent whole. Tiger eye beads can also be used to help resolve dilemmas and internal conflicts, particularly those caused by pride and wilfulness.

Tiger Eye Beads Psychological Benefits

The brownish yellow tiger eye beads, which also come in turquoise are also believed by some to heal issues of self worth, self-criticism and blocked creativity.

10mm Facet Roundel Tiger Eye Beads
10mm Round Tiger Eye Beads

12mm Round Tiger Eye Beads

14mm Facet Flat Tiger Eye Beads

6mm Heart Tiger Eye Beads

25mm Facet Fan Tiger Eye Beads

6mm Twist Fan Tiger Eye Beads

8mm Rectangle Tiger Eye Beads

7mm Twist Rectangle Tiger Eye Beads

7mm Twist Rectangle Tiger Eye Beads

5-10mm Tumble Stone Tiger Eye Beads

Turquoise Tiger Eye Beads

10mm Round Turquoise Tiger Eye Beads
8mm Round Turquoise Tiger Eye Beads