7 Books to Read if You're New to Crystals

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New to crystals? These books will teach you everything you need to know!

If you are new to the beautiful world of crystals and want to know more about them, dive in and expand your knowledge with some great book recommendations. There are lots of books about gemstones and crystals on the market that can help you learn how crystals work and what meaning each crystal carries.

But because there is so much information on crystals out there, choosing a well-written and helpful crystal book can feel overwhelming. Having some good recommendations of books might help you as a beginner crystal explorer get started and build a foundation that will later help you to deepen your knowledge.

So go ahead and check our book recommendations for beginners interested in crystals, gems, and geodes.

1. Healing Crystals by Karen Ryan

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A great book to start with is Healing Crystals: Discover the Therapeutic Powers of Crystals, written by Karen Ryan. It will teach you how to select your crystals when shopping, get in touch with their energies, and use them in your meditation sessions and healing.

This book will also introduce you to how crystals are formed on Earth and what scientific and metaphysical properties are specific to each gemstone. Karen Ryan will teach you how to prepare your crystals and yourself for crystal healing and help others heal with the power of gems.

She also talks about various healing techniques and wellness practices that include crystals, such as mindfulness, chakra healing and balancing, gem water, and feng shui. You'll find much helpful advice in this book on using crystals for personal growth, wellness, and healing yourself and others.

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2. The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

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If you intuitively get attracted by a particular gem but don't know its name and just buy it impulsively, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall can teach you how to recognize crystals. It is an easy-to-navigate book, which makes it even better for you if you're new to crystals.

The most common gems and crystals are organized alphabetically, and the book contains photos for easy identification. Each crystal listed in this book comes with a detailed description of the gem's specific properties. You'll learn about the gems' mental, emotional, spiritual, metaphysical, and physical effects and how to use them in healing practices.

The Crystal Bible is a practical and helpful book for starters, and it can come in handy when you want to distinguish one crystal from another. And knowing more about one gemstone that speaks to you will help you better understand your own self and intuition.

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3. Crystal Lore, Legends & Myths by Athena Perrakis

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Read Crystal Lore, Legends & Myths: The Fascinating History of the World's Most Powerful Gems and Stones by Athena Perrakis if you want an overview of how crystals narratives were built in the past. You'll find great stories and legends from the times of the first civilizations, Ancient Egypt, and the Roman Empire to our modern days.

You'll find fascinating details about how Cleopatra used gemstones, how Cat's eye chrysoberyl was used as a protective stone by the soldiers of ancient Rome, and many other stories that intersect with biblical ones and with the history of India, Greece, Minoa, and Mesopotamia.

As a beginner at gemstones and crystals, you might want to read this book and tap into the knowledge and wisdom of the world from ancient times to our days.

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The Ultimate Guide to Crystals & Stones by Uma Silbey

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Uma Silbey is the author of this beautiful book, The Ultimate Guide to Crystals & Stones: A Practical Path to Personal Power, Self-Development, and Healing, and it will help you get an overview of the practical uses of crystals for healing.

It is a book that doesn't stop at just gemstone identification or listing properties, even though it does help with that as well. The book truly takes you into the heart of incorporating crystals into your life.

We recommend this crystal book if you want to learn more about charging a stone, how to wear crystals and benefit from their protective energies, how crystals can promote astral projection, night dreaming, and much more. And if you like to meditate for a clearer mind and an enhanced higher self, this book will also teach you how meditation can improve your work and experiences with crystals.

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4. The Crystal Compass by Aisha Amarfio

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What a great name for a crystal book for beginners! The Crystal Compass, by Aisha Amarfio, is a book for those who not only want to learn about the power of crystals but also reclaim their life. It is a crystal book to read when you need:

  • support in your spiritual journey
  • to know how to use crystals to create a harmonious environment for yourself
  • to break old patterns
  • to follow your own path and powerful intuition
  • to improve your well-being

And more importantly, The Crystal Compass is a book that will provide you with the necessary tools for identifying what gemstones and crystals are suitable for you at your current life stage. You'll be able to use the book's map to determine the origin of specific problems you might face. So it is similar to a self-help book, but it's still an excellent book for people new to crystals and healing gemstones.

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5. Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing by Yulia Van Doren

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In her book Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing, Yulia Van Doren will teach you how to harness crystals' powers. It is a practical crystal guide that discusses essential topics from crystal cleansing and charging to how to pair crystals, where to place them to enjoy and benefit from their energy, and how to use them to get rid of the negative vibes in your life.

So if you wish to learn how to promote better health using a jade crystal, enjoy harmonious relationships using rose quartz, or detoxify with a smoky quartz crystal, then this is the modern guide to crystals you must search for.

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6. Crystal Healing and the Human Energy Field by Marion McGeough

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This last crystal book recommendation is written by the founder of the British Academy of Reiki, Marion McGeough. It has a section exclusively focused on crystals but also has in-depth information on human energy fields.

So if your interest expands beyond crystals, this is a great book. You'll find out more about energy fields, aura levels, and how crystals interact with them. You'll also read about how crystals can be used to restore equilibrium in your aura or heal it when it's damaged.

The book also presents a step-by-step guide to healing yourself with the help of gemstones, crystals, and your chakra system. So in case you are passionate or curious about both reiki and healing crystals, give this book a try.

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About the Author

Xenia Mateiu is a curious reader who loves to study crystals' properties and uses and share her knowledge and ideas with anyone passionate about these magical stones. She is the founder and owner of Village Rock Shop, a Carlsbad-based gift shop specializing in crystals, gemstones, and geodes.