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Crystal meanings and their uses: everything you need to know

Crystals and gemstones have long been used in alternative medicine for healing purposes. But which crystals are best and what are they used for?
Crystal meanings

Crystal meanings

The healing powers of crystals has been a belief of many different cultures across the world.

Everyone from Hawaiian islanders, Native Americans to the Chinese have held the belief that certain crystals have power over our energies and health.

And while it should be noted there is no scientific evidence this is the case, crystal healing is followed and practiced by many.

Crystals found in New Zealand

While New Zealand lacks naturally occurring gems such as diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, we have some pretty incredible crystals on offer. From New Zealand jade to quartz, garnet, obsidian, to goodletite – all of these are found native to our land.

How to use crystals

There are many different ways that crystals are recommended for use. Some people choose to wear them on their body for protection, in the form of a necklace or other piece of jewellery. Others keep them in their home or place of work – that make for a beautiful decoration too. While some actually believe in the placing of crystals on the body for healing. Another way of getting their benefits is to hold them while meditating, or place them in front of you as you do so.

Crystals for depression

While many crystals are meant to help improve mood and rebalance energies, if you’re feeling depressed and struggling to cope you should always seek the advice of a medical professional. See your GP or give Lifeline a call any time of day or night on: 0800 543 354.


This purple crystal is often suggested for those of us with anxiety or depression, headaches, stress and tension. It’s recommended for use with meditation.


Jet black obsidian is meant to help you rid yourself of feelings of disharmony, anger and resentment, that may have built up in your body.


The crystal of vitality and energy, this crystal is said to help remove toxins from your body.

Clear Quartz

Found in abundance here in New Zealand, clear quartz is great for allergies, colds and general feelings of uneasiness in the body.

Blue Topaz

Great for assisting with meditation, this stone is meant to help you feel calm and energised – cleansing the mind and balancing your thoughts.


This beautiful sea blue crystal helps bring mental clarity and improve mood.


This stone is for boosting energy, confidence and creativity.

Rose Quartz

Pretty rose quartz is suggested if you have trouble sleeping, as it’s a calming and peaceful stone. It’s also meant to help with skin conditions and fertility.

Jade (Pounamu in NZ)

Also known as Greenstone, the Jade found in New Zealand is the sacred stone of the Mãori. Elsewhere in the world, such as China, Jade is also highly regarded, where it was valued for its powers of healing and protection. A sign of good luck and friendship – many gift Jade to another who is taking a trip or just to protect them in their day-to-day life.


Also known as ‘fool’s gold,’ this stone is used to improve memory. Rather than holding it like other healing crystals, it’s suggested that you sit one on your desk while working, or sleep with one.

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