From eas­ing stress to boost­ing con­fi­dence, crys­tals are the ac­ces­sory of the mo­ment. Mi­randa Thomp­son re­ports

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Vic­to­ria Beck­ham won’t open her fash­ion shows with­out the pos­i­tive vibes of pink quartz and car­ries a black ob­sid­ian skull crys­tal in her hand­bag ‘for strength’. Naomi Camp­bell swears by pro­tec­tive black tour­ma­line, while Jen­nifer Anis­ton wears a moon­stone neck­lace. Known for their heal­ing prop­er­ties as well as their nat­u­ral beauty, crys­tals are the ac­ces­sory du jour.

While tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine has long in­cor­po­rated crys­tals (rose quartz-tipped nee­dles for acupunc­ture are said to speed up the heal­ing process), their use is be­com­ing more wide­spread in Western health and beauty treat­ments.

Think of them as ‘a be­spoke tool­kit’, says Emma Lucy Knowles, au­thor of The Power of Crys­tal Heal­ing. In the same way that a favourite lip­stick gives us an ex­tra lift, dif­fer­ent crys­tals res­onate with your en­ergy. ‘Whether you need a con­fi­dence boost be­fore a pre­sen­ta­tion or to mend a bro­ken heart, there’s a crys­tal to sup­port and heal you,’ says Emma Lucy.

Crys­tal heal­ing har­nesses the power of crys­tals to re­align our en­ergy by plac­ing the right crys­tal on the right area of your body, ex­plains Emma Lucy. For ex­am­ple, rose quartz by the heart pro­motes love and self-ac­cep­tance and cit­rine by the so­lar plexus eases ten­sion.

Healthy-liv­ing ad­vo­cate Jas­mine Hem­s­ley and her friend Toni Dicks re­cently launched Sound Se­bastien, a pop-up work­shop that uses crys­tal bowls to cre­ate a ‘sound bath’ de­signed to send par­tic­i­pants into a med­i­ta­tive, re­laxed state. Mean­while, Katie-Jane Wright, a for­mer footwear de­signer at French Sole, left her job to pur­sue a long-held dream of be­com­ing a crys­tal healer. Eight months ago she launched Crys­tal Muse, an online bou­tique that of­fers a bi-monthly sub­scrip­tion box con­tain­ing crys­tals such as amethyst and cit­rine, as well as hand­writ­ten notes on how to use them. ‘The pop­u­lar­ity of the boxes has as­tounded me – they sell out within days,’ says Katie-Jane. As for beauty, stars in­clud­ing Katy Perry love the up­lift­ing ef­fects of crys­tal fa­cials. Plus there’s a grow­ing de­mand for ten­sion-re­liev­ing rose quartz-in­fused skin­care and skin-calm­ing jade face rollers. With crys­tals fea­tur­ing on neck­laces, in­fused in per­fumes and en­cased within wa­ter bot­tles (great if you want to add a touch of love to your drink, says Emma Lucy), be­ing crys­tal-cu­ri­ous couldn’t be more on trend. Not On the High Street seller Decadorn, which spe­cialises in crys­tal jew­ellery and dec­o­ra­tions, re­ports a 40 per cent growth in sales year on year, with its much-lusted-after rose quartz book­ends a best­seller. ‘We try to leave them in their raw form as much as pos­si­ble,’ says founder He­len Bailey. ‘Our cus­tomers feel drawn to a par­tic­u­lar stone or piece – it’s so en­joy­able to see them con­nect­ing with the prod­ucts on more than just an aes­thetic level.’ Emma Lucy agrees: ‘I’m all for lots of crys­tals at home. They look beau­ti­ful and add a magic en­ergy, too. I place rose quartz by pho­tos of my fam­ily to keep them safe and send them love.’ The Power of Crys­tal Heal­ing by Emma Lucy Knowles is pub­lished by Pop Press and avail­able now, price €16.99. Sound Se­bastien has a six-week res­i­dency at Re:Mind Stu­dio, Lon­don, from April 2. sound­se­bastien.com


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