The Guide To 8 Essential Crystals That Everyone Should Own

Photo by Savanna Ruedy

From attracting love to good vibes, consider this your guide

Since ancient times, it’s been believed that crystals hold special healing properties that can help with almost anything—from managing stress and anxiety to manifesting money and attracting love into your life.

However, navigating the world of crystals can sometimes be overwhelming. Being that there are so many specimens out there—and many with similar properties—it can prove to be a challenge to figure out which ones you truly need.

We turned to experts Remington Guest and Heather Haber, the brains behind Advisory Board Crystals, for the answers to all of your questions related to the metaphysical objects. Haber and Guest, both formally of fashion label Band of Outsiders, first launched the crystal shopping platform last April. There, they meticulously curate each season based on a specific theme—whether it’s thoughts, feelings, inspirations, moon phases, or astrology. 

Haber and Guest run the shop with the intention of making crystals—and their incredible powers—an essential part of the daily lives of modern millennials. Needless to say, we knew they would have some expert advice.

Firstly, how does one know which crystals are the right ones for them? While, of course, each one holds specific properties which you can research and decide on based on your needs, sometimes you just have to go with your gut. “Go with what you instinctually want,” says Guest. “Did you see something orange and shiny you like? Go for that—go for what catches your eye. Sometimes you can visually find what you want. Reverting only to what a crystal does for you isn’t always the best way of choosing.”

Still, there are always the basics that every crystal owner should have in their collection. To help you get yours started, Guest and Haber filled us in on the eight essential crystals they believe that everyone needs to have around them.

Click through the gallery below to read more about each crystal, and what situation to use it in.

Photographer: Savanna Ruedy
Prop Stylist: Cecilia Elguero
Manicurist: Tee Hundley
Model: Kianna Louis @ Major Models

Photo by Savanna Ruedy

Citrine to focus the mind
If you’re looking for something to help you seriously focus, look no further than citrine. Citrine’s energies work to activate nerve impulses, which strengthen intelligence and the intellectual faculties of concentration and wisdom,” says Guest. “This leads to better outcomes in anything you need complete focus for. Whether you’re studying for the bar or launching your own website, this is the stone for you.”

Try keeping this one on your desk or at your workspace to reap its benefits.

Citrine, $51, available at Advisory Board Crystals.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.