Crystals in Your House

A quartz crystal cluster sparkling in the window, rhodonite by the phone for patience during difficult conversations, fluorite on the computer—these are a few of the ways visitors to Beyond the Rainbow and Living with Crystals readers use crystals for decoration, energizing, and harmonizing their personal environments.

As some of these suggestions came from people who preferred that their names not be used, I am making all contributions anonymous.

I've divided the uses of crystals by room or other locations. As one reader wrote: "The rule of using crystals in your home is really that there are NO RULES. If you love them, then it is right for you."

I'd like to create an ongoing series of articles about various uses for crystals, so if this article inspires you to send in a suggestion, please do. You can use this link to email Us

Please note: these aren't suggestions specifically related to feng shui. You can see an article on that.

Some General Precautions

Crystals look beautiful in your windows, but some shouldn't be placed in direct sunlight. These include amethyst, rose quartz, kunzite, opal, turquoise, celestite, and fluorite. Have I missed any?

Other crystals shouldn't be placed in water, particularly soft stones such as azurite, malachite, rough chrysocolla, and selenite. Some people feel that calcite shouldn't be placed in water, but I've done so with no negative results.

Again, have I missed any?

Keep very small crystals out of reach of pets and children. The same goes for very breakable crystals (and they all are.)

Crystals by the Computer

Crystals By the Telephone

Living Room Crystals

Crystals in the Bathroom

Sleep and Dreamtime Crystals

All Over the House

Garden and Plant Crystals

Many readers agree that crystals planted in a garden and in or among potted plants are good for our flowering friends. Here are some specific examples.

A Beyond the Rainbow Story: For ten years our plants had grown happily in pots, with only a few occasions when squirrels had decided the loose soil made an ideal nut bank. One spring, several mornings in a row one of us would come out on the deck to find several potted plants de-potted and dirt strewn everywhere.

We'd used a new kind of fertilizer this year, and I suspected it contained some kind of squirrel perfume. Knowing that, however, didn't solve our problem with the crazed rodents. I came up with the perfect solution. We had pounds of off-sized tumbled and rough stones from our retail store in Manhattan. I covered the surface of every pot with different stones.

What began as a defensive maneuver ended up being a source of great beauty and pleasure. A red begonia plant was surrounded with chunks of rough chrysocolla. Orange calcite adorned a yellow gerbera. Assorted tumbled stones surrounded geraniums of several colors, and a deep purple petunia rose among calcites and rose quartz from Ireland (and our personal collection).

Not everyone has that many crystals on hand but you can get a similar effect by using more common stones and pebbles and accenting these with a few tumbled stones. And if you'd like to get the full effect, we do sell tumbled stones by the pound.

More ideas? I'll be glad to add them to my collection and into a new article.

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