What do we call 'em - crystals, rocks, stones? Can crystals heal you?

Updated: Mar 15, 2020

Hey there! I'm here sharing some information and thoughts on crystals stones and Crystal Healing, that's just one of many things I love to do! Now, some of you have wondered about what to actually call them - crystals, rocks, stones? As well as, can they actually heal you? I think it may be best to explain a few little things (such as what kind of rocks are there, some of my favorites crystals, etc.) before you determine your answers. Alrighty! Let's dive into this rockin’ world and see what's mystically brought to you.

First, let’s check out these popular crystals & stones with some neat info!

Also, these pictures are from my personal crystal collection, love ‘em!

Amethyst, a member of Quartz family with a trigonal crystal system and a hardness of 7. Its color varies from pale purple to deep purple. It has been prized for its beauty and its legendary energies for thousands of years - as early as 25,000 B.C.! Amethyst name comes from a Greek word meaning 'not drunken'.


  • Stone of spiritual protection and purification

  • Cleansing one’s energy field of negative influences and attachments

  • Creating a resonant shield around the body or place

  • Is a metamorphic rock, one of the most popular gemstones

  • Associates mainly with the Crown chakra

Lapis Lazuli
Lapis Lazuli, a mix of sodium aluminum silicate with sulfur, chlorine and hydroxyl, and variable inclusions of Pyrite and White Calcite. It has a hardness of 5 to 6 and it's 'blue stone' color comes old history: named by ancient Greeks & Romans - 'sapphirus' and ancient Persia - 'lazhuward'.

Lapis Lazuli

  • This stone is very popular, even back in the times of ancient Egypt - using to access sacred knowledge, a connection to the spirit world

  • It powers to boost enlightenment, great for physical and emotional healing

  • Helps with self-expression and awareness

  • Is a metamorphic rock and is not a mineral - though is composed of multiple minerals

  • Associates mostly with the Third Eye chakra

Pyrite, an iron sulfide mineral with a harness of 6 to 6.5 and its crystal patterns are cubic. Its name is derived from the Greek word for fire, because striking the two pieces together can produce sparks. Pyrite's shiny yellow metallic appearance has earned it the nickname 'fool's gold'.


  • Very protective stone, shielding users from negative energy of all kinds, blocks energy leaks and mends auric tears

  • Known for its ultimate symbol of wealth and good luck

  • Derived from the Greek ‘pyr’ or ‘pyros’, meaning fire and imparts strength, sharp focus, and a desire for action - determination and persistence

  • Is a ubiquitous mineral, so common and found in all sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock classifications

  • Associates mostly with the Solar Plexus chakra

Maybe you either assume: “they're all pretty much the same thing, just rocks with different looks, as Earth is a ball of rock” or “they are actually identified by the structures within the stones that are formed, placed in specific categories, and such”. Well, now, I assume you get the gist and would choose the latter. These stones are basically classified as either: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. There’s even more classifications within each of these 3, as well as - piezoelectric vs pyroelectric information, though will get into it in a future blog. Let’s keep on with fun here!

Alrighty now, just to keep it short and sweet, here are general tidbits on these 3 classifications of rocks, more from my collection…

Sandstone sphere
Sandstone sphere


  • These rocks are formed from particles of sand, shells, pebbles, and other fragments of material. Together, all these particles are called sediment.

  • Over time, the sediment accumulates in layers and over a much longer time it hardens into rock.

  • It is usually the only type that contains fossils.

  • Example rock: Sandstone

Marble (slab used as our counter top island)
Marble (slab used as our counter top island)


  • These rocks are formed under the surface of the earth from the change (also known as metamorphosis) that occurs due to intense heat and pressure.

  • The rocks formed by this process often have ribbon-like layers and may have shiny crystals, formed by minerals growing slowly over time, on their surface.

  • Example rock: Marble

Obsidian sphere (with sandstone sphere and amethyst generator)
Obsidian sphere (with sandstone sphere and amethyst generator), also note the glass-like reflection as well as seeing the layer of iron that looks like it's part of a galaxy.


  • These rocks are formed when molten rock (also known as magma) deep within the earth cools and hardens.

  • Sometimes the magma cools inside the earth, and other times it erupts onto the surface from volcanoes (also known as lava). When lava cools very quickly, no crystals form and the rock looks shiny and glass-like.

  • Sometimes gas bubbles are trapped in the rock during the cooling process, leaving tiny holes and spaces in the rock.

  • Example rock: Obsidian

And now to answer the main questions of this blog!

“What do we call ‘em - crystals, gems, minerals, rocks or stone?”

With this explained a bit, some of you may still wonder, "What do we call 'em - crystals, gems, minerals, rocks or stones?" Don't feel overwhelmed or pressured! In general with Crystal Healing, I use the words crystals or stones. Just depends on what I'm using them for, you know, other than decoration around the home & office. I do like to research and better understand the stones, the science nerd in me, through books and internet research. However, the whimsical spiritual healer in me, I love to feel what the stones are able to communicate with me and how I can use them in beneficial ways.

“Can crystals heal you?”

“Can crystals really heal you?” is a frequent question I get from some people who are curious or has some doubt. Yes, it can! I could give a lengthy description and information here, but I’ve actually made a video on “What is Crystal Healing?” and it’s a great informative 7 minutes video! Oh, by the way, this video is a bit different - It’s all in American Sign Language (ASL)! No worries, if you don’t know ASL! It’s got English subtitles you can read and follow along in the video. Enjoy!

Before I end this great blog, I have collected a few books here and there and they’re very helpful! Though, I do admit there’s a lot of information and may be overwhelming. You’ll find the right books at the right time, when you’re looking for one or even when you’re not looking! Some books are very scientific and precise focused on classifications and such. While other books are focused on specific subjects, such as Crystal Healing.

Here are the 3 that I have in my collection and recommend for your reading leisure:

Whew! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning some new things here or perhaps refreshing some of what you’re already familiar with. You’ve read about the 3 main rock classifications: sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous. Also, about the healing properties of these beautiful stones and what you can call them - though generally, stones and crystals are frequently used.

I look forward to sharing my next blog, which is gonna be about favorite stones and what I like to use them for, like Crystal Grids. Here's an example below!

Leminscate Infinity Crystal Grid Prosperity & Abundance
Leminscate Infinity Crystal Grid Prosperity & Abundance

What are your favorite stones and what do you use them for? Let me know!

Check back again on My B/Vlogs for more fun and information.

Happy vibes to you!


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