How many crystals is too many crystals? Is it okay to carry or wear lots of different stones at the same time? Will the crystal’s energies clash or be less effective in some way?
When people first start working with the properties of crystals they can quickly find themselves with lots of minerals they feel they need. This small collection can grow quickly, pockets become filled with Tumble Stones and wrists can disappear under Crystal Healing bracelets.
Then they start to wonder, if the stones are losing effectiveness, canceling each other out or causing unseen problems. They hear something somewhere about not wearing certain stones with other stones…
As always this is just my opinion and experience with stones. Certain crystals will work better with other crystals. Stones that have similar properties or elements will just naturally work well together. It is important to consider what it is that you want to accomplish with your choice of crystals.
Be aware of properties which seem to be contradicting each other.
Let me give you an example. You chose to wear your Garnet bracelet for increased energy to get things done but you also chose a Variscite bracelet to help keep you calm. This could be an interesting experiment…
The Variscite may help you stop getting stressed while doing what you need to do but it could also just send very mixed signals. It could be like pressing stop and go at the same time.
Think what you want to achieve the most. Crystals have lots of properties and different sources may say different things. What is more important is your intention as that is the energy you are working with.
Almost Always Compatible Crystals:
Stones of the same or compatible colours.
Stones with the same or compatible element association.
Stones with the same zodiac or planetary associations.
Stones with the same or similar properties, uses and meanings.
Stones with the same type of energy (Like high vibe crystals).
Stones of the same mineral group (Like all types of Quartz).
Stones for the same Chakra or Chakra group (See my book Crystal Healing For the Chakras for more info).
There are no concrete rules for crystals that won’t work well together in my opinion, just use common sense. In most cases mixing crystals will never be an issue. The worst that could happen is that the crystals may just cancel each other out, like the example I gave above.
If you’re not sure about the elements, astrological associations or more importantly the energetic properties of the crystals you have then invest in a good metaphysical Crystal Encyclopedia. I think it is essential if you are going to work with crystals. Click the link to see some of my recommendations.
ARE MY STONES COMPATIBLE?
IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE READ: Please do not comment below or email me asking if the crystal or gemstones you have or are wearing today are compatible. The purpose of this article is for you to make your own decisions.
The information is a guide only to help you make choices and think about your intentions for working with your stones (I can’t do this for you!). Me answering these types of questions makes you reliant on me in the future, which is not the intention of my work.
Will The Groups of Stones be Less Effective?
When working with several stones at once you are drawing on different energies. These may be similar or all different, depending on your needs. It is normal to work with different minerals in Crystal Healing. Creating Crystal Grids, gemstone jewellery, chakra balancing all require lots of different stones.
When it comes to carrying or wearing them, the more different energies you have the more you have going on. It is always a good idea to focus on a few things that are most important to you when choosing several stones.
If the crystals you have are different but all have properties which are helpful towards your desired goal this is usually okay. These types of energies are compatible and not conflicting in any way.
How Many Crystals is Too Many Crystals?
I know some people who have a bag filled with different stones that they take with them everywhere. I think what we consider t be “too many crystals” really depends on the person. Chakra jewellery often consists of seven or more different stones and I have never heard anyone have an issue with that. I would say seven is perfectly acceptable number for most people. More than that will depend on you.
If you find wearing or carrying a certain amount of stones makes you feel light headed or confused then cut back.
Sometimes too many crystals can be overwhelming, ungrounding or may over energize you. Some people can carry or wear lots of stones while others can only really handle two or three different ones at the same time.
What I carry or wear
For me personally currently I carry three stones in my pocket. With bracelets or a pendant I may have one or two more stones on me at one time. Most days it is four different types of crystal in total. Again, this is just me and how I tend to use crystals on a day-to-day basis.
How many different types of crystal do you tend to carry or wear on a daily basis? I would love to hear from you in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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Yet again you have given practical advice for those of us who have a strong affinity for crystals. Your suggestions on choosing crystals for the day made so much sense. I always look forward to your postings. Thank you so much, Ethan.
Thanks you Lisa, glad it has been helpful
I’m making crystal jewelry and orgone pyramids and started getting headaches. Is it just too much energy and what can I do so I can keep working on them?
I wear ruby, sapphire and neptunite most days of the week. I love this combination and feel it resonates with my birthcart very well. Sometimes I will carry phenakite or clear quartz for amplification but that is only when I feel very grounded and have the space in my day to calm myself down should I need to. I’m very sensitive to crystal energies. Moldavite for instance sends me WAY over the edge and aquamarine tends to make me moody.
This was much needed advice, I’ve been carrying every Crystal I own with me every where I go.
Glad to be of help Katrina 🙂
Thank you for your informative articles! This one caught my eye as I have a bracelet with many different crystals that I hand-picked and put together. Its black tourmaline, aqua aura, quartz, orange calcite, adventurine, tigers eye, rose quartz, goldstone, citrine, jade, lapiz lazuli, jasper, mother of pearl, aquamarine and shungite. When putting it together I didn’t think of the possibility of having too many different energies at once, and hope most of them work together rather than cancel each other. I change it occassionally. This combination is what works for me now.
Interesting Jennifer! That is a lot of crystals. I wonder if what happens is the crystals that you need most activate when you need them.
Sir, thank you so much for replying. Funny/ not so funny story, several days ago my bracelet broke(!) and the crystals dispersed everywhere. I located all except the quartz, which finally came back to me today badly damaged. I went to restring the bracelet today at the store and the person helping me advised the current energies on my bracelet were a bit scattered. He kindly helped me to arrange it with crystals that were more compatible with each other. I mentioned this post and he absolutely agrees with it. Thank you again for your very informative articles!
Really interesting story Jennifer. Thank you for sharing it here
Your advice is very practical for the crystal lover. I have a medicine bag that goes everywhere with me, and I have about a dozen or so crystals with me, in addition to rings and pendants. I grab a pocket crystal as I feel moved to. I love them all! I think we are receptive to each individual vibe as needed, as you stated in an earlier post. All are a gift…
I carry black obsidian, aqua aura, and angelite right now. I use to carry all my crystals on me but I just stick to a few now and I always carry my black obsidian for grounding!!
I have a pouch I carry with me everywhere..black tourmaline, garnet, citrine, aventurine, carnelian, rose quartz, tigers eye and hematite. Can you tell me which crystals are compatible with each other please? As I’m not sure I am carrying too many.
Hi Graeme, it would really depend what you are using those crystals for. Garnet and Carnelian are quite energising while the others are more soothing or grounding. If somthing is working for you with no problems don’t worry about it.
Just getting started with crystals, and this article caught my eye. I could foresee that this was a route I might end up taking, and so I was very interested by your logical and common-sense advice. Thanks so much!
I wear about 20 different crystals. Mine is a mix of grounding crystals and high ascension stones. The ascension stones or high vibrating crystals compliment one another.
I use my intuition when wearing stones together as there are no hard or fast rules. It’s also about resonation.
My right wrist, cannot stand having anything on them. It just for one reason another becomes annoyed. So that’s the only area that doesn’t allow me gemstone jewelry.
What are some good ones to keep in my night table for good sleep or maybe under my pillow?
Turquoise is a good one or Rose Quartz. I will have a special Crystal Grid for sleep in my next book 🙂
For lack of better words I am a newbie. Gratefully, I resonate and feel the energy from numerous crystals I have been exposed to just over the past three days. I spent time reading all of your resources this morning. Thank you for your time, energy and love spent sharing your knowledge, history and research. It is valued a great amount and I felt it important to express my gratitude. Have a wonderfully blessed day.
Thank you for your kind words Malissa. Glad to have been of help 🙂
I’ve been doing a “dark” side and a “light” side in my pockets. Sounds kind of silly now that I’m. Putting it into words. So basically I carry my black grounding stones on one side and my lighter more energetic stones in my. Other pocket and when I feel I need a boost I just reach into whichever pocket I need and hold them until I feel better. Thanks for the article I shall pay more attention in the future
Thanks for this article and I am possibly late in responding into it, but here goes.
Ever since my friend Tyrone got me interested in crystals I have gone a little bit crazy with them!
I’ve spent untold fortunes on crystals and stones and rocks, to the point of having to buy two large display cases to put them in. And that doesn’t even count the jewelry.
A great learning came from the fact that I was not sleeping well… Because like a ding-dong I was keeping them ALL in my bedroom!
Then my friend suggested I keep the cases downstairs, and just choose a few to help me sleep. This has worked well for me.
I keep amethyst, moonstone, angelite, and celestite near my bed, along with a large clear crystal quartz cluster to amplify them.
I also have a set of chakra Stones laid out in order underneath my bed. Realizing that’s still a fair number of crystals as I list them here! But about 40 more downstairs! LOL. #crystaladdiction
You may want to budget yourself and avoid the tempation of browsing crystals for sale. Too many Crystals in the bedroom is a common thing that people do and yes it will distrub sleep. Watch out for crystals that actiavte the head chakras as they will likely give you crazy dreams and little sleep too… Will cover this at some point.
I am getting ready to purchase your chakra book. I would like to know if storing your crystals in a large closed dresser or closed jewelry armoire is okay. I know that storing them near your bed or in the open is not wise due to the energy they emit especially while you are sleeping. Amethyst definitely affected my sleep in a negative way by causing restlessness. I am limited in my space so I hope keeping them enclosed will be okay???
Hi, Crystals do seem to have less reach when stored in boxes or drawers in my experience. You really have to test things as some people are more sensitive than others.
Hi Ethan! Thanks again for the great advice in your articles! After reading a few of them, I have learned a great deal about carrying/wearing crystals and am very excited to read your books! I have almost cleansed all of my crystals and will be consecrating them sometime in the near future.
As of now, I only carry 1-3 on my person at a time. I carry Black Onyx and Black Obsidian (and add Clear Quartz on occasion) for Protection and Grounding.
Thanks again for all of your informative articles!
Glad you are finding them to be helpful for you! Sounds like a great combination of crystals to work with 🙂
Hello Ethan, which crystals should be avoided in the bedroom for sleeping purposes.
Thank you again for all your help.
Hi Mercy, this is a subject I will talk about at some point here but for now just try to avoid crystals that have a strong, energising or high vibration by the bed. Focus only on calming and grounding stones which are earthy in nature. I do not recommend Amethyst as it is too stimulating despite many recommending it for sleep.
Hi Ethan, I wear probably as many stones as a person can wear. I make jewelry so if there is a particular stone I really like I set it and find some place to wear it. Here is a run down. 5 chains with opals, spectrolite, yellow quartz, amythest, emerald, , tanzanite iolite, aquamarine, meteorite, garnet, yellow topaz, clear quartz, blue/gray quartz, blue, yellow, purple and green tourmaline. I wear 2 watches which I empied and filled with faceted gems, one is all faceted hearts the other is assorted shapes, they contain emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, topaz, amythest, labradorite, garnet and micro herkamier diamonds. I have never had a problem with conflicting energies. Thank you for this article, it was very interesting, I will save it and share it with friends and customers
Do you have a website or a Etsy shop for your jewelry?
First just want to say i love your articles they are so informative and i am looking forward to adding your books to my collection. My response to this article is i carry specific crystals or stones in a pouch to fit what i want for the day plus my basic ones for balance, grounding, etc from 4-10 depending Blessed Be Chrissy
Great article. I am a “crystal addict” and I know for certain I have at times had too many crystals in my aura field (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bra 🙂 ), but that is more recent as I have worked on repairing my very, very damaged aura. I can sometimes go a day without wearing any crystals on my person, but I pretty much always have crystals around me. I am learning to use my intuition and “feeling” with my hands/fingers which crystal is “not playing well” for that day, and this has been effective for me.
Thank you for this article, and for your one about crystals by the bed. I have (again) put too many on my bed, under my pillow, and on my night stand.
I look forward to reading more of what you have taken the time to share!
I recently started wearing more than one crystals. Today, I wore 5 different gemstones bracelets on my left hand – aventure, carnelian, tiger eye, rose quartz and sodalite bracelets. I need lots of help so without any knowledge about cancelling I thought they would amplify and augment my goals/desires.
Should I wear them on my right hand too?
Could you let me know if I can wear them together?
Hey Bucky, I want people to make their own choices, the above is a guide but it is up to you to try and test things out yourself. Some people use their non dominant hand to attract or bring in qualities of crystals.
Hi, Bucky. I just now read this, and I wanted to add to Ethan’s response. I have learned that energies enter the body through the the left side, and exit the body out the right side. So, I’ll wear crystal bracelets on my left wrist, or carry tumblestones in my left pocket, that have energies I wish to absorb, and/or have crystals on my right side that pull unwanted energies out. Meditating with one of each held in each hand (depending on your goals) works well, too. Namaste. 🙂
I’m fairly new to crystals for metaphysical purposes and am steadily growing my collection so have found your articles super helpful!
My question is that today whilst setting up my first grid I got a very overwhelmed feeling ( I’ve had this once before in a crystal shop ) so my question is was I using too many crystals? I had flurodite, amethyst, green adventurine and clear quartz on a flower of life grid. My intention was for it to help with stress in general. I’m unsure if I was ffeeling it activate or it’s off somehow? Sorry for the novel but I would love some insight if possible?
There are lots of reasons you may be feeling overwhelmed from crystals but usually it is just their energy and your sensitivity. That does not sound like too many different types of crystals to me. I teach about intention based Crystal Grids so crystals are all of similar or complimentary properties. If you are new to Crystal Grids, the first few times can feel a bit much because you are new to them, but that is like anything.
Thanks for your speedy response! Good to know it wasn’t too many, I guess I was trying to find an explanation for the way I felt. It wasn’t a terrible feeling but just an overwhelming energy but it’s kind of exciting to know that I feel something! I will definitely keep it up and keep reading your articles, they have been very useful so far! Thanks 🙂
Great article, as per usual!
I read that some stones suck energies and proprieties from the ones they’re surrounded with (vampire-like stones, we might think haha): turquoise, peridot and obsidians. And I read that you should not store turquoise nor obsidians with other stones. That you shouldn’t wear peridot with other stones.
Do you have opinions on that?
Thanks Lilith. I have not experienced that myself and to be honest I have not heard about this before.
I clean my stones in the glass inserted in a bowl full of Himalayan salt. This way the stones are not in contact
with the salt.
Do you think it’s a good way of cleaning them?
It is safe and as good as any other method
Thank you Ethan. I have another question. Can you recommend crystals or gemstones
for treating depression and dementia?
There is an article on crystals and depression if you just search for it in the search box below. Or visit my Resources page where you can see a list of all the articles I have written.
Been a long time crystal gen collector (vacations, zoo gift shops & twins love the smooth colors). Learning about their power now. So many things have happened that kind of put collecting on hold. I find I need to hold and rub things constantly now. I’ve got 2 spirit turtles, had 2 others but they ran off and several other pretties. Is there something stated we cannot just enjoy them? We had the worst tradegy happen and I’m not sure how to react to things in life right now (son just passed away & I’m very lost). Amazed at spirit turtle, as his favorite color is/was green & animal is/was turtles; still can’t use past tense. Any advice or suggestions are a blessing. I’ve got dx with PTSD severe anxiety and depression.
I am taking the liberty of answering you even though it is quite a long time since you posted this. I just wanted to say my heart goes out to you and that I am ever so sorry for your terrible loss. I really hope you are not so lost, I hope the pain is less acute.. I hope crystals have brought a measure of relief along the way.
I hope this message will find you and if it does, that it will find you better.
Love and warmth and a blue sky from Nice, France
Thank you for this. It’s very informative. 🙂 I have a question about crystal clashing. I currently wear a red aventurine necklace and a green aventurine bracelet. Would these clash?
Hi Anni, I have updated the article to include that crystals of the same mineral group are usually compatible.
Aha! Thank you very much. 🙂 I’m very new to Crystals. 🙂
My question is not if you can wear to many crystals but if having 3 grids activated at the same time is ok? I have a S.A.D. one, an organizational one that i created that is working wonderfully and the 3rd one, all seem to be very strong and working well they are all in my altar area, but if I should only utilize one grid at a time I will
Hi Chrissy, I think that is fine and have had multiple Crystal Grids set up with no problems. Glad to hear you are having success with your grids!
I only wear yellow jade and moonstone. Are they compatible?
Buenas Ethan !!
Pues he de decir que solía utilizar muuuchas piedras a la vez , pero fuí dándome cuenta de diferentes síntomas y/o sensaciones negativas en ocasiones y con algunas conbinaciones de piedras; desde ese momento empecé a elegir intuitivamente las que debía llevar en cada momento. Sigo llevando varias a la vez pero ya siento perfectamente cuando una piedra quiere (o yo necesito) estar conmigo y cuando no.
Muchas gracias Ethan por compartir con todos tus conocimientos con los minerales.
Can I wear a crystal necklace in a room with a grid? Or is that overkill? I’m planning to put a grid in my bedroom/workspace (I live in a small apartment) for anxiety, but I also have 7 necklaces that I alternate per day, depending on what I need. Some of them have more active energy and I’m afraid that if I grid my space to relieve my anxiety it’ll cancel out the crystals that I need for when I’m working. I’m also sensitive to energy. Should I be in a different room from the grid when I’m wearing a crystal necklace? What do I do?
Hi Jane, no don’t worry about that. Any Grids are not an issue. The article is about what is placed directly inside your aura and close to your body such as jewellery and stones you carry.
Im in the sales line and i have bought a few crystal bracelets to help me with success, wealth, relationship, communications and reducing stress. Amazonite, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, rose quartz, citrine and malachite. Is it ok for me to wear all the bracelets together…some on my left hand and some on my right hand? which hand would you advise to wear which crystal? I know that many said that it’s best to wear them on the left..but the sales asst said it’s ok to wear some on the right as well…your advice pls. Kindly reply to my email…as i may not come to this website often.
I think I have covered everything I wanted to say on this subject in the article. It does require you think about your intentions and make your own choices, I can’t do this for you. There is no right or wrong side with bracelets, once within the aura they will work. Some people consider the left side or non-dominant hand absorbs energies better. Try it and see what you think.
I wear a chakra bracelet with seven crystals and I normally carry around 3 stones in my pocket. I don’t know how I came up with the number 3 but it works for me. Occasionally ill also wear one additional piece of jewelry with a crystal as well
I want to know which crystal would be best forme as my ambitions are to explore new places on earth plz reply i really need help
Earlier this year, after finding out that I had an eye melanoma (cancer) in my right eye, I had to have eye plaque surgery, which involved 31 radioactive seeds in a plaque behind the eye for four days, then it is removed and this kills the cancer. But the radiation left me with insomnia, feeling weak all the time, no energy to do anything, and lots of other bad side affects. I read up on crystals that will remove radiation from the body, and I decided to go with black tourlamine; a bracelet to wear at all times, and stones to put over both eyelids at times. Do you have any suggestions as to what other stone or stones that would work with black tourlamine in getting rid of this radiation in my body that has been left from the surgery? Also, should I try to get rid of the radiation just yet? Is it possible that the radiation is still killing the melanoma? Thank you!
Sorry to hear about your eye. Cancer is a terrifying thing, no matter which part of the body it hits.
Quick disclaimer, so we all know where we stand: I’m fairly good at this stuff, but I’m not medically trained, and my advice should *never* supersede that of a medical professional. That said, I have worked with crystals for over 33 years, so I do feel qualified to advise on that subject.
With your concerns about lingering radiation, you’re on the right track with Black Tourmaline, but you could add in Smoky Quartz which is also protective against atomic energy. You can wear or carry it, it’s entirely up to you.
It’s very unlikely that there’s any radiation left inside you. Radioactive isotopes get less radioactive over time until they reach a stable ‘ground’ state: I’m not familiar with the method of treatment, but I imagine the isotopes used in it would decay back to ground rather quickly so as not to cause worse harm; and just leaving the treatment isotopes in your eye, doesn’t make sense.
Insomnia and fatigue are symptoms of mild radiation sickness, but also of many other things; and your treatment would have used radiation doses well below the danger threshold. I suggest you continue with Black Tourmaline, add Smoky Quartz if you feel it’s appropriate, and consult with your oncologist if your symptoms don’t clear up.
Love and Light.
I just purchase a grey agate pendant and wore with a necklace. Feel tired after wearing it. I’m wearing rose quartz, moonstone and fluorite as bracelet. Is it too much?
Crystals affect people differently so only you can answer that question. You can try with and without the new stone and test to see if it is the extra stone or not.
My boyfriend was told recently by his alternative medicines doctor to use Black Tourmaline for electromagnetic waves as he is suffering from Headaches from screen use. He was fist size crystals everywhere. Two on his laptop while working, four beside him on each side and smaller ones in his pockets. Is this okay? They are all the same type, so no cross functionally happening. Any Advise on if you can have too much of one crystal?
It should not be a problem, but just monitor it and adjust the amount of crystals if needed.
Ethan’s right – he usually is – about monitoring the situation and adjusting as needed; but there are also other crystals which can help. Fluorite is a fantastic one, and your boyfriend can pick the colour he prefers; Obsidian is also very helpful; and Clear Quartz is too: it can do so much for us, it always astonishes me that such a helpful crystal is so readily available. Mother Earth is a very generous lady!
I wear clear quartz , black tourine, amethyst, citrine, rose quartz, green aventurine and tigers eye in my pocket. Just wanted to know if I can wear/carry all of them along ??
Are they compatible with each other??
Hi. I noticed when I use my obsidian bracelet I feel like drained my body hurts. Do you know why I am feeling like that? I use my obsidian for protección . Thanks
There are lots of reasons why this could be. Did you program the bracelet for protection?
Should we buy the crystal according to birthstone or we can go for birthstone according to their benefits also ?
@emma, don’t worry about the birthstone thing too much. When buying crystals, go with what you’re drawn to. Your intuition is a much better guide.
Love and Light.
Hi, Can i wear angelite bracelet daily?? Shouldnt we wear bracelet when we are in water???
You can wear Angelite daily, unless you don’t feel good when you do. Angelite dissolves in water so remove it before bathing or swimming.
I wear eight chrystals now. I’ll add one when it gets here in the mail.
Black tourmaline, tektite, blue kyanite, celestite, rainbow moonstone, herkimer diamond, amethist. tigers eye (doesn’t feel like I’ll need it for much longer so I think i’ll stop wearing tigers eye any day now).
I’ll get moldavite in the mail soon and I’ll wear it along with the other ones.
Also, I’m getting pink nirvana quartz soon. I wanna see what the fuss is about when you use it during meditation combined with white nirvana quartz.
And I have a chunk of celestite real close to me when I sleep.
Feels like a nice combination. Kinda heavy around my neck though.
Follow-up post: I’ve started carrying sunghite in my pocket daily as well, just to keep more grounded.
And I’m wearing less high vibe stones, just to change it up. Feels pretty good!
Just started wearing crystals and came across your article. Quite informative and well-written!
Just got into gemstone and while doing my research on them, I cam across your detailed and amazingly written article. Much appreciated!
Crystals I wear almost constantly:
Crystals I wear frequently:
Black Star Diopside
Crystals I wear sometimes:
Chlorite Phantom Quartz
Crystals I carry with me:
2 x Larimar
Auralite 23 slice
My super-powerfulz soul-bonded Clear Quartz wand
Crystals I keep beside me at home:
Golden Healer Quartz
2 x raw Heliodors
4 x Black Tourmaline
Purple Sapphire (raw)
And many others, depending on my needs on the day.
Oh, silly me! I forgot: under the ‘sometimes’ category, there’s also Rose Quartz.
Is it okay if I buy many crystals and make them as my collections? I have 7 total of crystals bracelets but rarely used it.
Yes, of course