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Crystals: Does SIZE Matter for Crystal Healing? (are big crystals better?)

Crystals: Does SIZE Matter for Crystal Healing? (are big crystals better?)

Crystals: Does SIZE Matter for Crystal Healing? (are big crystals better?)

With crystals does size matter for Crystal Healing? Will a big crystal work better than a small one? Which is more powerful? Find out what you should know…
I get asked this question quite a lot. People want to know with crystals does size matter? We have all been tempted by the huge display crystal in the Crystal Shop, when we just went in to buy a Tumble Stone. Would the large one be more effective? The answer to this question is not as simple as it seems, and actually depends more on what you need it for.
Crystals big and small

Crystals big and small

With Crystals does size matter?

So with crystals does size matter or make a difference? Most crystals carry an electromagnetic energy field. Like a magnet, a small magnet simply does not have the same power as a large one. Metaphysical energy does work on similar rules but there are exceptions.
If you are sensitive to energies and have got close to a large crystal you may well have felt the increased power. The same thing can be experienced in a shop filled with crystals. It can be overwhelming with so much energy. This shows the power of mass.
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Small But Mighty Crystals

Now that being said there are some small crystals that pack a punch too. These are sometimes called ‘high vibration’ crystals. Also gem quality crystals or high grade stones do often have a stronger energy. So you can have a small gem quality ruby in a ring that is just as powerful as a large lower grade Ruby Tumble Stone.
“Increasing the size of the crystal does increase the power, but if it is already powerful small, you may not need a larger size”
All crystals are unique, but generally a larger crystal will have more energy than a smaller one of the same mineral. Now despite all this there is no need to start buying only larger crystals or investing in expensive gem quality stones. In Crystal Healing it is all about what is needed.
Tumble Stones are perfect for your aura

Tumble Stones are perfect for your aura

Large crystals with tones of energy may be too strong for your needs. Different sizes generally suit different purposes. Here is my guide to when a smaller crystal is more appropriate and when a larger crystal should be used:

Small to Medium Crystal Uses:

Smaller Crystal Points, faceted and polished Gemstones and regular sized Tumble Stones are the perfect size and ideal for personal use. You can use them to carry with you or wear them as jewellery. If you need the crystal properties throughout the day then wearing them as jewellery or carrying them in your pocket keeps them within your aura where they work best. If you feel you need more of that energy then by all means look for a bigger piece or wear more of that stone. You can also use smaller stones to make Crystal Grids or do Chakra Healing layouts for example.

Large Crystal Uses:

Medium to large Crystal Points, Clusters, carvings and polished stones are more suitable for your home environment and for creating a sacred space. You can benefit from their energy by placing them near you in places you spend time in or in a room you wish to add their energy. They can also be used for Altars and large or location based Crystal Grids. A medium Crystal Point or Crystal Wand can be used as a Crystal Healing tool or in meditations.
So hopefully this has helped you understand that it depends on the stone and the situation. Over time you will just get better at sensing the energy of a crystal and knowing if you need anything larger or not.
Do you have a question about crystal sizes? Leave your question in the comments below (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
If you’re interested in learning more about crystals and Crystal Healing do check out my FREE Crystal Healing Resources page.
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61 thoughts on “Crystals: Does SIZE Matter for Crystal Healing? (are big crystals better?)

  1. Aleksandra

    Thank you for you your wonderful information about healin Crystal.
    I just got the other day Mohrite mineral. I was just wondering whe is the healing power of this mineral ???
    Thank you ……….

  2. Cynthia Sagun

    Hi Ethan,
    sometime last month I bought some Black toumalines as I’ve read in the internet that these stones could help dispel/shield us negative energies. I out 2 pcs. of the stones (just about a size of a penny) beside our front door (inside the house). I could really feel the difference it made in my body. Before, I would arrive from work so exhausted and drained that all I just want to lie down and sleep. But after I bought the stones, I still feel energized even after a long day at work. I also bought some citrine stones which I put in my wallet and in the wealth corner of our house. I believe it helped me financially as I never ran out of money 🙂

        1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

          I personally use and recommend larger stones around the House myself but multiples of smaller ones will have a bit more mass. Also if crystals are part of a grid they have a bit more power but only because there are more of them.

  3. Jenny

    Hi Ethan, I am new to crystals and just started reading your blog. Can I buy crystals or they must be gifted in order to have healing power? I’m an Aries and I’ve read that the stones that I should use are Diamond and Ruby. I know there are many other crystals I can use, but is it a bad idea to buy them or should I wait for a point of time in my life when they’re gifted to me? Should I put them on my wishlist? Would that be considered as a negative energy since I want to use the crystals to give me certain power or feelings? I’ve read something like this about diamonds. Can I buy them online and ship them, does this do anything to their energy?

  4. Sourav Banerjee

    I am Sourav Banerjee, my astrologer suggested 6 carat of RUBY. He was offering it at low cost. like 25 thousand only. But the quality of stone was not satisfactory to me. I went to a renowned astral-gems stone shop they suggest me a Powerful Burmese Ruby of 2.8 Carat which costs 77 thousand. The stone is certified also. The stone is really beautiful, full of laster, clarity and pigeon blood red. I purchased the costly stone. and started wearing it. But few of my friends telling me that I have done wrong. I should go with astrologers stone.
    I want to know whether size does matter? or quality of the stone matters?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Sourav, what your talking about is what we call here Vedic Astrology which is not something I teach. From what I heard the quality of the stone is more important for this so I think you made the right choice for yourself.

      1. Leilani

        And from what I’ve been told from “the other side”… size, when it comes to crystals, does NOT matter. It’s the INTENT we set when using them. It’s also important to cleanse and charge them before using them, and at least once every two months, or sooner if using them for heavy duty, or healing, work. Best wishes,


    2. Cherry

      @Sourav, neither matters. What matters most of all, is what feels right or good to you. Your body knows well what it needs, and I’ve found it’s best to listen to what it tells you.

  5. erika

    Hi – I have a detailed question about crystal size and energy output. I’m using crystals to enhance my love life/relationships. I want to wear jewelry but so many require to be worn around the heart chakra that I got the idea to make my own necklace incorporating ALL the crystals that enhance love. There are a lot. So I bought 4mm gemstone beads (that’s tiny!) and plan to string the following bead crystals into a necklace: rose quartz, rhodocrosite, emerald, smoky quartz, rhodonite, garnet, aventurine, morganite, chrysophase…and a few more.

    4mm is tiny! But I’m intent on improving and bringing in love/romance/sex/positive relationships….so does size matter if you’re packing in ALL those crystals?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Erika, with jewellery smaller crystals are okay as they are in within the aura or touching the body. High quality Gemstones can have a strong energy so size is not such a big issue. Charged with your intention your bracelet should work well for you. Good luck!

  6. Meenakshi

    Hi! Ethan! I am new to crystals and just started reading your blog I have just ordered an Amethyst for my daughter, based on the crystals mentioned to energise third eye chakra. She had a tumour attached to pituitary gland, which was removed few years back but she keeps having growth related problems. She is November born, do you think this crystal ll be ok for her?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Sorry to hear about your daughter. Yes you could try Amethyst but just keep in mind it is a powerful stone and when placed on the Third Eye area it can feel very strong. Carrying the stone on her should be okay but if you place it on her third eye, only do it for short times and gradually build up. Remove if she feels any discomfort.

  7. Sourav Banerjee

    My DOB- 05-09-1982, time- 5.42 p.m, place- barrackpore, west bengal, india.
    May I purchase Jasper pyramid? I am confused; whether I should purchase Jasper Crystal(Pyramid) or Jasper Stone (Pyramid)? Please suggest. which one is more effective? stone or crystal?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Sourav, I am not a Vedic Astrologer so I do not use the date of birth to select stones to use. In Crystal Healing as practiced in the west, we mostly go by the properties of the crystal or use our intuition to select stones.

        1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

          It depends on what you mean by stone vs crystal. The two words can mean the same thing. Do you mean a natural crystal shape vs a cut and polished form? Or do you mean a mineral which is clear vs an opaque crystal?

  8. Sergio Hegner

    Hi, Ethan! Could you please tell me what do you mean with medium and large sizes in terms of centimeters? Specially to put near a frontdoor.Thank you!!

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      It is hard to put it into numbers and can depend on the stone, shape and situation. As a rough guide for a crystal near the front door, something medium sized might be around 7 or 8cm and large would be maybe over 12cm.

      1. Sergio Hegner

        That’s what I needed to know. It’s a black tourmaline with 11 cm heigh X 6cm width and about 400 grams so I think it’s medium to large. Much appreciated. All the best.

  9. Diane

    Hi there, I am interested in getting a ruby ring but I am limited by finances. I found 2 rings for a reasonable price. On is 4 1/2 carats but not very clear, the other is .68 carats but more clear. Both have a nice color. I like the look of the smaller .68 one better, but I wonder if that may be too small to be effective?

  10. Patti Wagner

    I recently collected many different sized and colors of quartz. Most in pcs. I would lile to break these into smaller pcs. to put into necklace vials for loved ones. Is this okay and will there still be benefits from the crystals?
    Thank you

  11. Archon

    Greetings Ethan Lazzerini,

    I have a couple of questions for you, interesting post by the way.
    I need your deep knowledge about black tourmanline and black obsidian crystals.

    I am planning to buy 1KG (2.2lbs) of natural black tourmaline stones from brazil on ebay, I want to ask you if I put 1KG of black tourmaline (they are an average 3cm a piece) in a bowl all together, if the RADIUS of protection would be the same compared to a single piece of black tourmaline of 1KG, because the price is not the same. Also, what kind of bowl would you suggest me to get? A wooden bowl, copper bowl,stone bowl, plastic bowl or glass bowl? what would be the best of the best.

    I am planning to buy 7 obsidian obelisk (6-7cm a piece), I want to mix then with the black tourmaline, is this a good idea? What would be the effectiveness of this ? Also, is 7 obsidian obelisk (6-7cm each) all together worth a medium to large crystal ?

    Since I am not buying rocks for display only, I would appreciate if you get the right answer for me.

    Thanks a lot.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      This isn’t an exact science but that amount should protect any sized room or open area of the home easily. For protection of the whole house normaly I would place crystals at the four corners or around the boundaries of the home. You can mix Black Obsidian with Tourmaline. Any of those bowls will do, plastic isnt helpful though.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Amber, for personal protection wearing/carrying crystals of small to medium size should be enough. If you feel you need extra protection wear more of the stone or choose a bigger stone if you wish.

  12. callef


    I recently bought small citrine stone i want to know if citrine is a high vibration stone and if it will work well if placed in the home vs carrying it with me…the pack brought 3 small stones the size of a quarter maybe smaller… should i carry all three? Also i wanted to mix the citrine with green aventurine and maybe carnelian…is this a good mix?

  13. Christina

    Hi Ethan,
    I am using your book to learn about setting grids. I am prepared to set an abundance/prosperity grid using the model in your book. It calls for a lg citrine stone for the center stone. Unfortunately the only Citrine stone I have found locally to me and purchased is maybe the size of a quarter or a little larger. Is it ok to use this stone or do I nneed to order a larger one?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      My personal opinion on this is that the Central Stone should always be proportionally bigger to the rest of the grids at least in mass if not height etc. It does sound like the one you have might be a bit small for this purpose. I would look online and try to get something a bit bigger if you can.

  14. James Bright

    I have a black tourmaline crystal pendant that I wear for protection against negativity about 1 inch in length and about a half an inch wide I wear it around my neck do you think it is sufficient to protect me from negativity thank you

  15. Shruthi

    Hi Ethan ,

    I am new to this whole crystal and believing in it process but slowly through meditation I am trying to get in terms with all that is currently happening in my life and I am currently suffering a lot of financial loss. Can i go for citrine crystal to keep in my wallet and also want to keep the same at home in order to bring good health for my husband, as he is suffering a chronic kidney problem since his birth. Please do comment.

  16. Mel

    Hi Ethan. I am in a lost world at this point in my life. The love of my life say he does not love me anymore, but we purchased a home together. I do not doubt that his feelings were real, and are behind a wall at the moment. He is not willing to let that wall down. I also have some health problems going on. I was thinking of purchasing an amythest cluster for the home (we are both still here). Do you thing this could help with the outside negative energies being applied into both our relationship and my health?

  17. Kim Tucknott

    Hi Ethan, I kind of stumbled upon you while cruising Pinterest and am I ever glad I did.
    I just wanted to share one of two experiences I have had with relatively small stones that made me so very aware of their power. Early in my learning I misinterpreted the my need for rose quartz. (Long story……anger due to heart chakra being far too open and didn’t see it that way) any way….I put a small rose quartz palm stone in my bra before work, was jumpy all day with heart flutters like I had too much caffeine most of the day and when I removed it to shower I found that I had two bad burns (because it was tucked under my breast) the exact size and shape of the palm stone! So bad I fact that my husband thought I should seek medical help. I was able to heal it myself (without the blisters opening) but every time I have a shower or bath that is too hot the mark turns red again.! This was not my only experience. I can not even shop in a Crystal store because of the effect. I’m in and out or I shop online. 🙁

  18. Mal Wojcicka

    Hi Ethan! I really enjoyed your article! Are there any lists of crytals which have greater energy ? I am just getting into crystals and I would love to get larger pieces as well as smaller ones in jewelry size. I’m just not sure which crystals produce higher energy where a smaller size would be beneficial !

    Thank you!

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I would say that crystal books will describe them as having a strong energy/effect or call them high vibration stones. This would include stones like Moldavite, Phenacite or Super Seven. They are often more expensive and some are rarely even sold as large pieces anyway.

  19. Rita Dias

    Hi there!!
    Thank you very much for this excellent article. I have a question for you. I am a bead jewelry artist. I work with tiny beads to make beautiful jewelry pieces. I am thinking about doing protection necklaces by using specific crystals like the black onyx or the black tourmaline. The beads I like to work with are usually around 2mm to 4mm. They are quite small. Each necklace might have more than 20 of these small beads. My question is, will 20/30 of these small crystal beads be the same as a gem with the same size of all of them?
    Will the energy be split and be smaller?
    Thank you very much

  20. Bree Ward

    Thanks for pointing out that crystals have electromagnetic energy and the larger the size the better. My mother has been looking up for healing crystal items online. She believes in aura and spirit healings. I’ll advise her to get the larger ones because of the benefits I mentioned above.

  21. Gina Watson

    Can you use multiple small crystals in place of one large crystal when constructing a crystal grid? For example, if the directions call for one large rose quartz can you use several smaller rose quartz instead?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi Gina, I am not a fan of doing that with my crystal grids. In particular the central stone, which many call a ‘focus stone’ needs to be focused not a group, it would scatter the energy.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      As I said above, crystals which are gem quality (All Moldavite is) and which have a very high vibration or powerful energy (like Moldavite) still work well even when small, especially when worn or placed on the body.

  22. AJ

    Hi Ethan,
    I am enjoying two of your books: Crystal Grids Power and Psychic Protection Crystals.
    Thank you for putting this information out there.
    I have a question about using a generator crystal.
    I know that each individual grid has a central crystal.
    I have seen some huge clear quartz generators on Etsy that are 4 or 5 pounds +.
    If I were to get one, can you place it (in the center of your house) to charge/ power up all of the other crystals and grids in your house?
    For instance if I have a whole house protection grid and other grids throughout the house for healing and other things.


    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Hi AJ, thanks so much for getting my books, I am glad you enjoyed them. That’s an interesting way of using a generator but not something I have done myself before. It may well help all the crystals and grids in the home (if programmed to) but please don’t feel it is needed as the grids will still work well without this addition. It’s up to you.

  23. John Smith

    How can small ring (mostly heated stones) have more power than big natural stones?
    I would rather trust in my sense than going for overpraised expensive PCs of junks.

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