One of the most common questions I get asked is where do I get my crystals from or where is a good place to buy crystals. Here are my top tips and buyers guide for buying crystals online and in shops.
The Thing About My Crystal Collection
Some of the crystals in my collection have been with me since the early 90’s. This was before the internet and most of those shops no longer exist. Some of my crystals were also gifted to me.
Then others I won at online auctions. You see in the mid 2000’s we did not have many websites with crystals for sale. Most people did not trust small websites with their card details and the biggest source of crystals was actually Ebay.
Ebay can be a risky place to buy if you don’t know who is a reputable seller. There are lots of fake crystals on there which has put buyers off.
Other websites and sellers I bought crystals from have since disappeared.
The Truth About Crystal Shops & Websites
The truth is there is no single one place to buy crystals. You can get excellent quality genuine crystals from your local Crystal Shop or Metaphysical Shop.
Fake crystals are something we all need to be aware of, but please don’t get swept away by fear over buying fake stones or become paranoid. Yes, they exist but so does fake money and fake everything come to think of it… More info on this later.
The benefit of buying from a bricks and mortar shop is that you can see things up close, at all angles, handle the crystals and feel the energy directly. You can also more easily pick the exact shape of a Tumble Stone or small Crystal Point that you want.
The Internet has allowed people to get crystals they would never have had a chance of even seeing 15 years ago. I remember not too long ago many people refused to buy crystals online but thankfully that has become a thing of the past. If you do not purchase crystals online your choices will be very limited unless you live near a mine or somewhere like Tucson.
Always Buy From A Reputable Seller
When buying online always buy from a reputable seller, look at the reviews, inspect their crystal photos carefully, ask questions if needed. Check out their social media pages.
Use gem, crystal and mineral books to help identify the real thing. Some of this will come with experience. Be careful of very cheap crystals, if it is too good to be true, it probably isn’t the real thing.
If you want to know where the crystal is from and it does not say, then ask them.
There is a whole World of crystals and minerals out there so I buy online, in Shops and at Gem Shows. What I share here is always just my experience and yours may be different. This is a personal thing, I just want to open people’s minds to different things.
Tips For Buying Crystals Online
If you have friends into crystals they may be able to recommend a good website or seller online. If you found a website yourself, make sure you take a good look around before buying anything. Do they have a good selection of crystals in all kinds of shapes and sizes? Are the photos professional and clear? Do they list the size of the crystals? Are more expensive pieces shown in photos at different angles?
See if they have customer reviews. I always like to check if they have a Facebook page or other social media presence. This tells me that they are an active website which is stocked and updated. If there is something you need help with always send them an email first and see if they are helpful.
The downside of most online shops is that you may not be able to choose the exact Tumble Stone you want. For larger crystals, you should be able to see photos of the actual crystal you will receive but always check this is the case.
I do not pay too much attention to the crystal properties listed on websites. I would advise you use trusted crystal books and sources for properties. Some sellers hype things up and really bad sellers may give inaccurate information. All sellers in shops or online can make mistakes, which is why I recommend using good books for reference especially for identifying stones.
If you are purchasing from a foreign Country check the shipping charges before you buy anything. Also, make sure you know the limits on imports set by your Country’s Customs laws. Bulk orders overseas can be very expensive so be careful.
Crystal Website Red Flags To Watch Out For:
They do not respond to emails or take over 3 working days to reply.
No social media presence or inactivity for years.
Blurry or dark photos.
After ordering you get an email saying an item is out of stock…
They have a tiny selection of crystals.
Crystals arrive badly packaged.
Buying Crystals at Gem Shows:
Depending on where you live, you may be able to visit a Gem Show. The largest and the most world famous is the Tucson Gem Show in the US but there are others and similar events in Europe and the UK. These annual events have a huge selection of crystals and jewellery from many different sellers. To learn more about visiting and shopping at Gem Shows please visit my article Gem Show Tips & Buyers Guide.
Where I Buy My Crystals Today:
I live in England in the UK, so I try to buy crystals from within the UK. This is because my Country has strict laws on imports which means we get draconian taxes and “handling fees” put on anything over £15 ($21) that we buy outside the EU. Customs also holds on to the order and it gets delayed even longer.
If I see something really special online and I can’t find it here then I will order it from another Country.
The Etsy Marketplace
Etsy has become a popular place to find crystals and crystal sellers. It is an open marketplace and consists of new and old businesses, different shops there will sell different things but generally, it is better quality than elsewhere. Always check the reviews and decide for yourself.
Like anywhere there are good and bad sources. I personally and most people I know have had good experiences on there but it will depend on who you buy from. As I have said before buy from a reputable seller and use discernment when buying.
The following is a list of places I have purchased many of my personal crystals from for years. I am not affiliated with these shops and they have not paid me to appear here. Please note I am not responsible for your experience with them or what they sell, your experience is your own.
If you decide to purchase anything from anyone, please let them know where you heard about them. 🙂
Based in the UK. Formally Crystal Reflection. Huge selection of Tumble Stones and beautiful high quality crystals. Very helpful and friendly service.
Based in the UK. For the crystal connoisseur. Rare, unusual, high vibration high quality crystals and gemstones. Liam has been selling for many years and always has something new, crystals can sell fast.
Based in the USA. Carefully curated and stunning, high quality crystals that sell quickly. Run by Terra who has a hugely popular Instagram account you need to check out.
Based in the UK. Good choice of crystals and Tumble Stones. Nice Crystal Grid Sets and Copper bases. Points and cut stones in all shapes. Lots of other spiritual goodies. Gives discounts to members that return!
Based in the USA. Amy’s Instagram drew me to her crystal shop. It is filled with treasures of the Earth. Very carefully chosen crystals with many beautiful display pieces.
Based in the UK. A more recent discovery. Lots of Tumble Stones and also some stunning display crystals. Many Thumb Stones & Wands.
Based in the UK. This crystal shop and website is a member of the FTMG Fair Trade Minerals and Gems. Their crystals are ethically mined and high quality. Lots of unique and unusal stones here.
Based in India. I found them through their popular Instagram page while looking for a Pyrite Pyramid. I was very happy with my experience and the quality of their crystals. Ideal for those in India.
Do you know any good places online to buy crystals? I welcome genuine buyer recommendations in the comments below but please no self-promotion advertising. This post has attracted lots of spammy comments… Thank you for your understanding. (Please keep any questions you have on topic if you want a response).
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