Everyone from Instagram wellbeing wizards to Hollywood stars is turning to the benefits of crystals. Apparently Adele has one in her palm when performing on stage. Victoria Beckham is equipped with them backstage at her fashion shows. Miranda Kerr even filters them in her own skincare line (psssst: It’s Rose Quartz).
But: Do they even work?
For centuries, different cultures from Aztecs to Ayurvedic doctors, believed in the healing power of crystals. Due to their unique natural structure, they're supposed to emit vibrations. When crystals get in touch with lower vibrations, they raise the vibration of that person or thing to macht its own. It works like a spring board: Crystals can lift you up to their higher frequency. It's a highway to overcome mental, physical and spiritual blockages.
However there aren’t any legitimate studies backing up that crystals emit vibrations that affect our minds and bodies. Yet, certain experiments showing that crystals can conduct energy. In 1880, French physicist Pierre Curie revealed that putting pressure on various crystals – including quartz – created electricity. Due to this phenomenon, called the Piezoelectric effect, crystals are used as essential elements in computers, TV screens, iPhones and satellites.
A limited amount of studies has also shown that crystals can increase the alkalinity of water - functioning like a protection shield from acids. There is also science to support the benefits of using crystals in skincare beyond the finely milled quartz often found in exfoliators. Celebrity brand La Mer, for instance, utilises magnetised crystals as a key ingredient to energise your skin and improve cleansing efficiacy as well as boost circulation.