I have several framed (and non framed) Giclee Prints of my Hand of Alchemy design currently available in my store!
In Alchemy, the hand of mysteries holds the keys to divinity and invites you discover great secrets! All of the symbols represent different elements, their various abilities and spiritual significance.
This signed fine art giclee print measures 5" x 7" and is ready to make any space a bit more… mysterious.
Please check out my Etsy store if you are interested.
I got a lot of mine from Green Earth, in the beginning, honestly. Haven’t had any issues with them.
I enjoy going to weekend farmer’s markets, they tend to have booths that carry them. I went to one just this past weekend and got amazing pieces of raw fluorite, raw tiger’s eye (I had never seen it before), and an awesomely shaped quartz point. I am in love.
There’s this amazing Rock Shop in a city a couple hours away from me. Like, seriously beyond words phenomenal. So many specimens, and so well priced. Like, ahhh~
I don’t tend to shop online too much, because I know it can be easy to not get exactly what you see on screen. There was one shop I found (that happened to be based out of my old city, so I got local pick-up and no shipping charges, woo!) and that one I really liked, but they were “closed” the last time I checked, and I’ll be damned if I know the name anymore, and I found them again! They were called [Coyote Rainbow] on Etsy, and I’ll have to see about getting my friend to pick some up from them for me some time. :D
Hi! I just wanted to know, do you know of a good place where beginner witches can get crystals? Are they usually bought online (like easy), or in store, or found in nature? Are there pros/cons to any of these options?
All three are valid options, honestly - it depends on what you have access to, mostly; i.e., it wouldn’t be so prudent to go for a physical store if you don’t have any in your area, and buying online is harder without internet access. But yes there are pros and cons to each. (Not a complete list, just stuff off the top of my head.)
Etsy Stores / Online
there is a huge variety of stores, and therefore selection
it is quick and easy to get crystals this way
you can find price ranges all over the place
lots of stores are super friendly - I’ve gotten freebies before for larger purchases (also got free shipping because the store was in my city, I just walked to a meet-up spot lol)
you cannot “feel out” the energies of the crystal beforehand
some less reputable stores could send you “fake” crystals
some stores just fail to articulate if their products are man-made or natural (I’m not an elitist, man-made is cool, but there is a difference in energies, plus getting scammed for higher prices is not cool)
shipping prices can kill
not all stores may ship to your actual location
you are restrained to what the pictures show you about the specimen
you get to “feel” the crystal to see if it is right for you
you are free to inspect it from all angles
you can talk to people face to face about different crystals
generally bound to what a store has access to for selection
some stores are prone to selling “fake” crystals (i.e. “turquoise” as dyed blue howlite, *cough cough* Green Earth)
if you don’t have any actual stores in your area, obviously this isn’t helpful
specialty stores sometimes skyrocket the prices because of supply vs demand BS
this is a great chance to be in nature and feel the crystals as naturally as possible
probably has the most “witchy feel” / aesthetic to it
places that have crystals naturally are not always easy to find
unless you super know what you’re looking for, you may not find it
you’re likely gonna need a lot of research and probably some equipment to find anything
some areas have zero places to look for crystals naturally (urban cities)
your geographical location also determines what you find - if you’re in an area that has minimal deposits, you’ll likely be hard pressed to find any “actual” crystals
however stones that you feel attached to can still be used in magic, maybe not in the same ways but you know
not a whole lot of selection - you’ll likely find one or two varieties in any one spot
there are laws in some places about this sort of thing, make sure you check
As you can see, each option has its pros and cons; it’s up to you to decide what you have access to, and what you would prefer to do.
For a beginner, online is not a bad place to go, particularly if you don’t have any in-person shops available to you. It is important that you try to find a reputable shop that is known for their quality and consistency.
Here is a list of crystal shops people have recommended in the past:
In regards to online, if you are unsure about a product, feel free to send the store owner a message. Most shops (especially Etsy) are very happy to discuss their selection, what they may be used for, etc.