What’s the difference between raw vs polished crystals for crystal healing? Which is better? Are raw and natural crystals more powerful? Does cutting or polishing crystals weaken their energy? Here’s my take…

Raw Vs Polished Crystals: The Big Debate

This can sometimes be a bit of a controversial topic in the crystal healing community. As I get a lot of questions about this I want to cover it in more detail here. I want to clarify what I believe and why I think this to hopefully clear up any confusion.

📌 PLEASE NOTE: This article isn’t about anyone’s personal preference. You may prefer one type over the other and that is fine.

I have been working with crystals for many years but this is just my perspective. You can make up your own mind. First, I want to blow a myth right out of the water…

Raw Vs polished crystals is a hot topic in the crystal community

Crystal Myth Busting

You may have been told by someone that crystals that are carved into shapes or polished have weak or no energy… In my opinion, this is a modern misconception. It often comes from virtue-signalling crystal puritans and new age fanatics online.

Although they are free to believe this, it makes no sense in a scientific, metaphysical or historical sense to me. Let me explain why…

Remembering The Roots Of Crystal Healing

My biggest problem with these extreme ideas is that they show a complete lack of knowledge about the spiritual and cultural history of crystals, minerals and gemstones. Modern crystal healing exists because of these earlier traditions.

The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans and Indians (to name just a few) were not stupid. They cut, carved and polished crystals and minerals for spiritual purposes. Be careful of throwing valuable ancient knowledge out the window…

The Mask of Tutankhamun

The funerary mask of Tutankhamun is made from Gold, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Obsidian, Carnelian, Amazonite and Turquoise.

Crystal Structure Is Infinite

Crystals have an internal crystal pattern that repeats throughout them. It makes no difference if you have a Quartz crystal point, tumbled stone, carving or grain of Quartz sand. Even with non-crystalline minerals, they are still made of the same elements throughout.

Different natural and polished crystal shapes and forms
Different natural and polished crystal shapes and forms

The Power Of Sacred Geometry

Some of the shapes crystals and gemstones are cut into use geometric forms. Sacred geometry occurs everywhere in nature, including in the crystal’s internal structure and outer formations. But this metaphysical science applies to ALL forms, including mad-made ones.

The circle of stones at Stonehenge for example or the Great pyramid don’t have low or no energy just because the stones they are made from were cut and moved into position by people (or ETs). The ancients built sacred sites to harness and amplify the natural spiritual energy of the location.

Stonehenge is just one of the hundreds of stone circles

The Difference Between Raw Vs Polished Crystals

There is a difference between raw vs polished crystals, energetically. But it’s not what some people think. I work with both. Neither is better than the other, it’s more about what you need the crystal for. Let me explain the pros and cons of both below separately:

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Raw Crystals: Pros & Cons

Natural crystals are beautiful creations from nature. Generally, raw crystals can give off strong energy. But, powerful energy isn’t always ideal in all situations. If the crystal is big, this can be very intense and overwhelming to some people.

Raw crystals are great for placing around your home, gridding or meditating with. Angular or fragile crystals are not ideal for carrying on you. They can poke you or easily chip or break.

Also, remember that some crystals are toxic and you don’t want them to shed onto your skin. Polishing stabilises the surface which usually stops them from shedding.

Raw Amethyst Cluster
Raw Amethyst Cluster

Polished Crystals: Pros & Cons

Cutting and polishing a crystal can bring out its hidden inner beauty. You just can’t see this with raw crystals like Labradorite, Fluorite or Phantom Quartz otherwise. Generally, polishing seems to soften and regulate the energy of a crystal.

This makes it easier to receive their energy gradually over time such as in jewellery or chakra crystals for example. However, some geometric forms like pyramids, spheres or points can amplify and focus the energy in a different way.

That’s another reason the ancients did this. Working with different shapes and forms adds meaning and enhances certain properties of the stones. Polishing also makes crystals more comfortable to carry and wear like tumbled stones.

Polished Labradorite Palm Stone
Polished Labradorite Palm Stone

Hopefully, you can see that both types of crystal forms have the same amount of energy. It’s just that they release their energy in different ways. (PLEASE keep any questions you have concise and stick to this blog post topic if you want a response).

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