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Words by Arianna Solare

Photography by Philippe Lacombe – Set design by Claude Neron

Healing Powers

Crystal healing in concept utilizes and harnesses the energetic properties of crystals to influence an energy field and restore it to a coherent vibrational pattern. The way that crystals are structured not only allows them to respond to the energies around them, but their innate geometric shape causes an accumulation and flow of health enhancing negative ions. Crystals are so balanced in their complexity that the energy they emit is fundamentally stable. So much so that when they recieve discordant energy they have the ability to return it to a harmonized state. The diversity and variety of crystals have been known throughout history to offer specific benefits and healing powers.


Environmental Impact

How do these incredible mineral specimens make their way into the marketplace in such variety, size and quality? And are they harvested with conscience? Most crystals and precious gems are the byproducts of industrial mining and therefore not mined intentionally. Contamination of groundwater, soil, air and the destruction of lands are just a few of the disappointing legacies left behind. Then there is child labor, a savage byproduct of mining in Third World countries. Importers generally buy from dealers and not directly from the mines where the labor occurs. And while some importers claim to be Fair Trade, they are often only referring to the working conditions of the factory carvers. Fortunately though, in developed and developing countries, there are now strict regulations controlling the mining industry which are helping to prevent and offset some of the environmental disasters as well as to transform previous mining sites into recreational areas. In general, quartz and amethyst tend to be available with fewer environmental concerns. Additionally, there are many options for harvesting stones at smaller sustainable mines around the world. According to Energy Muse, a Los Angeles based lifestyle brand: “When working with the energy of the earth, it’s important to appreciate the gift we’re being given – and you can’t appreciate that gift if you’re abusing it…. Those who know how powerful crystal energy is understand why it is vital to respect where it comes from.


The crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance. When it is cut to the proper form and when the human mind enters into relationship with its structural perfection, the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the power of the user’s mind. Like a laser, it radiates energy in a coherent, highly concentrated form and this energy may be transmitted into objects or people at will.

– Marcel Vogel, pioneer in crystal technologies and IBM research scientist.


The late Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that the vibrations of words, sounds and frequencies had a direct effect on the geometric structure of water crystals. He believed water and its crystalline structure to be the “blueprint for our reality.”


Taking crystals from the earth in an unethical way affects the energy of the stone….” According to them, it’s important to prioritize “energetic and ethical sourcing above all else.” At the end of the day, mobile devices potentially pose more of an ethical and environmental concern than crystal mining. That said, there would be no mobile devices without crystals.


Crystals in the Modern World 

Crystals are everywhere and with their coherently ordered structure, they are crucial components in technology. Their ability to store an exceptional amount of information gives them a vital role in the world. For instance, silica dioxide, which can be found in quartz, is responsible for the storage capacity in computer and cell phone processors. Quartz is also used in watches and clocks to help them tell time, while Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens power most televisions and digital devices. Galena and pyrite are used to make radio receivers that don’t rely on batteries. Ruby crystals played an important role in the development of the laser. Add to that the plethora of crystals found in both alternative and mainstream culture. The Olympic Spa in Koreatown (Los Angeles) is one of a handful of spas that house Himalayan salt crystal saunas and Jade steam rooms. These days, crystals live in yoga studios, wellness centers, bedrooms and restaurants, emanating their subtle and positive vibes for the world to harness.


Arianna Solare – as she is known in her human form – is a multidisciplinary artist and white cosmic world bridger who grew up between Malibu and Sedona, amongst an eclectic mix of celebrities and gurus.


“The Egyptians pulverized gems and mixed them with liquid to drink as a healing elixir… It has also been speculated that the pyramids were capped with crystals to channel cosmic forces into the center of the geometric structure.”

– Denecia Dee Jones “How Crystals Shine”


“My gong is flanked by a large smoky quartz on one side and a large amethyst on the other. I find that they receive the sound currents and work in concert together allowing the subtle energies of the crystals to be experienced. I also use two huge chunks of black tourmaline to ground energy. If I am doing private sessions I move them at the feet and head of the client. I work with a rose quartz for the heart and labordorite for the crown. However, my favorite healing crystal is a large 1.2 billion year old auralite 23 wand. I often put this right on the heart or third eye chakra.”

– Sat Purkh, a Topanga canyon based sound healer, uses crystals to enhance her sound baths and healing sessions.


“Crystals facilitate our natural ability to heal ourselves with help from their perfect molecular structures having a positive effect on our electro-magnetic fields. But we actually already have crystals within us. There are crystals in our bones called apatite and we can activate them through our intentions.”

– Vanessa Cuccia, Founder and CEO of Chakrubs

“Indra’s Net” (Indra is the God of Thunder) 

In ancient times, the connection between humans and crystals was luminously expressed in the poetic sacred texts of the Rig Veda, dated at approximately 3,500 years.


There is an endless net of threads

Throughout the universe.

The horizontal threads are in space.

The vertical threads are in time.

At every crossing of the threads,

There is an individual,

And every individual

Is a crystal bead.

The great light of absolute being

Illuminates and penetrates

Every crystal bead and also,

Every crystal bead reflects

Not only the light

From every other crystal in the net,

But also every reflection

Of every reflection

Throughout the universe.