7 Common Crystals and Their Shapes

There are many crystals available that have different purposes and benefits, so we’ll take things one step at a time. This article discusses 7 common crystals and their lattices or shapes.

1. Amethyst

Amethyst is one of the most popular crystals and one that you’ve probably heard about. This crystal is a stunning purple hue and has been used for ages. Amethyst is associated with February, the month the Romans dedicated to Neptune, their water God. Amethyst is said to connect you to the Divine, which is a higher being.

Different historical Amethyst healing reports state this crystal can control evil thoughts and increase intelligence. Today in the modern world, many people believe in its historical properties in addition to a few others, such as stimulating the Third Eye, Etheric Chakras, and Crown. If you’re interested in enhancing your creativity and passion, Amethyst is the crystal that can help.

2. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is considered a romantic stone because it’s associated with love. If you’re trying to attract love into your life, Rose Quartz can help you with deepening a romantic partnership and learning to love yourself.

Whether you’re searching for a new relationship or want to attract more love into your life, Rose Quartz is your number one go-to crystal. Rose Quartz possesses healing properties and strong vibrations for love, joy, and emotional healing.

3. Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is a crystal you can use to rid your surroundings or environment of negative energy. This is a black crystal that heals the Root Chakra.

This crystal is excellent for different things, such as confidence, protection, focus, and much more. As for the healing aspect, Black Tourmaline can soothe panic attacks and protect you from emotional vampires, who are people who drastically deplete your energy.

4. Selenite

Rejuvenation is one of Selenite’s specialties. It’s normal to feel tired, but when you’re exhausted, it makes maintaining a schedule a daunting task that can seem impossible some days. Exhaustion can also signify that it’s time to perform an aura cleanse.

Selenite, like many crystals, possesses different healing properties. This crystal can cleanse your energy and the energy in different spaces. Selenite can also enhance your spirituality and meditation practices. This crystal can also charge other crystals and help you form a deeper connection with your intuition.

5. Citrine

Citrine is a type of quartz that can help you when you’re feeling “stuck”. This yellow crystal boosts your confidence and restores positive vibes. Citrine carries the power of the sun, giving you comforting energy. This yellow crystal is one of imagination, personal will, and manifestation.

Citrine is also known as the Merchant’s Stone because of its ability to help you receive and maintain wealth. If you’re looking for commercial success, such as your business endeavors, Citrine is a good crystal to use.

6. Jade

If you feel like luck isn’t on your side too often, there’s a green crystal that can help. Think of the Jade crystal as your portable lucky charm. This crystal is good for attracting abundance and prosperity into your life.

You can carry a Jade crystal with you or wear it as jewelry. Wearing the Jade crystal on your left hand is said to bring in blessings from the Universe. This crystal can also help enhance the maturity in relationships and help to keep yourself grounded.

7. Rhodochrosite

Rhodochrosite is another crystal that deals with relationships when things have taken a turn for the worst, such as dealing with a broken heart. This crystal will help you overcome all the things that accompany a breakup, such as feeling sad and depressed, having anxiety, and other symptoms.

While meditating, Rhodochrosite stimulates the heart chakra and builds confidence and self-love. This crystal instills a positive outlook on the romance that’s to come and helps remove toxic emotions that are weighing you down and possibly causing you to be miserable and “stuck”.

Crystals Lattices

There are tons of crystals that you can get your hands on. That said, you may be interested in learning about the different shapes crystals can make. There are 7 different crystal lattices.

Cubic or Isometric

Some crystals have 8 faces (Octahedrons) and/or 10 faces (Dodecahedrons). Crystals that fall into this lattice system include the following:

  • Chromite
  • Cubic Zirconia
  • Diamond
  • Helvite


Tetragonal crystals are similar to cubic and isometric crystals. However, Tetragonal crystals are longer along one axis than the other. Crystals in this lattice system form prisms and double pyramids. Crystals in this lattice system include the following:

  • Anatase
  • Apophyllite
  • Cassiterite
  • Ekanite
  • Fergusonite


Orthorhombic crystals and tetragonal crystals are similar, except Orthorhombic crystals are not square in the cross-section. These crystals can form rhombic prisms or pyramids (two pyramids stuck together). Crystals that are included in this lattice system include the following:

  • Adamite
  • Alexandrite
  • Anhydrite
  • Aragonite
  • Barite


Hexagonal crystals have a cross-section that is a six-sided hexagon or prism. Crystals that are categorized in this lattice include the following:

  • Covellite
  • Apatite
  • Benitoite
  • Cancrinite
  • Emerald


Trigonal crystals feature a single 3-fold axis of rotation instead of the 6-fold axis that hexagonal crystals feature. Crystals that are categorized in this lattice system include:

  • Carnelian
  • Amethyst
  • Bloodstone
  • Brucite
  • Cinnabar


Triclinic crystals are the “oddballs”. These crystals usually aren’t symmetrical from one side to the other, which creates awesome but odd shapes. Crystals that fall into the Triclinic lattice system include the following:

  • Albite
  • Axinite
  • Kyanite
  • Pectolite
  • Serandite


Like Tetrafonal crystals, Monoclinic crystals often form double pyramids and prisms. Crystals that are included in this lattice system include the following:

  • Azurite
  • Charoite
  • Augite
  • Creedite
  • Cryolite
  • Gypsum

You’ve just learned about 7 common crystals and their lattices. Now it’s time for a fun activity. Have a look at your crystals and see if you can determine which lattice each crystal belongs to!