The Best Power Crystals for Protection and Positive Energy—and How To Use Them

Crystals and gemstones have long been used for their protective and cleansing properties. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know which crystals for protection are the most powerful for blocking negativity and promoting positive energy.

Whether you're looking for a stone to keep with you for protection as you go about your day-to-day errands or you want extra security for your home, there are options available to keep negative energy away.

To gain insight into the crystals that pack the biggest metaphysical punch, we consulted with experts in energy healing to find out their recommendations.

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What Is the Strongest Stone for Protection?

Maria Lovera, owner of Khemia Crystals, recommends black tourmaline as the ultimate protection stone, saying, "Place one at the entrance of your home to build a protective shield against negativity or wear one to protect your energy.'" 

Sandra Wright
and Leanne Marrama, authors of Awakening the Crystals: The Ancient Art and Modern Magic of Gems and Stones, echo Lovera, adding that black tourmaline “has shielding power that creates an energetic wall around victims of negative people.” They share that you should wear, place and carry black tourmaline in the workplace and home to ward off low vibrations.

However, according to shiatsu grandmaster Kumiko Kanayama, there may not be one clear answer for the very best stone for protection. "Each crystal is like a source of pure energy, and that energy changes all the time. You must hold and listen to the crystal; crystals can give you whatever you need at a certain time of your life." She advises trusting your intuition when it comes to choosing a stone for protection.

What Stones Get Rid of Negativity?

Kanayama believes "all stones made from nature have innate positivity," explaining, "In Japan, we believe there is a god in stones, minerals and crystals and that negativity comes only from human beings." She cautions against using any man-made or machine-made stones. 

According to Lovera, "Dark-colored stones like black tourmaline, onyx, obsidian, agate, smoky quartz and shungite are especially protective and can dispel negativity."

Wright and Marrama agree that smokey quartz and shungite are extremely strong stones for getting rid of negativity. They share that smokey quartz is good for when you’re going to be in “sketchy situations” that leave you feeling out of control, as “smokey quartz dispels negative energy.”

The authors add that shungite crystals give off a “grounding, healing vibration that will provide emotional strength, and prevent unconstructive thoughts from poisoning the mind.” They advise that you wear or carry it when you need added strength or you’re going to be around draining individuals.

What Is the Best Crystal To Protect Your Home?

Kanayama recommends choosing a stone based on your zodiac sign and provides suggestions for each sign. However, she notes, "If you aren't drawn to any of these, you can use any crystals you feel drawn to."

Kanayama suggests these stones for your astrological sign:

Aries: Carnelian, Red Jasper & Citrine

Taurus: Pyrite & Rose Quartz

Gemini: Jade & Tigers Eye

Cancer: Moonstone & Labradorite

Leo: Tigers Eye & Garnet

Virgo: Amazonite, Amethyst & Fluorite

Libra: Pink Tourmaline & Lapis Lazuli

Scorpio: Ruby, Amethyst & Citrine

Sagittarius: Shungite, Smokey Quartz & Labradorite

Capricorn: Azurite & Peridot

Aquarius: Hematite & Yellow Jasper

Pisces: Black Tourmaline & Aquamarine

Again, in general, Lovera swears by black tourmaline for protecting the home: “You can place it at the entrance of your home, or place different pieces in different corners of your space to build a protective grid."

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The Best Power Crystals for Protection and Positive Energy—and How To Use Them

Black tourmaline isn't the only crystal for protection that our experts recommend. Here's what to know about their other recommendations.


Amethyst helps protect and uplift you. Kanayama suggests: "Place it near your bed at night for better sleep. Place it over your third eye (on the center of your forehead). Place it near your front door, where people go in and out. Hold it in your hand while meditating. Place it on your office desk to protect from computers and tension in the office. Wear it as jewelry. Keep it inside of your pocket or handbag."

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz fills you with positive vibes. Kanayama advises: "Include it in any rituals or placing them on an altar or sacred space.” She goes on to suggest wearing rose quartz crystals on your body, or placing one under your pillow, decorating your home with them, holding them while you meditate, or adding them to your beauty routine, such as using rose quartz gua sha to massage your face gently.


Selenite cleanses and recharges. Kanayama recommends meditating while holding it, wearing it, placing it over the chakras in your body, using it to cleanse other crystals or placing the selenite in your home in a quiet place.

Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline shields against negativity. Wright and Marrama weigh in on the best crystals for protection and dispelling negativity: “Wear or place black tourmaline in the workplace and home to ward off low vibrations."

Smokey Quartz

Smokey quartz dispels adverse energy. Wright and Marrama explain: "When it is possible, protect yourself before meeting or gathering with emotionally draining people. Sometimes we are forced to be around people who are mentally draining. These people can be family or co-workers. In sketchy situations that leave a person feeling out of control, being surrounded [by] smokey quartz will help. Smokey quartz dispels negative energy."


Shungite provides emotional strength. Wright and Marrama say: "Shungite has a grounding, healing vibration that will provide emotional strength, and prevents unconstructive thoughts from poisoning the mind. Wear or carry shungite to prepare and give strength to your resolve when attending gatherings with draining individuals."

Let these crystalline allies empower you on your spiritual journey.

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