Whether you attract negative emotional energy, or need protection against manipulation and psychic attack, these nine crystals for protection can help.
Crystals can provide spiritual protection in many ways.
A good example is the negative thoughts of toxic people in your life. Emotions such as jealousy and anger can leave you feeling heavy, drained and unsettled. Without spiritual protection, these energies can be difficult to shake.
Stressful environments can have a similar effect. People have short tempers and poor attitudes in airports, queues and shopping centres. Certain crystals for protection can provide relief by shielding you from these thoughts.
Healing crystals can also protect in more esoteric environments. When astral travelling, for example, some stones stop malevolent spirits or spirit attachments. The right crystals can also protect your aura and prevent psychic attack.
The key is to choose a crystal that aligns with the type of protection you need in your life. Below is a guide to nine crystals for protection - along with tips for choosing the right stone for your intentions.
Note: You'll notice that many crystals for protection are dark or black in colour. This is because they’re the most powerful at absorbing or deflecting negative energy, while grounding through the Root Chakra.
Which are the Best Stones for Protection?
1. Black Tourmaline (Black Stone for Protection)
Origin: Brazil, Zimbabwe, Australia, USA, Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Black tourmaline is a powerful all-round stone for protection and is a must have for your collection. It’s probably the best crystal for repelling lower energies and frequencies, or for encouraging a more positive emotional attitude.
The reason black tourmaline is so effective is that it transmutes negative energy into positive. This acts like a metaphysical force field around you, to keep other people's bad thoughts and feelings away.
By activating the connection between the root chakra and earth, it also protects you from ill-wishers and negative attitudes, whilst cleansing stagnant energy in your environment.
Tip: Combine black tourmaline with fire agate for a fiery combination.
Jet isn’t a crystal but fossilised wood. It’s harder than coal and is said to protect against violence or illness. It’s a choice for older souls who’ve reincarnated to earth often, and is believed to hold ancient memories.
As a protection stone, Jet guards against darker entities or spirit attachments when spiritually travelling. It's also good for protecting your business and stabilising finances.
Make sure you cleanse Jet regularly though, as it absorbs more impure energies than it emits. Click here for my full guide to crystal cleansing.
3. Black Obsidian
Black obsidian is a formidable healing stone for protection. It’s formed through volcanic eruptions and combines several raw and powerful elements such as fire, earth and water.
An interesting feature of obsidian is that it fractures like flint. The resulting sharp edges can be metaphysically used for cutting through lies, blockages, unresolved relationship and destructive habits.
This stone is also favoured by shamans and white witches to protect and return sorcery, ill fortune and curses.
Additionally, black obsidian is great for empaths. If you need to shield yourself from negative people in your life, are being bullied, or sense unwanted emotions from others, black obsidian will cut the ties from this draining energy.
Note: If you want to learn more about crystals for empaths, click here.
Tip: Use a black obsidian mirror to reflect negative traits, characteristics, or past behaviours. This helps you be honest about yourself and move forward with self-development.
4. Smoky Quartz (Stone of Cooperation)
Colour: Light to Dark Smokey Grey/Brown
Smoky quartz transmutes unlimited negative energy and is a must have for spiritual or psychic protection. It can dissolve negative energy fields, caused by thoughts such as anger and resentment, before grounding them back to earth
While smoky quartz has a gentle essence, it's a powerful and persistent protective stone. So, if you’re a clairvoyant or perform tribal ceremonies, it’ll provide protection from detrimental forces in the ethereal realm.
Smoky quartz is also one of the best crystals for protection to shield against radiation and electromagnetic smog.
5. Amethyst (Stone of Spirituality, Meditation and Contentment)
Colour: Purple to Lavender
Chakra: Crown and Third Eye
Origin: USA, Mexico, Canada, Russia, India, Sri Lanka, Britain, Brazil, Uruguay, Siberia, Africa
As one of the most spiritual of stones, Amethyst's high vibration will protect your energy field against psychic attack and negativity.
It’s another powerful protection stone but, due to its high vibration, has the wonderful attribute of transmuting negative energy into positive.
The ancients used amethyst to break from addictive relationships, encouraging peace of mind and inner strength. It was also used to provide protection against thieves when travelling.
6. Fluorite (Stone of Discernment and Aptitude)
Colour: Rainbow of Colours
Chakra: Heart, Throat, Third Eye
Origin: Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Norway, USA, Britain, China, Peru
Fluorite's essence is purely protective. So, if you’re struggling with unwanted outside influences, negative behaviour patterns or stress, fluorite will help. It's also great for guarding against other people's attitudes.
This healing crystal can also cloak your aura, which hides you from sorcery and psychic attack.
Note: Fluorite is a protective crystal that needs to be cleaned often.
Tip for Using Fluorite: If you’re affected by computer and electromagnetic stress, place a protective fluorite grid around the computer.
7. Hematite (Stone for the Mind)
Colour: Silver, Black, Red with Metallic Sheen
Origin: Italy, Britain, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil
Hematite, with its high iron content and metallic lustre, doesn’t work like other stones for protection.
Instead of just absorbing lower frequency energy, it also creates a protective shield around the body that reflects negative energies back to the sender. In addition, the high iron content makes it one of the strongest stones for grounding.
As a Stone for the Mind, it’s good if you’re a little impulsive, lack focus or are easily distracted, particularly in response to other people’s poor attitudes or unpleasant comments.
8. Blue Kyanite
Chakra: All, But Especially Throat and Third Eye
Origin: Brazil, USA
Blue kyanite is amongst the most effective healing crystals for protection if you’re suffering from any type of bullying or manipulation.
Due to its affiliation with the throat and third eye chakra, it can be a real asset when struggling to understand unkind or cruel behaviours. It’ll give you the strength to speak honestly whilst boosting your self-confidence, which helps calm your emotions and responses.
A bonus is that this crystal for protection never needs cleansing, as it doesn’t accumulate or hold negative energies or vibrations.
9. Labradorite (Stone for Serendipity)
Chakra: All, But Especially Throat and Third Eye
Origin: Brazil, USA
Labradorite's combination of iridescent colours gives you the confidence and ability to be who you are, without worry that others are going to feed off your energy.
The phenomenal energy this crystal exhibits can also shield your aura against psychic attacks and ill-wishing, ensuring your aura stays intact and clear from unwanted influences.
If you need protection from negative energy and unwanted attention from other people, such as jealousy or obsessions, use labradorite to deflect it from you.
BONUS CRYSTAL: Staurolyte (Fairy Cross)
Staurolyte's unique cruciform appearance is great when channelling or connecting with the astral and extra-terrestrial planes. It’ll prevent unwanted spirits and negative entities for forming an attachment, whilst aiding your connection.
It's also a brilliant crystal to use when suffering from addictions, such as smoking. And what could be more appropriate than using the Fairy Cross if your focus is on protecting your environment and conservation!
Tip for Using Staurolyte: Due to Staurolyte's structure, this isn’t a healing crystal often used in jewellery. However, it’s perfect for carrying in your pocket or placing next to you when doing journeying work.
Other Tips for Using Crystals and Gemstones for Protection
Protection crystals are versatile, due to each stone's unique and specific qualities. But remember to programme them with your intention for the best results.
Here are several ways you can gain the most benefit from crystals for protection:
- If you want to protect your home from negativity, create a crystal grid with four pieces of black tourmaline, each placed in a corner of a room or the four external corners of the property. You can also put tourmaline outside your front door to ensure you leave negativity outside.
- Another way to protect yourself is to cut cords from other people’s dramas, "clinginess" or negative attitudes. You can use a black obsidian arrowhead, or a piece that has a point, and trace a protective ring around your entire body. You can also allow your intuition to guide you in making a cutting motion through the point of attachment to your aura, to sever the connection.
- Smoky quartz jewellery defends and grounds negative influences. This is great at work or in crowds, where a mixture of insecurities, personal vendettas and negative attitudes could be present. Bracelets and necklaces containing smoky quartz (or other crystals for protection) are particularly good choices.
- To protect yourself from electromagnetic smog, place healing crystals for protection such as smoky quartz, shungite, black tourmaline or fluorite in a grid around your computer or desk.
Tip: If you want to have more positive energy throughout the day, take a look at my guide to the best crystals for energy.
Which Angels are Associated With Protection?
Most angels can be called upon for protection. They want the best for you, after all.
However, there are certain angels that are more aligned to protection than others, and it’s to these that we would invoke when working with these crystals.
- Archangel Michael – By invoking Archangel Michael, who aligns with the ray of blue, you can ask him to wrap his blue cloak around you to protect from bad energy. He holds the Sword of Truth and this can be used to cut away negative emotions.
- Angel Haqadesh – Angel Haqadesh can be invoked to protect you from lower energies and energy vampires.
- Archangel Chamuel – Invoke Archangel Chamuel for protection on all aspects of romance.
Summary and My Favourite Protection Stones
Whether you’re experiencing negative thoughts and emotions, or other people leave you feeling heavy and drained, one thing’s for certain: you need protection.
By using these crystals for protection, best aligned to the cause, you can bring positivity and joy back into your life.
My favourite crystal to use for protection is black obsidian. It feels powerful, and I love the way it cuts through negativity and blockages.
About the Author: Mary Ancillette
Mary is a spiritual teacher, published author and therapist from the UK. She's passionate about helping others improve their lives through harnessing the power of crystals and spirituality.