9 Best Crystals and Gemstones for Protection from Negative Energies

A guide to crystals for protection

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?

Black tourmaline

1. Black Tourmaline (Black Stone for Protection)

Colour: Black
Chakra: Root
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

2. Jet

Colour: Black
Chakra: Root
Origin: Worldwide

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.

Black obsidian

3. Black Obsidian

Colour: Black
Chakra: Root
Origin: Worldwide

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.

Smoky Quartz

4. Smoky Quartz (Stone of Cooperation)

Colour: ​Light to Dark Smokey Grey/Brown
Chakra: Root
Origin: Worldwide

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.

Amethyst

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. 

Flourite

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
Chakra: Root
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.

Blue Kyanite

8. Blue Kyanite

Colour: ​Blue/White
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.

Labradorite

9. Labradorite (Stone for Serendipity)

Colour: ​Blue/White
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.

Light in the hands

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.

Angel Icon

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.

Mary Ancillette

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.

27 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Mary this is all new to me however I want to really tap Into the crystals. Is there a negative side to getting involved in this?

  2. Hi Cynthia, thank you for your comment and interest in Angel Grotto. Welcome to the wonderful world of crystal healing!

    You don’t need to worry – crystals provide a safe and uplifting influence on your meridians and energy systems. They’re not a substitute for conventional medicine but work well alongside it.

    Crystals don’t draw negativity towards you, in fact they can transform negative into positive energy. When we use crystals for protection, we’re protecting ourselves from other people’s negative influences and toxic behaviours (such as jealousy and ill-wishing), or to help us cut from destructive habits and relationships.

    My only caution is to not ingest them, such as making elixirs, without first being sure that the one you’re using isn’t toxic. You might also want to read the following articles to help you get started:

    https://angelgrotto.com/crystals-stones/beginners/
    https://angelgrotto.com/crystals-stones/cleansing/

    I am sure you will enjoy your new spiritual journey with crystals and look forward to hearing how you progress with it!

  3. Hi Mary,

    I’ve been suffering with a lot negative forces and spiritual attack. I was told to purchase chiastolite & another cleat brown gem stone (can’t remember the name) which I wear on my person. Would you recommend anything else. I was thinking of purchasing Jet, labradorite & hematite stones?

    Also is there any problems that can arise from carrying all stones on your person or mixing them ?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Saff, thank you for your comment.

      Firstly, I’d protect your living environment. Black tourmaline in your bedroom and at doors is very beneficial. You can also wear this as a pendant.

      Labradorite protects you from psychic attack and Jet from spirit attachments (remember to clean jet regularly). Hematite will shield you and draw negative energies to Earth through the Root Chakra. Amethyst or lapis lazuli can also break up psychic energies.

      Wear these stones in jewellery or keep them on your person. Tumble and thumb stones make good companions. You can wear/carry as many different types as you wish. They each have their unique frequency, so try using different combinations for the best effect.

    • Dear JT, many thanks for your comment.

      You can wear/carry as many different types of crystal as you wish. They each have their unique frequency, so try using different combinations for the best effect.

      Love and blessings,
      Mary

  4. Hello Mary
    I was browsing through all your protection stones. But I still dont know which one that would be best for this particular purpose.
    I think my sister is really open for negative energies, she struggles with low self-esteem, anxiety, anger (Especially anger) and depression. And it feels like her spirit isnt at peace. I really want to help her. Do you have any advice. What stone would be best for her?

    • Hello and thank you for your comment.

      I would suggest that your sister focuses on balancing her Root Chakra, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakra, whilst grounding deep into Earth.

      I feel she would benefit from rose quartz, amethyst, red jasper, moss agate and smokey quartz in particular.

      Love and blessing,
      Mary

  5. My sister thinks that a black source is following her. I like how you mentioned that Black Obsidian helps protect from negative vibes. Thank you for the information. I’ll buy a Black Obsidian bracelet and gift it to her so she can cut the negative vibes that are following her.

    • Dear Jay, thank you for your comment. Yes, black obsidian is great for protection. It’s also good for cutting negative ties and ill-wishing. Black tourmaline will also place a metaphysical field around her aura to protect her, so put some in her bedroom and at the doors to her home.
      Love and blessing,
      Mary

    • Hi Koulla, thank you for your question.

      You can use black tourmaline or black obsidian to protect yourself from psychic attack. Place black tourmaline in the corners of the room when you’re doing readings, and wear jewellery with your favourite protection crystals. You can also invoke Archangel Michael to protect you, he resonates with sugilite, blue kyanite and lapis lazuli.

      Love and blessings.

  6. For years n years, I’ve always felt held back. Somthing is not letting me advance. A dark cloud lingers over my head 24/7. Looking at the 9 protection stones..in thinking OMG..thats me!!!
    In so looking forward to buying some or all of them..and watch myself become what I should have been..or what I want to become.
    Thank you for the detail you put into this website..and the explanations of the stones.

  7. Hi.. Thank you for the info on all of the amazing Crystal’s. Lately I’ve noticed that I’m picking up more often on people’s energy ( sad, angry, happy, worried, very impatience) I try to shift my energy to a positive but lately it’s been harder and harder.. Could you kindly please recomend me a crystal that would help block and/or ground me and the situation and that could give me protection. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarahi, thank you for your comment.

      I feel you would benefit from reading my article Best Crystals for Empaths. There you’ll find a selection of crystals that will help protect against other people’s emotions.

      I suggest hematite or smokey quartz initially, then see what else you are drawn to.

      Love and blessings,
      Mary

  8. Hi Mary, I’ve had a dark force attach itself to me after I moved my family into a rental home that we now live in…this is different from anything I have ever experienced. I recently met a Wiccan at work and became interested in the opal pendant she always wears – fast forward and here I am. What would you recommend? We do plan on moving soon.

    • Hi Joe, thank you for your question. Firstly, I’d suggest you cleanse your house with sage and place black tourmaline at doors and windows. Use amethyst, fire agate, rutilated quartz, hematite or jet for protection and also to send this energy back from where it came from.

  9. Hello, i have had many negative things happen in my life, suffer with anxiety and depression, addiction and have been told i have a curse. Can you tell me what crystal would be best for me to remove the curse, prevent any curses returning and help keep away negativity?

      • Hi Michelle, thank you for your comment. I feel that you need to ground yourself, get out into nature and to start believing in your own abilities. That way you will negate much of this negative influence you have been experiencing. Use black tourmaline for protection and grounding, and black obsidian for cutting ties from negative influences. Red jasper will stir your chi and empower your self-belief. Sleep with amethyst in your bedroom.

  10. Hi there. I have been noticing that I’m attracting the wrong guys in my life. I want to know how to avoid being in that situation, or try to avoid it to prevent further heartaches. Also, I notice that when I have problems they all come at once. Not that I don’t pray, I do, and that helps me a lot. But my question is, how can I avoid these wrong guys coming into my life?

  11. Hi Mary,

    My experience with crystals is very new and I have been carrying rainbow fluorite and hematite together in my pocket everyday for about a month now. My fluroite stone chipped first and after 2 weeks or so it chipped further and cracked. What does this mean ? Am I doing something wrong with it or don’t need fluorite ?

    I haven’t been able to find answer, hope you can help.

    Than you so much !

    • Hi Neha, thank you for your comment. Those are two lovely crystals. Hematite has an ore content and is dense. Fluorite, in contrast, can easily crack or fracture. So it isn’t wise to carry them in the same pocket. If you are drawn to fluorite, maybe wear it in jewellery.

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