My crystal phase didn’t come after connecting with a starry-eyed stranger of dubious sobriety at a music festival. It did not come after accidentally attending a particularly mystical breath healing class at my local yoga studio where, yes, crystals are readily available for purchase. My crystal phase came right after my dinosaur phase (which honestly never really ended) at age six. Hypersthene, rhodonite, the quartzes—oh, the quartzes! They were my Pokémon. I needed them all. Because they were cool.
I never stopped liking crystals. But as crystals and their purveyors appear increasingly on the rise in the adult, urbanite culture I’ve adopted 25 years since that childhood fascination, I can’t help but notice how the stakes have changed. Healing totems, intention vessels, guardian amulets. Are these the same rocks I aimlessly fiddled with as a kid? I’m not one to blindly dismiss the powers of unseen forces (gravity, anyone?). I believe in the power of thought (inasmuch as it has a strong impact on creating actions). But my love for pretty minerals has not come flooding back with their recent rising tide, and I’m not sure whether I’ve become jaded or the crystals themselves have been corrupted.