Crystal tips

Do crystals really work? Super talked to crystal believers and asked how their collection helped them, where to buy and how to spot fakes.

Sheena Ramos

Theater actress

I started buying for myself after attending Theta Healing sessions. Today I have 712 raw and tumbled pieces, plus crystal jewelry.

Recently I was able to manifest a huge project with the help of a crystal grid! I wanted to practice my craft again as an actor, and a project came with the details that I asked for. I used the Flower of Life crystal grid pattern with abundance crystals (citrines, carnelians, pyrites, rutilated quartz, aventurine, moss and tree agates, garnets, yellow sapphires and dravites).

Locally I get raw and tumbled pieces from Heras Crystals, 5D Healing Crystals, The Crystal Rose Room, Seven Crystals, Indigo Crystals, Crystallo, CuriousCatPH, Crystal Druids, Clear Space Manila and The Sacred Space Philippines.Keep in mind that crystals are not the ultimate cure—they are enhancers and you must also put in the work. Buyers who don’t deal with the root of the problem think crystals are fake.

Rep. Christopher de Venecia

The Sandbox Collective theater company founder

I don’t know how to quantify my collection, but every new and full moon, it takes me around 30 minutes to bring all of them out in my balcony to recharge them underneath the goddess energy.

I have come to rely on crystals when taking the microphone at committee hearings. During really important public speaking moments, I sometimes bring a whole slab of lapis lazuli and display it within full view of everyone else. Haha! I’m sure people are puzzled.

Crystals are accumulated from my travels. The really precious ones are from Nepal. My go-to place in Manila is 5D Healing Crystals in Makati Cinema Square.

Seph Asong


I started collecting crystals last year after getting acquainted with meditation and energy healing. I have 10 crystals so far, bought online and during trips abroad.

My energy was drained every time I go home from work so I talked to friends who are into Reiki healing. A practitioner who told me to buy a black tourmaline, which is powerful in repelling negative energy and giving protection. A crystal is a conduit for giving off and receiving energy so when I travel, I always carry my crystals to make sure I have an “equalizer” to balance the energy I give to the universe, and the energy I wish to receive.

Tanya Ray Lim Castillo

@thecharmprojectph_gemstones on Instagram

The Charm Project is an online store specializing in crystal bracelets and necklaces, and raw gemstone.

Growing up, my mom made sure my siblings and I wear crystal bracelets or earrings especially whenever we were sick. Last year I had a dengue scare for the second time and wore a 14 mm Burmese jade bracelet and Madagascar rose quartz. The coolness of the crystals made me feel safe and their auras helped keep my fears and anxieties at bay.

When buying, don’t overthink. Let the crystal choose you. Real crystals are heavy and cold, and adapts to the temperature of the room or the wearer. Authentic crystals have flaws and the color varies. We also customize for personal styles and needs.

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