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Not All Black Stones are Created the Same

When you look up black stones in crystal books or marketing materials, they seem to all be used for the same thing--clearing and protection. While this is true to some extent, each black crystal has its unique qualities and benefits. Let me explain why they aren't all the same.

Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline is highly piezoelectric and pyroelectric, and it shares a similar hardness category with quartz. It's one of the few crystals that can produce negative ions, which are healthier for us than positive ones. These qualities make it a logical choice for those seeking protection. Black Tourmaline can be a wonderful addition to your collection if you're looking for a stone that actively represents safeguarding and positive energy.


Hematite is an iron-rich stone that ranks around 6 out of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale. Historically, it has been valued mystically worldwide for producing red ocher when ground into powder. I've found Hematite to be incredibly useful for grounding, helping us focus on releasing energy to the earth. Interestingly, other historical grounding stones like Pyrite and Shaman Stones, are also iron-rich. Think of Hematite as a pocket-sized grounding rod to help you release lower frequency energy and make room for higher frequencies.


Shungite is relatively new to the crystal scene but has been used in Russia for centuries as a water purifier. While technically not a crystal, it's composed of clusters of carbon atoms called fullerenes. These fullerenes have shown promise in medical studies for their antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to interact with EMF radiation. Energetically, you can picture Shungite as a sponge, absorbing stray EMF and purifying your energy. However, be cautious as Shungite can contain metals like nickel and lead, so proper purification methods are necessary for safe use.


Obsidian, technically not a crystal but volcanic glass, has been prized for millennia for making knife blades, arrow points, and spiritual objects. It’s still used today for making fine surgical blades. With a hardness of 5 out of 10, Obsidian comes in various colors. Energetically, it acts as a sponge, drawing lower frequencies and helping to purify our energy field. However, pure Obsidian can be intense, bringing up shadow energies and memories in ourselves we might not be ready to face. In such cases, colored Obsidian, like Mahogany Obsidian which contains Hematite, could be a better choice for its additional grounding properties.

Choosing the Right Black Stone

When considering a black stone, it’s important to first identify your intention. Handle each type of stone if you can, and explore which one feels right for you. Each black crystal offers different energies and benefits, so choose the one that resonates with your personal needs and goals.

Explore the unique qualities of these black crystals and discover how they can enhance your energy and well-being. Remember, the right crystal can make all the difference in your journey towards a balanced and harmonious life.

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