I've been collecting gems since I was 5 years old and I've amassed quite the collection! I've picked them up in some odd candy stores, roadside gem shows, and through some amazing friends I've found through social media. I used to just grab the first one that I saw but I've learned to cultivate a keen eye. Crystals are all about vibrations and frequencies. They all resonate with you differently based on where your personal frequency is in the moment . I've always been so enamored with citrine because it connects on a fundamental level with my sunshine personality. I really lead from my Solar Plexus Chakra staying open to abundance and the natural buoyancy of life. For others who feel very head-in-the-clouds, they might truly connect with obsidian our tourmaline that keeps them feeling more grounded.
I would definitely encourage you to pick the crystal that FEELS the best to you. Whether that's in your hand or seeing a picture on the internet. If you get a weird vibe from the shop, maybe that's not the place for you. Trusting that the crystal you need to best assist you in raising your collective consciousness is out there! Being tempted to grab the one on sale or from a cheap shop might not serve you the best as one that you've seen and fallen in love with. Often I find one will light up with rainbows just for me when I hold it in my hand or become extremely warm if I hang onto it for a second. That's usually my cue to take it home with me! Sometimes I'll see one I think I really have to have. If that's the case, I'll wait a week or so and if I come back and it's still there and I'm still just as passionate about it, I'll take it home with me.
A good rule of thumb is to think of them and their colors. If you find you're having a difficult time communicating, blue stones are great for opening the throat chakra. If you want to develop your intuition, purple stones (mostly amethyst) is great for illuminating the crown chakra. If you're not quite sure what your passion is in life, go with red to stimulate the sacral chakra.
Tell me what your favorite crystal is in the comments below!