Crystal Shapes and their Meanings

Crystals come in many different shapes and forms. With a plethora of options, it may be fun yet daunting to choose a crystal in a shape based on their properties and energy effects. Just like any other tool you use, crystal shapes are configured to different uses and finding the right one would enhance your experience with the crystal. For example, if you are using your crystal for direct meditation, you might want to get it in the shape of a wand as wand shapes are associated with intentional thinking to aid healing.

However, it is important to note that the shape of the crystals would not inhibit their properties or change the type of energy it gives off. A rose quartz pyramid would be just as heart-opening as any other piece of rose quartz, but the shape you choose will have a subtle effect on how their energy is being channelled. 

In this article, we will cover common crystal shapes and their meanings. 

8 common type of crystal shapes:

1. Cubes

Crystals found in a cubic formation are associated with the root chakra. If you need some grounding energy in your life, Cubic crystals might be the perfect shape for you to reconnect with the powerful energy of the earth. This crystal shape channels stability and steadfastness, being reminded of your roots and standing your ground. One of our favourite crystal cubes is the Wonderstone Cube

2. Pyramids

Pyramids are believed to symbolise the rays of the sun, thought to harness high vibrational energies. The shape of the pyramid is believed to represent the earth’s foundation at the bottom and the pointed top represents the pathway to the higher realms of consciousness. This particular shape is one of the most powerful tools for manifestation which can also help filter out any negative energies and clear blockages. It’s no surprise that this sacred geometrical shape has been popular since ancient times!

3. Spheres

Spheres being a perfect symmetrical crystal shape brings balance, peace and relaxing energies into its environment, and allow energy to emit in all directions. Spheres are also popular for its ability to stimulate the flow of positive energy in chaotic environments whilst assisting in uplifting a person’s energy field, thereby improving their wellbeing. The spherical shape is perfect for channelling energy around the room, as spheres are known to emit the crystal properties uninhibitedly around and hence it is the perfect shape for a large room.

4. Tumbled Stones

These small crystals are perfect for carrying around with you so your energy can entrain with the stable frequency of the crystal. The more you keep your crystals close to your body, the more your energy aligns with their vibration. One of the benefits of tumbled stones is the fact that they are travel-sized, perfect for carrying around in your pocket or purse to generate positive energy wherever you go. 

In addition, tumbled stones work amazingly well together when placed in crystal grids, to boost your manifestations.

5. Hearts

Crystal hearts stand for inner peace, kindness, love, and tenderness. It is a popular and effective stone in targeting your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages associated with the concept of compassion. This crystal shape also has a powerful vibration that heals your heart, balances your heart chakra, and instils serenity to your nerves giving a positive feeling to the mind and body.

6. Obelisk/Tower

The obelisk amplifies energy and focuses it out through the top of the point. These crystals help people attain or keep good mental, physical, and emotional balance. Obelisk crystals are used to dissipate negative energy making it a useful shape for locations like the workplace or any room for that matter, in which there may be stress or conflict. 

Crystal obelisks and towers work the same way, with only the number of sides being different. Obelisks is a four-sided shaft of stone while towers can be four-sided, six-sided or even eight-sided. 

7. Wands

Crystal Wands have so many benefits and healing properties that it is sometimes called a “magical wand”. The elongated and cylindrical shape of most wands enables the crystal to focus its healing energy in a straight line so it can be directed and used on a specific part of the body. It’s the power of your intentions that moves the energies of the crystal wand so it is important to program your wands for their intended purpose.

8. Palm stones 

Palm Stones are used to reduce stress and calm the nerves, perfect to hold during meditation. It is also an overarching term for Thumb Stones, Gallets, and Touch Stones.

Thumb Stones

Also known as worry stones, thumb stones are small and often have an indent on one side to place your thumb.


These stones are usually larger in size, thick, and circular. These are used interchangeably with palm stones, but the larger variants.

Touch Stones

Touch stones are very large palm stones and are often similar to freeform stones.

In conclusion, the list of shapes is not exhaustive and to determine what shapes to use, you can pick a crystal that calls out to you and see if it aligns with your needs. 


Crystal Shapes FAQ

Why are crystal shapes important?Different crystal shapes give and receive energy differently. Therefore, it is important to choose the best crystal shape that aligns perfectly with your intentions in order to enhance and magnify your transformation. 

Do the different crystal shapes affect the purpose and properties of the crystals?
The shape of the crystals would not inhibit their properties or change the type of energy it gives off.

Are raw crystals better than man-made shaped crystals?
Raw crystals are untouched, untreated crystals while man-made polished crystals have gone through a process to smooth them out. However, the tumbling process does not take away any of the crystals' energy or vibration and holds the same properties as the raw ones.

Does the size of the crystal shape matter? e.g. Big Sphere vs. Small Tumble
Each crystal holds the same energy despite the size difference and you will get the same powerful and healing benefits. If you want to keep a crystal which is within your aura, we would also recommend crystal jewellery since these are worn close to your body.




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