by Jennie Harding
ISBN: 978-1-60061-041-7 ©2007
The first thing I noticed when I purchased this book a few years ago was the exceptional use of color throughout the book. Over one hundred crystals are beautifully photographed against a black background, which really makes them stand out. Each crystal described in the book is given a 2-page spread. On the left (white), are the crystal’s structure, location and history (lots of interesting historical tidbits!). There are also small photos of the crystal in its rough form. On the right (black), are the crystal’s healing properties, color, hardness, rarity, etc.
The beginning portion of the book goes into detail regarding crystals and color, crystal structure, history and more. The mid-section deals with the crystals themselves, which are color-coded, and the remaining pages offer useful information such as crystal remedies; healing chakra layouts; birthstones; zodiac stones; physical and psychological afflictions and the crystals used to remedy those; cleansing crystals; crystals for children; a glossary; an index and further resources.
Although this is a very informative crystal guide, there are a couple of issues that would have made it exemplary. For starters, the metaphysical healing information on each stone is geared more for those who happen to deal in chakra healing (which is a great thing if you happen to do a lot of chakra healing). I would’ve liked to have had a bit more information here. The other issue, and this is purely my opinion, is the index. Sure, you can look up a crystal by color, but if you don’t know what color it is, you immediately go to the index. Bring your magnifying glasses! The type here is so small that it’s difficult to read.
· Stunning photographs
· Color-coded pages
· 2 pages per crystal
· Crystal healing section that includes cleansing, physical/psychological ailments, birthstones, an index, glossary and more.
· A section devoted to artificial crystals
· Great historical information as well as structure/formation/location.
· Could use more metaphysical information, less chakra information
· Index print is too small
All in all, Jennie Harding’s Crystals is an excellent resource on crystals and one that should be kept in the crystal enthusiast’s/healer’s libraries.
By Sonia Acone
Healing Crystals Expert