Crystals – I’ve been drawn to them since I was little. Always picking up stones and holding them up to the light peering around for a twinkle. My first crystal was a Lapis Lazuli. I was 19, dawdling around Spellbox in Melbourne’s Royal Arcade.
A glittering tray of gems caught my eye at the counter and I wandered over to them. Lapis Lazuli, a stone said to be in alignment with my Sagittarius star sun, caught my eye. I tucked it into my bra, at the advice of the woman behind the store counter, and wandered off.
Crystals of all shapes and sizes have made their way to me since then:
A trio of amethyst, jade and rose quartz stones as a KK gift.
A sage wand, citrine cluster and selenite stone when I quit my job.
Another piece of citrine from a beautiful friend when I left another job to have a baby.
The masterpiece stunner clear quartz cluster that I eyed off every morning and purchased when we eloped in Byron Bay. Sitting in front of me as I type is a beautiful purple and green fluorite wand and a little piece of blue lace agate.
Clear communication = amplified!
While I marvel at the sheer beauty and incredible ways of Mother Nature I must confess, I really don’t know how to harness the incredible energy of these pieces.
While scrolling through Instagram I came across Rachel Crethar’s feed @rock_and_co. Dazzling gems sparkling at me from my screen. I was drawn to her soft, intuitive vibe and the crystals she sourced were stunning.
Captivated and eager to learn more, I asked Rachel if she’d be happy to share the passion behind her brand new business Rock & Co and also let us in on magic behind the minerals.
Tell us a little bit about the story behind Rock & Co.
Rock & Co started as a side project while I was on maternity leave with my second child, Louis. I found the transition from one to two children really tough and discovered meditation as a coping mechanism. Meditation really opened up my spiritual side a lot more and I started to become fascinated with crystals.
At first I was drawn into crystals and minerals purely from an aesthetic point of view – and once I started to see positive changes in my own life I started becoming more and more interested in the metaphysical side of things.
My first crystal was a Citrine cluster (one of the crystals known for increasing wealth) and within the week our little household had three financial wins in various forms and in totally unexpected ways – I was hooked!
I began reading and educating myself on everything to do with crystals and minerals that I could get my hands on. That said I don’t claim to be an expert – I think you could work with crystals and minerals for 20 years and still not know all there is to know about them.
How does Rock & Co work?
I tend to source based on instinct, beauty and colour first and foremost.
Once I get the beauties home then I give them a cleanse – I always start with sage, and then depending on the type of stone then I might use some salt water, or sunlight.
If I’m not familiar with the type of stone I’ve sourced then I always try and live with it in my home or on my desk for a bit. That way when I write its meaning on the site I have my own opinions and intuition, rather than just what I’ve read.
I like to put a positive intention into the crystals before I send them. I’ve had quite a bit of feedback about the wonderful energy from the crystals received, which has been so exciting!
The positive emails from customers have been the single most thrilling thing since starting Rock & Co! From a little girl whose night terrors stopped after receiving her Rose Quartz, to a couple who said they got the house of their dreams and won two new contracts for their small business after they bought a Pyrite Matrix – everytime I get one like this it just brings a smile to my face and reaffirms that I’m on the right path.
What is your most frequently asked question?
I’m receiving emails from people wanting me to help choose the right piece for them, or source a specific crystal for a certain place in their house which I absolutely love doing! And the best thing about this is that I get to know them a little bit more personally – so I set their crystal intentions accordingly.
What is your best advice for using your intuition when buying a crystal online?
Most people know what they are looking for either from an aesthetic or metaphysical point of view before they go online, and then once they see the images I’ve had a few people say to me that they keep being drawn back to one particular crystal.
I also had some people drawn to one they’ve seen on Instagram too.
What is it that attracts us to certain crystals?
Quite often it’s the beauty or unique colours first, and then once people find out the metaphysical properties they realise that a crystal is actually exactly what they needed!
What are your favourite crystals and how do you use them?
My favourites tend to change depending on what I’m working on – personally or professionally. I’m doing lots of creative work for my business and I’m really drawn to my Citrine piece. I also have a lot of Clear Quartz around the house – with two young children, my advertising job and Rock & Co I need as much mental clarity and calm surrounding me as possible.
I’m also really fascinated by Apophyllite – it has been around the house a lot since starting Rock & Co and I love the way it mixes with so many other stones so beautifully. I’ve been working through some old blockages with my kinesiologist recently and I feel like that’s why I’m being so drawn to this crystal.
But my ‘sweetheart’ crystal is my piece of Celestite. It seriously has my heart. I find it so calming and soft that I keep it on my bedside table.
Which crystals do you suggest for someone starting out their collection?
Clear Quartz is the most versatile crystal due to its energy clearing and protection abilities, as well as its healing influence. I think it’s the perfect start to any collection.
Rose Quartz is also great for loving, soothing energy – and who doesn’t need a little extra self-love and confidence in themselves?
What are the best crystals for different areas of the home?
For the bedroom I love Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz, Amethyst or Celestite.
For the desk I love Clear Quartz, Citrine, Pyrite or Malachite.
In terms of the main living area there are so many options.
It really depends what you are working through, who else is living in the house with you, and what they need at the time.
Personally I like Clear Quartz as it balances the energy in the household and creates family harmony.
Can you cleanse and recharge a crystal that has been broken?
When a crystal breaks it has either served its purpose or wasn’t meant for you.
How do you choose the right crystal for yourself?
I tend to use instinct a lot of the time, a crystals beauty or unique colours are usually the first thing I notice – and not surprisingly
Looking for the perfect piece for your home, desk or meditation space or want a particular pretty piece sourced?
Get in touch with Rachel to unearth the perfect crystal for you.
Do you carry your crystals everywhere you go? What’s your favourite?