If you're into your crystals and crystal jewellery this is probably the best place to go in Brighton. Unlike most of the other 'spiritual' stores that lend a small corner of the shop to crystals and then pack the rest with all manner of spirituality-related paraphernalia, this place focuses on having the widest crystal selection in Brighton (for the best prices).
Their various selections of tumbled crystals are laid out so beautifully by the entrance that the magpie in me is attracted immediately. My housemate is very into crystal healing, so we're usually in here on a visit into the North Laine. I'm not sure exactly what I believe when it comes to using crystals, but they look pretty and the tumbled ones make highly effective 'worry beads' when I'm feeling particularly stressed. So I guess there's something in it.
The staff in here are brilliant. They know their stuff and can recognise all the crystals on sight if you aren't sure what you're holding. They also have a selection of reference books, including The Crystal Bible, where you can look up the properties of each one if you're looking to practice healing. All in all, a lovely little addition to North Laine and immensely 'Brightonesque'.
Although not named terribly creatively, Crystals does offer a unique and crafty selection of precious stones. Common names like clear and rose quartz, amethyst and amber plus a range of hard-to-pronounce rarities are available in rough and polished stones for a range of prices. The discount area in the middle of the shop has several items for less than £10, while high-quality pieces can be as much as £200.
There are several jewellery options - necklaces, rings, earrings, pendants - in both gold and silver. The silver items are at 30% off during the holiday sale. Other stones have been carved into decorative shapes - tiny animals, Buddhas and other religious figurines are a few of these unique offerings.
A small bookshelf holds several books on the healing power of crystals, beside which is a selection of incense sticks. The shop has a good selection whether you're looking at stones for healing or fashionable purposes, and caters to several price ranges.
Crystals stocks a huge array of, erm, crystals.
Cut in various shapes and with a selection of colours and varieties.
As well as crystals alone, there is a good selection of jewellery available.
They also stock some bizzarely beautiful pieces of petrified wood. I can't quite bring myself to pay £20 for an old tree trunk, but I find them really quite fascinating, so maybe one day.
Crystals will appeal to an eclectic mix of shoppers. Those who want an ornament from the earth, followers of metaphysical teachings and those that just like good jewelry will all find the shop interesting.
Expect the mix of prisms, polished stones and beads. They also have a range of cut vugs (geodes of crystal cut in two) which would make a beautiful addition to a room. They can get pricey, but are certainly out of the ordinary.
Some of the jewelry is also nice and would look good on both guys and girls. As with any crystal wear, price will be dictated by rarity of the stone and the degree of work undertaken on it. They have a small selection of crystal skulls for those interested. The staff will also be quite helpful if you need advise on crystal use.
All in all, I quite like this shop as somewhere to have a little look around, but you would be able to pick up any stones for 'working with' cheaper elsewhere.
Crystals is a cool jewelry store specialising in stones and gems. There's a wide selection of such colourful items available here, and it is certainly worth a visit if you are interested in geology, jewelry, or shiny objects. Bangles and chains are available for those who like to wear their rocks around their person, and there is currently a half price sale on amethysts.
Crystals is a cute shop, which, although not a place I often frequent, is excellent for gifts. You'll find precious and semi- precious stones and jewellery, with super pricey gold options or cheaper sterling silver. If you're happy to spend a bit, some of the rougher hand crafter jewellery would make a lovely unique present.
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