Question and Answer: Are There Any Negative Crystals/Gemstones

Crystal Q and A!! If you have a crystal question, post it below and I will do my best to get you an answer! Here’s one I received recently:


I’ve noticed in my limited research of the stones that have passed through my life over the years that nearly everything has some sort of metaphysical property… healing, protection etc. Based off of color, composition etc. I’ve noticed however that all stones that I’ve come across seem to always have positive qualities. Never anything per say negative, or destructive, that I’ve noticed.

So my question is: are there inherently negative stones that cause negative reactions in people, or are they all positive beings? Can, say, a quartz crystal be programmed to do negative instead of positive? What of radiated quartz which is turned black due to exposure to X-ray radiation? I’m simply curious not doing bad juju on anyone…


That’s an excellent question!! This is actually something I cover in my book (Understanding the Crystal People). Obviously in the book, the information is pertaining only to quartz crystal, however my guess is it is the same for all stones… And in my view, applies to anything other than human, actually. Animals or plants or even some stones may be harmful or even deadly to us physically but they aren’t harmful out of malice. I think people are the only species that do that (except maybe some aliens, but it could be argued they are “people”… or maybe just following their instincts?) So, certainly there are stones which can be dangerous to us physically (stones which contain cyanide or arsenic for example), but again, they aren’t physically harmful out of malice.

So that would leave the portion of the question whether they can intentionally be programmed for ill-intent. The short answer is no.

To expound on that, the vibration in quartz is too high, and as sentient beings, a person can’t program a crystal or “trick” it into participating with a program with bad intent. The analogy I received from my crystal guide, Venus, is that if you take a lidded box (which is dark inside, in a sense, to “carry the dark within”) into a room blaring with light (room = crystal, dark inside box = evil intent) when you take the lid off the box, it doesn’t darken the room at all. The shadows inside the box are replaced with light and the room is no darker because you opened the lid of the box. The same analogy works with our crystal friends. If one attempts to put “shadow” into the crystal (with negative programming), the light within simply causes the shadow to disappear.

And as for very dark, irradiated crystals (naturally occurring or manipulated by man), they simply have the properties of smoky quartz (grounding, stabilizing etc), but no negative connotations. I can see where one might think a black stone could be perceived as possibly used in a dark way, but the crystal entity simply isn’t going to get on board with that. Since it is a matter of co-creation, it will not work. Not to say that someone might try it and say its working, and even if their dark agenda did work, it would have nothing to do with the crystal and all to do with the sender’s energy on its own… since crystals are sentient beings, not simply automaton tools, it’s not going to happen that the crystal could be “used” or even “tricked” in that way.

It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this question, so hopefully seeing the answer here will be helpful to more people. Excellent!

ADDENDUM: Something else to consider: There are stones which may not be a vibrational match to the person in question, so they may make the person physically uncomfortable (for example, some people and tektite) or which cause a reaction in people which is perceived as negative (headache, lightheadedness, etc), or which are absolutely physically harmful (for example contain toxic or poisonous elements such as malachite dust… as an aside, here is an excellent resource from Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy on toxic stones.) The stones are not harmful due to mal-intent, any more than a rattlesnake or shark is. For example, the snake or shark would also be very dangerous if put in someones lap! I think there are ways around this and exceptions to every rule, however Crystals absolutely cannot be intentionally programmed or manipulated to be used in a harmful way.

If you have questions about this topic or a different question all-together, please post it in the comments section below. I am happy to write a blog post. Just like our teachers used to tell us, chances are, if you have a question, someone else probably has the same question. Talk to you soon!

About Genn

Genn John has been acting as the legs for the Crystal People as the Keeper at Arkansas Crystal Works, an internet-based source for crystals and crystal knowledge, since 1995. Having accepted the honor to be their voice as well, she is the author of Understanding The Crystal People: A Handbook for Lightworkers; a crystal reference book for people who desire to fully understand their connection to the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. Genn has also published a 4 part series of coloring books which are a useful tool for anyone with an interest in learning the anatomical structures of quartz crystals. It features precise, extraordinary hand-drawn designs crafted especially for easy coloring and interactive study. Find the store and more at, or her blog at To connect: email -, facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.
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7 Responses to Question and Answer: Are There Any Negative Crystals/Gemstones

  1. CJ says:

    Excellent and informative! I have a question about Black Tourmaline. Everyone suggests it as the go to stone for transmitting negative energy. When I know I am going to be around certain people who make me uncomfortable or if I’m going somewhere unfamiliar, I will either wear my black tourmaline necklace or put one in my left pocket.
    It seems when I wear my black tourmaline necklace for a little while it gives me symptoms of anxiety. I get hot, red face, uneasy, etc… Then I take it off and those symptoms go away.
    I’ve noticed a pattern. I did not want this to be true with the black tourmaline, so I’ve tested it out.
    But, I wear a Tektite ring almost daily and have no problems. It seems even when I sleep with my Tektite ring that my dreams are more meaningful and I can remember them better.

    I always wear an Amethyst ring and Smokey Quartz pendant as well. I only take those off to shower.

    Any idea why this happens with the black tourmaline?

    Thank you in advance, sorry for the long post.

    With love,

    • CJ says:

      Transmutting* not transmitting.

    • Genn says:

      Hey CJ! Thanks for the great comment! No idea on the black tourmaline, but I DO know that different stones affect people differently. Apparently something in your vibration doesn’t mesh with the black tourmaline?? It is good that you noticed what it was and that you guys are simply not compatible at this time? I had a friend who couldn’t wear quartz for long because it gave her a headache. That passed as her vibrations changed. I am very comfortable with Tektite, too, but others aren’t. We’re all different! maybe the act of the negative energy transmuting is what is making you uncomfortable, and maybe the stone needs to be cleansed more often as you wear it… ??Perhaps stronger personal shielding before wearing it or asking one of your other stones to help ease the process of the transmutation? Just thoughts to try. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Deanna says:

    Very interesting article. I posted this on Hibiscus Moon’s blog as it related to a discussion there, but I wanted to buy a Morion Black Quartz to use when I share Reiki at an animal shelter, and I had read that Fire signs (I’m a Sagittarius) should not use this crystal as it can open up evil spirits — or something like that. I did end up purchasing one because I’m not the type of person who would open myself up to negative energy (I do use protection strategies) and I trust that a crystal would not bring in a lower energy like that. Just thought I’d mention it here as it relates to this topic. Thanks.

  3. Sheila says:

    I have a friend who is mentally unstable and working with 8 crystals bowls. Can her energy be transmitted to us when she plays them and we are lying down?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Sheila! Hmmm That’s a good question! I’m not sure, but I would think the vibration of the crystal would be high enough that any static she brings into the equation would be nullified. To be safe you can always shield before you start and request that only the highest vibrations be allowed through your shield. See if that resonates. If not, and you still feel uneasy, it is always best to defer to your own GUT feel no matter what others tell you.

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