Getting Crystals Ready for Adoption

photograph of quartz crystal point

quartz crystal point with phantom

In the past week or so I have been preparing crystals for adoption ( I thought it might be interesting to share what I do to get the crystals web-ready.

I look through my recently acquired crystals to see which ones want to be posted (I silently ask them in my mind as I am looking). My eye is drawn to the ones that are ready to go, as I pick them up I can feel whether it’s a “go” or a “no”. I put the “go’s” into a box and take them out to the studio for the next step.

I pick up each crystal and determine which is the top and front, and then I photograph each one.

I am careful not to spend too much time conversing with each crystal at this time because I know I am going to re-visit each later and I like to be surprised when it comes time to read them. Doing it this way makes me feel like the person looking through my site and I are discovering the crystal together.

After photographing, I put each crystal in a plastic sandwich bag with its corresponding number thenΒ I download all the pictures from my camera to the computer. I edit each picture (crop out backgrounds), make a thumbnail of each, and name them in a succession of numbers. (eg: CLEAR123, GOLDEN123, CLUSTER123, etc)

When the pictures are all ready to go, I cut and paste them to a working file in the format in which they will appear on the website (photo, name of crystal, description, approximate measurements).

Now we get to the phase where I connect individually to each crystal. I take the crystal out of the bag and set the bag and numbered card out of the way. I measure length, width and depth. Then, starting with physical characteristics, I begin by looking at the faces and counting edges. This lets me know if it is a Channeler, Dow or Transmitter or if it has extra facets (Windows) or has special faces such as five-sided (Isis) or eight-sided (Grounding).

Since I’m looking at the faces, next I check the surface features to see if there are Record Keepers, Sacred Sigils, Etching or markings such are found on Gas Phantoms.

I move down to the body of the point. Does it have Barnacles or Lineation or Etching? Are there companion points? Bridges or penetrating points?

Moving on from there, I look inside the crystal for Phantoms, Manifestation points, Fairy Frost and Rainbows. I see if I get a feel whether this point is Masculine or Feminine. Noting the clarity or milkiness of a point helps determine whether a point is Masculine (clear) or Feminine (milky or densely cloudy) but just as in people, the physical characteristics don’t always match the expected energy. It’s best not to make pre-judgements.

Finally I check the base to see if it is Self Healed, Double Terminated or Extra Terrestrial. I make notes in the description area as I find each of these things.

When I am finished reading the physical characteristics, I put the crystal in my left hand (receptive) and place my right hand over it (like holding a small animal). I center myself and make sure both my feet are flat on the floor and not crossed. Usually I close my eyes. I settle into myself and take note of any new sensations in my body (such as pulsing or heaviness) or thoughts (sometimes I get stories and sometimes I am just filled with an emotion). I record these in the description.

When I’m finished and feel like I have represented the crystal as best I can, I put it back in the bag, pick up a new crystal and begin again.

After the measuring, determining and reading, I cut and paste each to the website and give each a shopping cart button. Upload via FTP… and VIOLA!!! Now we are done.

WOW!! It’s a long process and no wonder it sometimes takes me a little while to get new crystals posted. I will be easier on myself when I feel like I should have more crystals done!

I look forward to seeing you in the next blog post!

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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 - [email protected], facebook -, Instagram - gennjohn or Twitter @GennJohn.

12 Responses to Getting Crystals Ready for Adoption

  1. joey tan says:

    interesting site. Just want to know the real reason behind the meaning of “adoption” in collection crystals. Why it was called such and not labelled as “buying” crystals. thanks for the advance info and happy to have encountered your website.

    • Genn says:

      Hey Joey! Crystals are sentient beings. I say adopting out and not β€œselling” because I have never felt that crystal is something I am selling, (which implies ownership) but rather that I am helping it get to where it needs to go. My role has been to act as the legs for the Crystal People; in other words, matching the crystal to its new home and then helping it to get there. Thanks for the great question!

  2. Michelle says:

    Genn, I am so impressed by what goes into your process. Not only is it the amount of time, but the amount of love you have for your crystals each step of the way! Your deep reverence clearly shows. Opening packages from you is like opening a jam-packed box of energetic confetti radiating love, joy, and crystal goodness!! The crystals I have adopted from you so far have been truly amazing – their energy blows me away!! The connection I have with each of them has been special, especially with my “Ask Genn” crystal πŸ™‚ My heart is so full!! Thank you for all that you do!!

  3. Marcy says:

    Thank you, Genn, for all the beautiful crystals you share with us. A special thanks for sharing the whole process! Love your crystals, they are very special.

  4. Hi Genn, Whew! Thank you for your work. You know I appreciate you all over the place, right? Love and peace!

  5. Dani Montoya says:

    Thanks for sharing your process. The Crystal Record Keeper I got from you several years ago is still my favorite of all my crystals. Wonderful description of all the different crystals on your website.

  6. Tom Ogren says:

    WOW!! It IS a long process….yes, for sure, but hey, it all makes a lot of good sense. Keep up the good work, Glen.


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