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!

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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.

27 Responses to Question and Answer: Are There Any Negative Crystals/Gemstones

  1. Isaac says:

    Thanks for the interesting information!

  2. Monica says:

    Hello Gen,

    I have a question about Brandberg crystal. I read that it’s a high vibration crystal that is considered the master healer. However after handling it a few times I seem to have a negative reaction to it, mostly on the physical level. All of a sudden all of my past physical ailments returned, my back that healed started hurting again, my foot that already healed and was feeling good started hurting again too, and some new stuff like tingling in my foot started. I decided not to handle that crystal anymore since obviously I’m not meshing well with it. However I’m curious, could it really have caused this? How do I get those ailments to heal since they seem to have gotten reactivated by the Brandberg? Thanks!

    • Genn says:

      Hey Monica! Wow! So sorry to hear about your issues with the Brandberg.. Let me start my response with the fact that I haven’t had much opportunity to work with them. As you know, they are a combination of clear, amethyst, smoky and other minerals, and they come from Africa… my expertise lies in clear quartz crystal, primarily Arkansas quartz. That being said, I will tell you what information came through as I was meditating on your question. To keep this reply short(ish), basically I wondered if the symptoms which you had worked to eliminate were simply repressed (not “healed”) and perhaps the underlying reason for the symptoms is still there? Maybe the Brandberg is bringing these maladies to light to let you know that the underlying reason for them is still unaddressed? I read that Brandberg crystals can help you with soul contracts (and as Lightworkers we know our soul contracts are often very complex, deep rooted and can be… how shall I say… challenging at best).

      First off, I was wondering if your crystal has a Phantom in it? Perhaps the symptoms are carryovers from a past life experience or unhealed trauma and the crystal is “helping” you by bringing the “symptoms” back so the core issue can be found, addressed and worked through? These are just areas to ponder, see if it resonates with you.

      For sure, if you are having a lot of problems working with ANY crystal, sometimes it is a good idea to set it aside and regroup, it just might not be time for you to work with that crystal in such an intense manner. You can also talk with the crystal and ask it to tone it down a bit for you, that uncomfortable symptoms are arising. Keep in mind that this may not be possible (the crystal may know that it will require discomfort and simply can’t tone it down) so in this case, you might have to wait until you are ready to begin again. See if this resonates or leads you to another answer, often it will spark a new track and your answers will come.

      Since you asked this question on this particular blog post, I also wanted to address that I don’t believe the crystal is negative, (I just don’t believe they can be) even though the symptoms which are returning are certainly not fun. I don’t think the crystal is “causing your pain to return” for ill reason, but rather for deeper healing. Like debridement of a wound, it is necessary in order for the wound to TRULY heal to scrape off the dead stuff (an INTENSELY unpleasant process but necessary for complete healing).

      As an aside, you might want to try cleansing and clearing the crystal in case there are residual energies from the mining process that need to be released. However, that being said, I tend to think the reason for the returning symptoms is due to an unaddressed core issue. You might need to regard this particular crystal as a no-nonsense healer/helper that knows it will require tough love to help you to get to the core issue causing the symptoms. All crystals, just because they may be labeled healers, aren’t necessarily fluff and soft coddling. Sometimes deep healing requires a firm hand and scraping of tender flesh which might have “looked” healed on the surface (in the case of the debridement example). Just musing. See if this resonates. I am happy to answer any questions that might arise after my answer. Wishing you best of luck!

      • Monica says:

        Hi Genn,

        I replied yesterday but I don’t see my reply so perhaps it didn’t go thru. First off I want to thank you for your answer. It’s quite possible that that’s what happened. I did clear the crystal twice before handling it so it should have been cleared of any old energies. I guess for now I decided to just stay away from it since every time I think of touching it, I don’t want to do it. Perhaps it’s just not a good time for that. I’ll stick to my other crystals that I connect with well. Thank you!

        • Genn says:

          I think it is a wise decision. If you aren’t resonating, don’t force the issue. It isn’t mandatory we get along with every crystal we encounter, that’s for certain! Perhaps this crystal is meant for someone else (or if not, for you at a later time, like you said.) Thanks for your questions and input!! hugs

  3. Ali says:

    Hi Genn I bought a crystal recently locally, it’s a labradorite with yellows and other colours flashing on one side, but around the back and side of the crystal are quite a few black markings which I keep seeing ‘scary shapes or figures’ in. I don’t know if it’s my imagination being over reactive and anxious but I’ve felt scared and wondered what they were. They seem to change other times I look at the black areas on it and I see other shaped or figures resembling humans or animals. I’ve not experienced this before and wondered if it’s something in the crystal and should I change it? There were other labradorite crystals I looked at but this was the only one that had the pretty flash of yellow light and colours down the front of it but I feel uneasy since I saw the dark figures around the back of it. Thank you

    • Genn says:

      Hi Ali! Apologies for the delay in getting back to you! I am really more in tune with quartz crystal, so this question is a little bit off my path. However, that being said, if you are feeling uncertain about your crystal, you might want to clear and cleanse it. It is possible the stone is bringing up fears you have around this subject (not causing the fear). Labradorite is a beautiful stone, and the black is part of the stone… a really informative website I found on this is here… this part stood out to me in particular: “The vivid labradorescence revealed beneath the gray or black labradorite surface represents deeper, hidden realms beneath the everyday world. These “seen” and “unseen” elements define the root of labradorite meaning.” It could be that you need to remember to shield and possibly work through emotions regarding your anxiety about the “spooky figures” and this stone is reminding you of that. I don’t think the stone is negative or bad, read the post on Labradorite and see if it resonates with you. I would absolutely clear it, (and get to know it!) that should help. Thanks so much for your question! (and don’t hesitate to ask if further questions arise).

  4. marinette says:

    hi I am marinette! can you help me answer my question? please my question is can you exlplain if their are small negative rocks?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Marinette! Thanks for your question. In my opinion, no. It seems to be a short answer, but, small or large, my answer is the same as in the blog post. I hope I have answered your question, thanks for asking!

  5. Dee says:

    can crystals damage any chakras? recently a friend was told by someone who checked her aura on the computer that wearing an aquamarine or a jade was damaging her throat chakra. was he just trying to get her to buy his crystals or can this be true?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Dee! I can’t speak to the situation or the person’s motivations since I don’t know the whole story, but I am not of the belief that gemstones cause harm in that way. I think if a person is incompatible with a stone, then the stone might not prove to be beneficial for them… (for example, I have a friend who can’t tolerate the energy of Tektite) but I don’t believe stones will cause _harm_ in that way (“damaging” a chakra). I do think there might be better choices of gemstones for a particular chakra, and it will vary from person to person… if a person finds that a particular stone doesn’t feel good to them, they should follow that guidance and choose another stone. However, a random person telling them that a stone (that doesn’t feel bad to the person) is bad for them or damaging them, in my opinion, is giving our power away to others. (caveat: there are stones which are physically poisonous (ie: orpiment has arsenic, cinnabar, mercury ore), I’m not talking about this kind of stone. This answer is just energetically speaking). Hope this helps, and thanks for your question, it is a good one!

  6. Justice Rickman says:

    I think I recently had a crystal choose me, but at the time I didn’t get the crystal.Will the crystal find me or have I lost it forever?

    • Genn says:

      Hey Justice! Sorry to hear that you missed out on your crystal, but don’t worry. The energy/consciousness of the crystal that chose you can still reach you via another crystal (or even astrally). They are all connected. Also, you can still connect to the “missed” crystal mentally/astrally. While it isn’t there for you PHYSICALLY, the connection is still valid!

  7. sandy says:


    • Genn says:

      Sandy!! I can understand your upset. TRULY!!! It is heartbreaking to lose a favored crystal! That being said… take a deep breath and know with certainty that all is well. Your crystal friend might have chosen you because it needed to get to another person (whomever finds it at the gas station)… and told you to wear it because it knew it would be mobile that way (beside your bedside or elsewhere it wouldn’t, see!?) ALL IS WELL. The other great thing is that we are forever connected to our crystals, once we have bonded (and bonding may take even only a moment!). I have many many favored crystals which I knew were meant to go to someone else when the person wrote to me and described the crystal. While I was sad to send it on its way, I always knew that we maintained a connection, no matter the distance. You can still connect to your necklace crystal but might find that once you connect (via your mind) it will let you know that it was meant to be “dropped” and is busy helping others and thankful to you for giving it a ‘lift’ ! So instead of feeling sad (well, sad is ok, distressed is not) know that you have helped your Crystal Friend to be of further service in the world. Big hugs!!

      • sandy says:

        Thank you for your reply. it helped me immediately to understand. I am so new at this and it was the first crystal to talk to me. I will miss it, but it is a great comfort to know I can still have contact with it while it goes forth in it’s mission of helping others . I am still hoping that one day when it’s ready to retire it will find its way back to me. That would make me very happy. lol.
        I have another question for you. Because i handle so many crystal I never have a physical reaction [tingling etc.] Most crystals I get nothing of any kind. But when I do it is more of a mental reaction. I seem to want to put some up to my lips to taste it. So far I have not tasted anything and if I don’t ,I put it on my forehead. Is that safe to do? I have had a number of reactions to the crystal on my forehead. I have saved those and made necklaces for my self with those. So far i have not felt the need to put large crystals to my lips or forehead. There is so much of this I don’t understand yet but am learning as fast as i can. Thank you for your help

        • Genn says:

          Hey Sandy! Not everyone will experience the same thing when holding crystal… some people feel things, others, see, hear taste or just know. Has to do with our main “clair”. For example, clair-sentience = clear feeling, clair-voyant = clear seeing, clair-cognizant = clear knowing etc… some people are equal on all (tend to be psychics) others have one or two that are primary. Also I am “called” often to put crystals on the top of my head or on my heart chakra or … it varies. And absolutely, follow your intuition without judgment! If you feel the need to do a certain thing, chances are good the message is coming from the crystal. You may find this blog post helpful: Thanks for your comments! They are all excellent!

  8. sandy says:

    i have been handling crystals for several years, and was only interested in selling them etc. recently i bought several pounds of points that i make jewely with. after i bought them and was alone with the crystals i picked up one and clear as a bell i heard it say that i should wear it around my neck. i have wire wrapped it and wear it except to shower. the first time i put it on i was flooded with love,joy,peace,gentleness etc. i love my crystal and will never sell it. another crystal i picked up after acquiring it told me it did not belong to me. i took it as negative at the time but i no longer do. i am just excited to pass off the crystal to the person it will choose to belong to.

  9. 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!

    • NV says:

      Perhaps you should attempt to put it on another part of your body even wear it in a different manor.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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