Best Crystals & Stones For Protection

Carrying a crystal or two is a common means of magical and energetic protection. Even if you aren’t a magic practitioner, there are plenty of crystals that can help you filter out the negative energy from other people or situations.

If you often find yourself exhausted or anxious after going out, you might benefit from working with one of these protection stones:

1. Amethyst

A purple Amethyst crystal used for protection.

Amethyst’s name comes from the belief that it could protect against intoxication. While that’s not necessarily true, it can help defend against nightmares when placed in a dream pillow or kept on a nightstand.

When worn, it acts as a general protective talisman against negative energy.

See article: Amethyst: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

2. Black Obsidian

Black obsidian isolated on white.

Black obsidian is often used for banishing. (It’s probably unsurprising that this volcanic glass has also historically been used to make weapons.)

If you think you might be the victim of a hex, jinx, or other form of baneful magic, carry or work with black obsidian to cut through it.

3. Black Tourmaline

A black tourmaline stone isolated on a white background.

Black tourmaline is a wonderful all-around stone to have. It’s calming, grounding, and deflects negative energy. Some even call it “the stone of protection!” It works by both repelling unwanted energy, and sending it back to the Earth.

Keep small stones on you, and place larger one near the doors to your home.

See article: Black Tourmaline: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

4. Carnelian

A bright orange carnelian crystal isolated on white.

Carnelian is used to protect against theft, accidents, and natural disasters. Keeping an inscribed stone on your windowsill is said to guard against lightning strikes, and provides psychic protection when worn.

See article: Carnelian: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

5. Fire agate

A fire agate gemstone isolated on white.

This red agate is used to protect against hexes, jinxes, and people who might wish you harm. If a person tries to send negative magic or energy, fire agate redirects it back to the sender. Wear it as jewelry, or carry it as a pocket stone.

See article: Agate: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

6. Hematite

A hematite gemstone used for protection.

Hematite is believed to reflect negative energy back to the sender, just like its shiny, dark, mirrored surface indicates.

For empaths, therapists, healers, social workers, and others who are in close proximity to people experiencing strong emotions, hematite can act as an energetic shield.

See article: Hematite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

7. Jet

A Jet gemstone on a white background.

Jet is a fantastic stone for empaths. It’s great at keeping the user from internalizing other people’s negative energy. This fossilized wood is also a very “active” stone, meaning that it absorbs a lot.

If you wear it as jewelry or work with it often, cleanse it frequently to keep it in top form.

8. Kyanite

A blue kyanite crystal on a white background.

Have you ever been a victim of gaslighting? This is a type of mental attack where someone deliberately tries to alter your perception of reality. They may tell you that events you vividly remember didn’t actually happen, or, if they did, they didn’t happen the way you think they did.

That’s where blue kyanite can protect you. It’s an excellent stone for focus and mental clarity. If you need to protect yourself against people trying to pull one over on you, wear or carry this stone.

Black kyanite, on the other hand, has more grounding energy. While many of its properties are very similar to blue kyanite, it is more often used for protecting against psychic attacks and malevolent spells.

In general, kyanite is said to be so good at destroying negative energy that some practitioners claim it doesn’t need to be cleansed.

See article: Kyanite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

9. Labradorite

A labradorite stone used for protection.

Labradorite is good for protecting against envy, psychic attacks, and the “evil eye.” If you feel that you are or might be the victim of negative energy purposefully sent by another person, wear or carry labradorite.

It can help repel other people’s fixations on you, and guard you against malicious energies.

See article: Labradorite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

10. Malachite

A green Malachite gemstone on a white background.

Malachite is a wonderful stone for protecting against accidents of all kinds. For this reason, it often finds its way into spells for general protection — while other stones can protect one’s aura from evil or negative energies, malachite can help guard against misfortune.

It’s especially useful for travel magic. Wear it as jewelry or keep it as a pocket stone.

See article: Malachite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

11. Pyrite

Shiny pyrite on a white background.

Pyrite, like hematite, is known for its shiny, metallic surface. Also like hematite, pyrite is excellent for sending negative emotions and energies back to their source.

Pyrite is ruled by the sun, and these solar associations also make it great for chasing away negativity of all types.

See article: Pyrite: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

12. Sardonyx

A Sardonix stone used for protection.

This stone is believed to guard against theft. Keep a large one near the front door of your home, and place smaller ones at the corners of your property. It can also make a good addition to a protection jar spell buried in your back yard.

13. Smoky quartz

A smoky quartz crystal on a white background.

These crystals are often used for psychic protection. If you’re a spirit worker, smoky quartz can be an invaluable tool when it comes to keeping negative entities from trying to latch on to you.

Since it’s such a workhorse, smoky quartz needs to be cleansed very often. Wear or carry small specimens, or place larger ones in your home to guard an entire room.

See article: Smoky Quartz: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.

14. Spirit quartz

A spirit quartz protection crystal on a white background.

Sprit quartz, sometimes known as fairy or cactus quartz, it a kind of quartz crystal covered in tiny, spiky protrusions. These spikes are all individual crystals growing from the main body.

It’s useful for providing a kind of shield against negative entities. If you feel that you live in or often pass through a place that’s haunted, or even just has vibes that feel a bit “off,” wear this crystal to protect yourself.

15. Tiger’s eye

A brown tiger's eye gemstone.

Tiger’s eye is a particularly excellent protection stone for travelers. In fact, multiple travel spells use it as a kind of protective talisman for keeping in vehicles (or, if you’re taking a boat, plane, or public transit, your pocket).

Keep it close to you, especially when you’re going somewhere.

See article: Tiger’s Eye: Magical Properties, Benefits & Uses.


Crystal jewelry or pocket stones are a discreet way to give yourself protection from the people, energies, and entities around you, while large specimens can guard your home and possessions.

Even if other people don’t mean to harm you, their emotions and vibrations can still throw you off. These stones can deflect or absorb these energies, keeping you from feeling their effects.

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