Interview: Working with Crystals with Rachel Crethar, Rock & Co.

Rachel Crethar is a Sydney based wife and mum of two, media strategist, crystal lover and moon watcher who founded Rock & Co in 2015.

Why did you create Rock & Co?

I started Rock & Co as a little passion project in late 2015 with the idea to start a website curating all of the beautiful modern spiritual items that I love: crystals, books, oils and beauty products.

Why crystals?

The more I educated myself on crystals and minerals, the more curious I became. Friends and family started to ask for advice on which crystal would suit certain areas of their home or help manifest specific goals.

Crystals were something I had when I was a teenager, along with tarot cards and then I ‘grew up’. It wasn’t until I was going through a rough time in 2014 that I started meditating and it opened me up again to exploring all things spiritual.

I’m drawn to crystals for their beauty but also the metaphysical side of things. I find it so interesting the links between the emotional and physical and how crystals can help shift blocks in the chakras and meridian system.

I initially fell in love with the unique beauty and aesthetic qualities of crystals and minerals but was quickly drawn in by their metaphysical properties after witnessing positive changes in my own life.

In my own life I use them in so many ways. In my pocket for grounding and protection, on my desk for creativity and abundance, my bedside for calm and self love. Some crystals I have had with me for years and then others I use at particular moments when I’m trying to shift or heal something.

How do you choose crystals?

I tend to choose crystals on instinct firstly. If for some reason I can’t decide then I’ll hold one in each hand and see which arm or hand tingles, that’s how I know which one is for me or the person I’m buying for.

Why do crystals need cleansing and what are the best ways to cleanse them?

You can cleanse crystals in many ways: moon light, sea salt, sage, palo santo, white light visualisations or essential oil sprays like the one I sell. It’s really just whatever you feel drawn to do at the time. You need to be careful with water and sprays though as there are many crystals that can not get wet.

To get the most out of your crystals it is important to cleanse and charge them regularly.

Crystals can pick up negative energy from other people, either through touch or from simply being in the same vicinity.

Whether cleansing or charging your crystal, the methods are the same. For example, you might use the moonlight to cleanse but you might also use it to charge your stone too. It comes down to your natural instinct and your intent.

Some of the crystals that should avoid direct sunlight include; Amethyst, Ametrine, Apophyllite Green, Aquamarine, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Opal, Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Spirit Quartz, Topaz, Turquoise.

Some of the crystals that should avoid water include; Halite, Himalayan Salt Lamps, Malachite, Selenite, Pyrite Matrix (in particular the talc) and Pyrite Suns.

After your crystals are cleansed and charged, it’s a good idea to set an intention for them. To do this you can either meditate or sit quietly and hold your crystal in the palm of your hand.

Be clear in your instructions, for example: ‘This piece of Citrine is bringing an abundance of new clients into my business’. You can set your intention for the crystal mentally or verbally.

Put the crystal in a place where you will see it at least once a day, but ideally where others won’t touch it. Think of the intention and repeat it to yourself every time you see the crystal.

Where do you source your crystals? Are they sustainably mined? Is fair trade used or other regulations for workers?

I trust a handful of people that have been in the industry a very long time. My main contact, who has become a mentor to me, has been importing crystals for 20 years. He has visited each contact in person and has long term relationships with them.

Rock & Co is committed to sourcing only the best quality crystals and minerals from the most ethical sources. 

That said, unless you were physically witnessing each mine then no one would be able to say they truly know. If I hear about any types of crystals or areas that might be a concern then I do not stock them. Lapis is one crystal at the moment that is said to be considered a black diamond so I avoid that.

How can crystals be used for healing?

Crystals work through the human energy system, that is our chakras, meridian system and aura, not through our physical body.

Overall, crystals should be used to ‘speed up’ the healing process by encouraging emotional release, spiritual development or awakening and helping to balance your chakras meridian system.

Our energy system can affect our physical body. Memories can be held in our joints, cells and bones so it’s important to clear these points and keep the energy flowing through the body to avoid illness.

What should we be looking for when we purchase crystals? Is there such thing as a grading system or quality system?

It depends if you are buying them for resale one day and want them to increase in value (which they will) or whether you are simply just drawn to a particular crystal. The piece of Citrine that I used when I started my website and still keep on my desk top this day is quite possibly one of the most unattractive Citrine I’ve ever come across but it works.

Can everyone benefit from bringing crystals into their lives?

Of course. Who doesn’t need a little healing in their life?