Whether you want to make a million or mend a broken heart, Californian healer Heather Askinosie believes the answer lies in the mystical energy of crystals. But is the latest well being trend really a magic cure-all or simply new-age nonsense?

Once dismissed as New-Age nonsense (or simply overpriced tat), in today’s era of wellness crystals have nudged into the acceptable mainstream. You’ve listened to your mindfulness app, knocked back your turmeric supplement – so is popping a nugget of rose quartz in your handbag that big a deal?

The usual suspects – Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian – have given crystals a glossy A-list appeal, sharing how they’ve boosted their health, happiness and success. But now the trend has filtered all the way down to the humble British high street. You can buy healing crystal jewellery at Accessorize, a crystal starter kit at Waterstones. Even sensible John Lewis is getting involved: its most recent retail report predicts that crystals will be big business next year and it’s soon to stock ‘a choice of crystals that meet your well-being requirements’.

Google searches for ‘crystal healing’ in the UK have more than doubled in the past five years, but decades before we all jumped on the bandwagon, Californian Heather Askinosie was advocating the self-help potential of crystals. Co-founding her company Energy Muse back in 2000 (one of her earliest clients was Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis), her crystal necklaces are the gold standard for crystal converts, worn by the likes of Celine Dion, Blake Lively, Heidi Klum and, er, Gordon Ramsay.

Crystals are a tool; they are something we can utilise – like meditation – to tap into ourselves and get to know ourselves better.’ ‘They help us take action in our lives. I’m not saying pray to a crystal; it’s not a religion. Crystals are a form of energetic medicine we can use to make our lives better.’

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