My book of choice at the moment is The Power Of Crystal Healing by Emma Lucy Knowels (Beyoncé’s lesser-known sister, probably).

I’m a spiritual MO’FO and have always loved rocks… Sedimentary, metamorphic and the other one.

But, for the past few years, I’ve also been into crystals. I don’t know if they have the power to heal, as this book suggests, but I do believe that the placebo effect has worked for me in the past.

If you believe it’ll happen, you’ll feel it.

What is my favourite rock? I have a lapis lazuli ring that I cannot live without. I actually lost it after just two weeks once, and was so panicky but the lady at the shop I bought it from kindly replaced it with another, free of charge.

According to her, if you lose the stone or it breaks/shatters, that means the rock has served its purpose. She was reluctant that I should replace the ring after losing it, but I told her that I wanted to out of choice.

Each stone has a different meaning or purpose. This book teaches you about all of them and how to cleanse them, if you’re into that.

I do believe they work, but as I said – just as a placebo thing. It’s more wishful thinking than anything… Other than that, they’re just really pretty to look at and pair with an outfit.

Oh, and there’s a stone for every birth month. Mine is opal, I think. I’d suggest looking into which ones represent yours, it’s fun to know and maybe try wearing it and seeing if it works for you [and you’re into that kind of thing]?

As I said, it might not, but if you’re into pretty and unique looking stones, you’ll love these.

I also like that they’re affordable. A small piece costs £3 depending on type and/or rarity.

Another thing, there’s a stone for every chakra. So, you don’t need to do yoga every week to strengthen yours.

Fun fact: when I first the word “chakra”, I thought it was a misspelling of Chaka Khan. 🙈

I am someone who’d collect the pebbles on a beach if it wasn’t unhygienic. So, these rocks are the next best thing. No, I don’t expect them to change my life. I just think they’re pretty and can work if you believe they will.

Does meditating with them work? I find that sometimes just wearing them is enough. I find it very hard to switch off, so meditating for me is a mission that I don’t always choose to accept. Simply because being alone with my thoughts is just annoying as heck! My mind never stops.

Where’s the best place to get one from? A specialist store. Avoid getting them from Amazon and the like as they might not be real. Also, if you’re really fascinated by them, they work best when chosen from a sea of others.

If you’re ordering online, you don’t get a sense of which is best nor the opportunity to test them out. You can’t get drawn to it. Also, they all come in different forms, so apart from the particular stone you choose, the one that’s delivered is the one you’re stuck with.