Essential Guide to Crystals by Simon & Sue Lilly

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: spirituality.

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Stars


If you’re looking to learn more about crystals and their properties, this small sized but thick (288 pages) is the simplest way to find and identify the crystals that spark your interest.

The Essential Guide to Crystals is a fantastic photo-identification guide of commonly used crystals, with short references to their usages, history, look-a-likes, and properties. Each crystal has two pages dedicated to information, and the guide is organized by color of the rock, which gives the reader a place to start if you don’t know the name of your crystals.


As someone who has always been fascinated by rocks (I used to collect them!), crystals have always had a special place in my home. As I’ve learned more about what they represent and what energies they carry, I was eager to restart my previous affair with them. However, I’m still very much a beginner, which is why I snagged this guide on my latest book haul.

I did fault it a star because I wish that there was more detail for the crystals that come in multiple colors (like jasper) or that have variations that aren’t necessarily natural (like man-made rainbow moonstone). I admit, I sometimes buy the crystals and stones because they’re pretty, not because I know what they do or represent, so it would be nice to be able to identify those as well, and this mostly keeps to the natural crystals.

BONUS: One of my favorite websites,, often does an article for each season of the zodiac, which also helps expand your knowledge of crystals. They also have great horoscopes and other astrology education, so definitely check it out!

Published: 2018

Publisher: Watkins

TL/DR: Essential Guide to Crystals by Simon and Sue Lilly is a visual reference guide on crystals and their usage.

Read it? Yes, if you are into crystals, this is a great reference.

Recommend it? Absolutely! Especially for beginners.

Buy it? Guides are meant to be bought, so I say yes.

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Categories: Book Review, Metaphysical/New Age, Nonfiction

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2 replies

  1. This sounds neat! Crystals are super cool and I recently got into Tarot so I’m kind of interested in crystals as well since a lot of readers have cool crystals on their altars. It’s good to know there are books out there that make getting into them a bit less scary!

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