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What You Need to Know Before Buying Crystals Online

INSIDE: Thinking about buying crystals online? You can get some amazing pieces by shopping that way, but only if you know how to properly vet the online shop. As these questions so you don't get burned.


The power of crystals and stones to transform our energy, provide clarity and protection, and assist in our healing has attracted people for centuries. In this modern age, our quest for the ideal gemstone has transitioned to the virtual space as well, as the internet has opened the door to buying crystals online.

Buying crystals is very much an introspective, personal journey that will manifest differently for each one of us and picking the right stone for you may prove more challenging than anticipated.

But the process of collecting crystals can be daunting if you don't know where to begin or if you don't already have a favorite source.

Since so much of our shopping is now done online, why not buy crystals online as well? 

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8 Tips for Buying Crystals Online: What to Ask When Choosing the Right Online Crystal Shop 

Shopping online for crystals can be just as fun as finding them in real life. You can still follow your intuition, scroll through well-stocked inventories and even read their meanings to find the perfect new crystal for you.

In your quest for the perfect gemstone, here are some questions to ask yourself...

Are There Lots of High-Quality Photos?

When shopping for crystals online, follow your intuition. This inner awareness will lead you to the crystals you need the most for your personal sanctuary, instead of just a fashionable addition to a room.

Undoubtedly, it can be easy to get lost in the myriad of photos and articles about buying crystals. This is precisely why, the higher quality, professional photos of gemstones will always stand out from the rest.

Quality images ensure you don't unknowingly risk buying subpar products or that you'll be surprised (in a bad way) when the product arrives. Positive reviews, compelling videos, and high-quality photos are all great clues to quality crystals.

At, we offer multiple, high-quality photos for each crystal we sell, and we often include a video as well!

Do They Have Lots of Reviews?

Impulse purchases can surely be satisfying and boost your dopamine levels right up. However, you can sometimes be disappointed if you end up buying fake products online.

That's why, once you’ve spotted your beautiful crystal online, take the time to also look up the store of origin on Google reviews, Facebook reviews, Amazon, Etsy and others. Keep a list of trusted sources and add as many elements to your list as you can find.

Most reputable stores that allow you to buy crystals online will have a page or more dedicated to customer feedback, reviews, and even post-purchase photos. These are all good indicators that your store of choice is trustworthy. 

For example, at Cosmic Cuts, we have thousands of 5-star reviews. You can check them out here!

5-Star Reviews

Can You Shop by Intention?

Your intention for an outcome you desire will determine how you use a crystal and which ones you should purchase in the first place. Whether you want to spice up a relationship, improve your health, or simply love yourself more, there's a crystal for that.

Not all online crystal shops offer a way to purchase crystals according to intention, which can make it difficult to find the right crystals for you. 

Here's a quick list of some of the most popular intentions and some crystals that match up:

You can shop by intention at by visiting our Collections page.

Do They Have In-Depth Product Descriptions & Articles About Crystals on Their Website?

A quality crystal shop that knows what they are selling will provide lots of information about each crystal and will have an online article bank of knowledge to learn from.

You want to buy from experts who have a passion for crystals. Not only will that allow you to know that they can answer any questions you have, but it also ensures that they are selling high quality crystals and minerals.

Read our About page and our owner's bio to learn about our passion and expertise!

Can You Speak to an Expert?

An exciting aspect of shopping for crystals is the prospect of finding something unique. When it comes to purchasing products like crystals, the internet isn't always considered a safe place, however, and talking directly to an expert may help put your mind at ease.

Even if certain online metaphysical shops do have experts working for them, it can often be difficult to reach them. 

At, you can schedule a virtual appointment. Let us know what you want to see and we'll have it ready for you so you can see on live camera what it looks like, while learning from our experts.

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Do They Offer Free Returns if Your Crystals Break During Shipping?

It's important to read the crystal shop's Shipping Policy before making your purchase. Crystals are delicate and breaks in transit can happen.

Take your time to find a trusted and reputable online store, that offers free returns if your crystals get damaged in transit. Or save yourself some time and shop at, because that's exactly what we offer. 

You also want to look at the crystal shop's Return Policy. If the product you receive isn't what you hoped, or even if you change your mind, you should be allowed to return it.

Check out our Shipping & Return Policy here!

Do They Offer Free Shipping?

Before making a crystal purchase online, it's important to consider if they offer free shipping, and which quantities or dollar amounts qualify for free shipping. 

Many shops either don't offer free shipping since crystals are delicate and heavy and it can be difficult to ship them. Others have high purchase amounts that you have to hit before receiving free shipping, such as $150. 

At, we offer free shipping on all orders over $35!

Do They Have a Large Inventory of Hand-Picked Crystals? 

To sell crystals in the U.S., most of the supply will come from places like Brazil, where retailers can purchase a wide variety of crystals and precious stones.

While many online crystal shops simply order from mines in Brazil sight unseen, others like Cosmic Cuts, actually fly to Brazil to handpick their inventories.

It's also important to note that these mines offer retailers higher quality crystals if they purchase larger quantities.

Due to the quantities we purchase, Cosmic Cuts gains access to the back rooms where the highest quality crystals are located, so you can rest assured you are getting the best crystals in world when you shop with us!

You can learn more about buying crystals by reading our Gemstone Buyers Guide.

Final Thoughts 

If you're planning to shop for crystals online, keep these tips in mind. Before choosing an online store for crystals, it is important to check the online reviews, which will tell you a lot about the store.

Intuition and intention are key factors when shopping for crystals online. It is important to carry out thorough research when you are planning to buy genuine crystals.

And always remember that buying crystals is always a deeply personal journey; ultimately the only person who can determine which crystal is right for you is you.

Crystal Choice Quiz

* Crystals and stones should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Please read our full disclosure notice here. 

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