Stones can take a lifetime to study and understand, which can be extremely overwhelming at first. I've created a "starter guide" for those who are looking to learn about stones but don't know where to start.
The ancient Chinese body of stone knowledge takes into account every aspect of the stone, from the molecular structure, mineral composition, development/formation, hardness, color, opacity, resonate earth elements, and growth structure class. They can be used in a variety of different ways, from direct application (touching the skin) vibrationally (home/area) or even ingested as elixirs or decoctions. Due to their highly organized molecular structure, they're some of the best recording and transmitting devices on the planet. They vibrate at a very high and organized frequency which is beneficial to humans on many levels. They all have specific properties that increase their aid. Below are some of the stones I would consider the most critical for any collector.
Clear quartz is the stone I most recommend for anyone. It is a powerful energy amplifier and incredible recording device. It is programmable to simulate most of the other stones that exist.
Hematite is a great stone for true grounding. It is made of iron so it resonates with the core of the earth. It is also a great blood tonifier and helps with red blood cell production. It also absorb disharmonious energy.
Amazonite is one of the best stones to bring in peace and relaxation. It helps to quell fear and also remove stuck patterns.
Amethyst is an amazing stone for balancing yin and yang (male/female) energy which brings peace and also elevated consciousness. It aids in sleep, dreaming, and meditation.
Sunstone is one of the most solar and therefore energizing stones. It helps usher in unconditional love and create movement in the chakras.
Rose Quartz is the best stone for love in general, especially self-love. It is powerful and gentle at the same time, providing a friendly companion and strength to the heart.
Clearing and Charging Stones
There are hundreds of methods out there for clearing stones. Most of them aren't correct or beneficial for every stone. The best guide I know is from my teacher, so rather than try to repeat the information, I'll let you hear it straight from her:
Clearing And Recharging Stones - The Last Guide You'll Ever Need